Our Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions. The Code’s standards are based on International Labor Organization standards and internationally accepted good labor practices. We base our Code of Conduct on the Fair Labor Association standards and the Promotional Product Association International standards.
Companies affiliated with Fairware are expected to comply with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed and to implement the Workplace Code in their applicable facilities. When differences or conflicts in standards arise, affiliated companies are expected to apply the highest standard.
There shall not be any use of forced labour, whether in the form of prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour or otherwise.
No person shall be employed at an age younger than 15 (or 14 where the law of the country manufacture allows) or younger than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such age is higher than 15.
Harassment or Abuse
Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.
Health and Safety
Employers shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of employer facilities.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Wages and Benefits
Employers recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Employers shall pay employees, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
Hours of Work
Except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees shall (i) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture or, where the laws of such country do not limit the hours of work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.
In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
We seek out suppliers committed to environmental responsibility. We ask each vendor about their own ’in-house’ environmental practices (e.g. waste reduction), environmental certifications and information on the specific kind of materials they use in manufacturing their products.
Suppliers shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of products sold by the suppliers. Suppliers must meet all applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for supplier products and processes.
Subcontractors and Sources
We require all businesses that support our business as subcontractors, manufacturers or sources of goods to comply with all of the same policies stated in Fairware Code of Conduct. All subcontractors and suppliers are required to comply with all applicable and national laws. Direct suppliers are expected to monitor the subcontractors, manufacturers or sources of goods for meeting or exceeding the Fairware Code of Conduct and supply chains are expected to be transparent and traceable.