Tumi, Inc., conducts its business with the highest standards in mind in all facets of how we operate, the products we sell, and the people we employ.At Tumi, we have a strong commitment to social awareness and giving back to the communities where we operate. We believe that our brand represents a symbol of creativity, innovation and integrity, and that our business can represent a better and more responsible future. These strongly held beliefs are why Tumi encourages our associates and corporate partners to support their respective communities and why on the corporate level we have chosen to work with organizations that make a difference in terms of health, welfare and the environment.
As citizens of the world, we realize that progressive companies must function in a manner that respects the environment and ensures our associates, as well as affiliates of our business, are paid fairly, treated with integrity, and provided safe working conditions. To make certain these objectives are met, we conduct our business practices and, insist our associates, manage all transactions, associate relations and customer interfaces in an ethical fashion.
It is inherent within our culture to be more than just a company that sells bags and accessories. We believe in creating solutions, in the value that travel and exposure to other cultures inspire, and that the measure of today’s success is a stepping stone to greater success tomorrow.
Tumi strives to cultivate a work environment where every associate is appreciated, where we create the best products in the world, and provide outstanding customer service. Our company operates under its founding principles of excellence in design, functional superiority, technical innovation, unparalleled quality, and world-class customer service which is reflected in our corporate behavior and in our relationships with customers and suppliers.
Tumi associates are provided with pleasant and safe working conditions, paid fairly, provided comprehensive benefits programs, and treated with dignity and respect.
CODE OF ETHICS
Tumi encourages innovation, creativity and flexibility that fosters a dynamic and competitive organization and provides the resources which will enable associates to perform their jobs at the highest level possible while maintaining an equally high standard of business conduct and ethics and abiding by all government rules and regulations pertaining to Tumi’s business.
Complying with the law, both in letter and in spirit, is the foundation on which Tumi’s ethical standards are built. All associates must respect and obey all applicable laws and regulations in every jurisdiction where Tumi conducts business. Although not all associates are expected to know the details of these laws and regulations, it is important to know enough to determine when to seek advice from managers, Tumi’s General Counsel or the Human Resources Department.
Associates are expected to treat all colleagues, customers, suppliers and others with the utmost respect and dignity.
Tumi recognizes that the business has environmental responsibilities and strives to minimize the impact of its operations, and those of our business partners, upon the environment. Associates are responsible for striving to enhance the company’s environmental efforts and for taking into consideration the possible environmental impacts associated with their work activities.
FAIR LABOR ASSOCIATION
Tumi is a member of the Fair Labor Association, an organization that brings together colleges and universities, civil society organizations, and socially responsible companies in a unique multi-stakeholder initiative to end sweatshop labor and improve working conditions in factories worldwide. The FLA holds its participants, and those involved in the manufacturing and marketing process, accountable to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct which is based on International Labor Organization standards. The Code delineates the specific elements that FLA affiliated companies are required to enforce in factories that supply their products.
Specifically, the Code of Conduct stipulates the following:
Forced Labor There shall be absolutely no use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
Child Labor There shall be absolutely no use of child labor. No person shall be employed at an age younger than 15 (or 14 where the law of the country of 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 dignity and respect. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse.
Nondiscrimination No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment based on 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, or linked with, or occurring during the course of work or as a result of the operation of employer facilities.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining Employers shall respect and uphold the right of all employees to free association and collective bargaining. Wages and Benefits Employers recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs and pay at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally-mandated benefits at a minimum.
Hours of Work With the exception of extraordinary business circumstances, employees shall not be required to work more than the lesser of 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime, or 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 be entitled to a least one day off in every seven day period.
Overtime Compensation 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 countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.Tumi ensures the factories and suppliers with whom we do business adhere to these principles by affirming our beliefs and gaining commitment from them prior to entering a business relationship with them. In addition, we conduct compliance audits to monitor and confirm compliance to these precepts by these business partners. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & CORPORATE GIVING
Tumi contributes to various internationally and nationally recognized charitable organizations as well as local non-profit institutions that operate in the public interest or provide relief directly to those in need. Tumi strongly acknowledges its corporate responsibility to participate in relief efforts when disasters occur throughout the world.
Tumi also donates to various organizations, such as Médecins Sans Frontierès, the Clinton Bush Fund, and Global Giving, which send relief to disaster areas. Tumi also matches associate charitable contributions to encourage charitable giving on the part of our associates. In addition, Tumi has participated in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness program by designing an exclusive collection of pink products to be sold during the month of October with profits donated to Susan G. Komen or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude Children's Research Hospital studies and treats catastrophic diseases in children, especially pediatric cancers. The hospital, which only has about 80 beds, treats more than 5,900 children annually, most of who are treated on an outpatient basis as part of its research efforts into finding cures and more effective treatments. The hospital not only helps children with their medical care, but also helps their parents by paying all expenses that are not covered by insurance.
Corporate Sponsorship of the Thanks and Giving Campaign In 2004, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital invited companies to participate in the Thanks and Giving® campaign, an unprecedented union of celebrities, media, retail, and corporate partners, that asks consumers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.” The Thanks and Giving campaign was created by St. Jude National Outreach Director, Marlo Thomas and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. Tumi became a proud corporate sponsor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2010. We contribute most significantly through the efforts and commitment our retail team. During the holiday season, our retail associates ask each of their customers to support the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign by donating at the time of purchase.
Tumi has created exclusive luggage tags for this event spotlighting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital logo and donates a significant portion of the purchase price. Through the generous donations of our customers and associates, as well as a significant corporate donation, Tumi is able support the vital research and treatment conducted at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tumi Takes You Home Since 2011, Tumi introduced the Tumi Takes You Home event where thecompany donates travel cases specially designed for the patients and families at the hospital to help them travel to and from the hospital for treatment. In 2013, Tumi sponsored the PGA Wives Association Art Party held during the FedEx St. Jude Classic where patients created travel themed pictures. Some of these creations will be used on the bags to be designed for the Tumi Takes You Home event in 2014.
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY Tumi is working to better understand and manage the environmental issues associated with its operations and the operations of its business partners. Our management of these issues encompasses a wide range of initiatives.We strive to reduce our environmental impact without sacrificing the high quality our customers have come to expect. We are proud of the progress we have made regarding environmental responsibility initiatives and our ongoing dedication to it. Tumi has made some inroads in reducing our carbon footprint through our affiliation with the Center of Sustainable Design Studies at Pratt Institute, and by collaborating with our supply chain. Though our partners, we have identified and implemented various ways to improve sustainable practices in how we conduct business.
REDUCE Tumi has partnered with Pratt Institute Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation to conduct a life cycle study of a wheeled travel case and a business brief. The purpose of this study was to determinehow Tumi products affect the environment, if we employ processes to produce our product that would be considered harmful, identify how to reduce the amount of raw materials and energy we need to manufacture our productsfrom the raw materials stage to the consumer’s home, and lastly, to determine if our products are less environmentally harmful than products with a shorter life cycle that are replaced and discarded more frequently.
The results of the study indicated that while Tumi is already implementing many beneficial initiatives to reduce the use of environmentally harmful materials in its products, there are areas for improvement. Based on suggestions from the Pratt Institute, Tumi has made some initial progress in finding alternative material compositions to reduce environmental impact. Additionally, the repair team in Vidalia now works diligently with outside vendors to ensure that all metals, specifically aluminum, are appropriately recycled.
Other initiatives Tumi has implemented or is striving to achieve are: - Our retail stores are now equipped with high-efficiency compact metal halide lamps, which provide the same amount of light while using half the electricity than incandescent halogen lamps.
- Reducing the use of original (virgin) zinc by 50% in most hardware on our bags through the utilization of recycled zinc. This includes snap hooks, zipper pulls, and other metal parts on luggage and briefs. Using less zinc in our bags diminishes the negative effects of mining including the depletion of this precious mineral. Using less zinc also decreases water consumption through reduction of process usage, and decreases the substantial energy consumption required to extract and alloy the zinc.
- Implementing water-based polyurethane coating of the fabrics used in our bags instead of using a solvent-based process, resulting in less contaminants in the water supply.
- Working towards changing the dye process for black ballistic nylon from batch-dyed fabric to solution-dyed yarn. This process impregnates the colorant into the yarn when the yarn is extruded, a more energy efficient process compared to batch dyeing, as well as eliminating the water effluent and cleanup necessary in typical fabric dyeing process.
- Working towards the elimination of PVC materials in our products through collaboration with our design team to find new materials to use in its place. We are now over 95% complete in this effort.
- Tumi offers incentives to encourage the use of public transportation in the United States and Hong Kong. We are proud that 90% of our Asian team uses public transportation to get to work every day.
- Tumi ‘master packs’ products when possible. This means smaller products are packed inside larger ones for shipping. This saves on packing materials as well as reducing the energy needed to transport our products to Tumi stores and clients around the world.
- To reduce our use of environmentally harmful chemicals, such as mercury, lead, and arsenic, Tumi and our suppliers comply with all environmental regulations, including REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) in Europe, CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) in the United States, and Prop 65 in California. We combine these regulations with ours to create the strictest operating standard - The Tumi Standard.
REPAIR - Our repair teams throughout the world work tirelessly to restore damaged bags before we offer new replacement product. Not only is this a cost-effective solution for our customers, but also helps to reduce unnecessary waste.
- Before we discard a bag that cannot be repaired, our associates are careful to remove any recyclable materials from the product, most notably aluminum and other recyclable metals, so that they may be reused.
RECYCLE - From printer paper in our corporate headquarters to cardboard boxes, metals, and plastic bags in our distribution centers, all of our facilities strive to adhere to sensible recycling guidelines.
- Our shopping bags are 100% recyclable.
- We strive to use fully recyclable or biodegradable packing materials to stuff our bags to help maintain the shape and integrity of the product when it ships.
LEATHER WORKING GROUP - As a member of the Leather Working Group, an organization that assesses the compliance and environmental performance of tanners and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry, Tumi adheres to a higher standard of manufacturing policies and procedures. Specifically, by increasing the traceability of the leather hides we use, we ensure than none of the leather in our products was derived from sources that contributed to rainforest deforestation. The Leather Working Group also places great importance on minimizing water usage during the tanning process. Tumi strongly favors using tanneries whose leathers comply with the strict protocols of the LWG.