Standards of Engagement


Contractor Relationship.
Contractor shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers, and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security law and regulations.

Forced Labor. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning the prohibition of forced labor. Contractor shall under no circumstances engage in the use of forced labor whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor. All workers employed by Contractor shall have the right to terminate their employment freely. Contractor shall maintain sufficient hiring and employment records to demonstrate and verify compliance with such standards.

Child Labor. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning the prohibition of child labor, including but not limited to those laws governing hiring, working conditions, types of work, proof of age documentation and overtime. Under no circumstances shall Contractor be permitted to employ persons younger than fifteen (15) or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. Under no circumstances shall Contractor allow any person under the age of eighteen (18) to engage in hazardous work, which by its nature is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of persons under the age of eighteen (18). Children under the minimum working age shall not be permitted in factory work areas at any time unless they are part of a guided school group tour or other unusual event. Children shall not be permitted to visit parents in factory work areas.

Harassment or Abuse. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning discipline, violence, harassment, and abuse. Contractor shall implement a written system of progressive discipline, apply such disciplinary rules in a nondiscriminatory manner to all workers, clearly communicate such rules to all workers, and implement training procedures to ensure compliance with such rules. Under no circumstances shall Contractor engage in any physical or verbal abuse or any act which could be perceived as an act of sexual harassment by any worker.

Non-Discrimination. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning non-discrimination. Under no circumstances shall Contractor discriminate with respect to hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, pregnancy, marital status, health status, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.

Health and Safety. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning health, safety, and accident reporting standards. Contractor shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting 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 contractor’s facilities. Contractor shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment, and a written health and safety policy outlining minimum legal safety and health standards, which shall be made available to all workers in the applicable local language. Contractor shall acquire and maintain all required permits and certificates related to health and safety standards as required under local law.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining. Under no circumstances shall Contractor prohibit or impede any worker’s right to establish and join organizations of their own choosing. Contractor shall not in any way engage in violence, threats, harassment or abuse toward workers seeking to form or join workers’ organizations or toward workers participating or intending to participate in union activities, including but not limited to, strikes.

Hours of Work. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning hours of work, public holidays, breaks and leave. Contractor shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Contractors shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Hours worked by all workers, regardless of method of compensation, shall be fully documented by time cards or other accurate and reliable recording systems.

Wages, Benefits, and Overtime Compensation. Contractor shall comply with all local laws, regulations, and procedures concerning the payment of wages and benefits, including, but not limited to compensation for overtime, holidays, and rest days. Contractor shall pay workers timely at a rate equal to or greater than the legal minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher. Contractor shall maintain all legally required payroll documents, journals and reports.