Employment Relationship

Our business partners are required to adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under applicable national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.


Our business partners cannot discriminate in employment, including with regard to hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination and retirement, whether on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social class or ethnic origin.

Child Labor

Employees of our business partners must be at least 15 years old or over the age required for completion of compulsory education in the country of manufacture, whichever is higher.Our business partners are also required to observe all legal requirements for the work of authorized minors, including those pertaining to hours of work, wages, work type and working conditions.


Our business partners are required to comply with all applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations at their facilities and in the communities in which they operate, particularly with respect to water, energy, hazardous chemicals, air quality and waste.Further, we expect our business partners to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into all of their activities that relate to their business with us.

Freedom of Association

Our business partners are required to recognize and respect the right of their employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.Employees should be free to join organizations of their choice. Employees should not be subjected to intimidation or harassment in the exercise of their right to join or to refrain from joining any organization.

Health and Safety

Our business partners must provide a safe and healthy workplace designed and maintained to prevent accidents, illness and injury attributable to the work performed or the operation of the facility and machinery.In doing so, our business partners must comply with all national laws, regulations and best practices concerning health and safety in the workplace, as well as provide all required and appropriate workers compensation coverage in the event of injury or fatality.

Compensation and Benefits

Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the worker’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Our business partners must pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract. If the compensation paid does not meet the workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, our business partners are required to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does.

Hours of Work

Our business partners are prohibited from requiring their employees to work more than the regular and overtime hours permitted under the law of the country where they are employed.In no circumstance may regular hours exceed 48 hours in a week and, other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week cannot exceed 60 hours. Employees must have at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. Our business partners are not permitted to request overtime on a regular basis.All overtime must be consensual and compensated at a premium rate.

Harassment and Abuse

Harassment and Abuse Our business partners must treat employees with respect and dignity.No employee can be subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment and/or abuse.

Forced Labor

Our business partners are prohibited from utilizing forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise. Mental and physical coercion, slavery and human traf