CODE OF CONDUCT


code of conduct 

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environmental compliance for suppliers


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Foreword

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Scope of application

Principles

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Requirements relating to own practice

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Policy for violation of code

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Section A - Social responsibility

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Mission and purpose

  1. Workers’ Rights
    1. Forced labour
    2. Child labour
    3. Discrimination
    4. Equality of opportunity and treatment
    5. Humane treatment
    6. Safe and hygienic working conditions
    7. Wages
    8. Part-time work
    9. Working hours
    10. Freedom of association and collective bargaining
    11. Regular work
    12. Proper use of machinery and ergonomic equipment
    13. Medical facilities
    14. Sanitation in workplace

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Section B - Environmental responsibility


Mission and purpose

  1. Sustainability 
  2. Product safety
  3. Traceability
  4. Transparency
  5. Water management & wastewater treatment
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Waste management
    1. Hazardous waste
    2. Solid waste 

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Certificate of compliance 

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Foreword

At unspun our mission is to reduce the global carbon footprint of the fashion industry.  We aspire to sell garments that are transparently and intentionally produced, less harmful to the environment, and esteem human rights in every part of the value chain. 


This code outlines the expectations that we, not only hold for ourselves, but all the suppliers that we work with. Thus implicating that we take responsibility for doing everything we can to minimize, control and reduce the impacts of our products.

This code provides a framework to evaluate supplier performance and determine who we partner with. We intend to do business with suppliers who are already committed to these principles and in relentless pursuit of improvement. 


The code of ethics and environmental policy for unspun will be implemented and monitored by self-audits of suppliers, as well as internal team audits.


We are committed to having responsible purchasing practices that ensure we are a fair business partner.

Scope of application

The code of ethics and environmental policy provides the action lines which must be followed by unspun, as well as suppliers and all external stakeholders in their professional duties.


The goal consists of exacting ethical and responsible professional conduct from the aforementioned parties’ workforces in the conduct of their business anywhere in the world. 

The code of ethics and environmental policy is based upon a number of general principles, according to which the operations of unspun, it’s suppliers and external stakeholders will be developed under an ethical and responsible perspective. All persons, whether natural or legal, who maintain, directly or indirectly, any kind of professional, economic, social or industrial relationship with unspun shall be treated in a fair and honourable manner, as is expected of unspun’s suppliers and external stakeholders. All the activities of unspun, it’s suppliers and external stakeholders shall be carried out in the manner that most respects humans, animals, the environment, biodiversity preservation and sustainable management of natural resources.


Principles

unspun suppliers are to supply goods and services that are produced in accordance with this code, suppliers are to communicate the code of conduct to their subcontractors and to monitor implementation. 


A supplier must be able to document compliance with the code at the request of unspun. Such documentation may take the form of self-declaration, follow up meetings and/or inspections of the working conditions at production sites. 


Requirements relating to own practice

When new suppliers are selected, emphasis will be placed on social and environmental international standards and we follow the ISO 14000 set of standards and guidelines for environmental systems management, and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions and documents.


Policy for violation of code

  1. The consequences of suppliers violating the code may result in a termination of partnership with said suppliers.
  2. Suppliers may be granted a case by case discretionary time-frame during which it may remedy the violation and improve operations.

Section A - Social responsibility

Mission and purpose 

We declare to promote factories where workers are protected, respected and safeguarded under local, national, and international labour and security laws.  

The ultimate goal of the social responsibility code is to help unspun pursue a fair, transparent, and legal business activity. Keeping in mind what was written in the declaration of Philadelphia (1944): “labour is not a commodity” and echoing the ILO that labour and human beings are not inanimate products that can be negotiated for the highest profit or the lowest price. Work is part of everyone’s daily life and is crucial to a person’s dignity, well-being and development as a human being. We believe that economic development should include the creation of jobs and working conditions in which people can work in freedom, safety and dignity.

 

We declare that we will not partake in the exploitation of human beings through child labour, forced labour, nor allow any inhumane treatment of the workers.

 

We track diversity of ownership among our suppliers We have a policy to give preferences to suppliers with ownership from underrepresented populations.



  1. Workers’ Rights

  1. Forced labour [ILO Conventions No. 29 and No. 105]
  1. There shall be no forced or involuntary prison labour.
  2. Manufacturers shall acknowledge the right of their employees to leave their employer after reasonable notice.


  1. Child labour [ILO Conventions No. 138, No. 182 and No. 79, and ILO Recommendation No. 146]
    1. There shall be no employment of minors.
    2. The general minimum age for admission to employment or work shall be 15 years and the minimum age for hazardous work at 18.
    3. Suppliers to maintain documentation of all workers' birth / proof of age - employment conditions should be those to which the worker has voluntarily agreed that fall within national labour laws.


  1. Discrimination [ILO Conventions No.111 and No. 156] 
    1. There shall be no discriminatory practice with regards the recruitment, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination of the employment agreement or retirement, based on race, caste, creed, nationality, religion, age, physical or mental disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and/or union membership or political affiliation. 
    2. To enable effective equality of opportunity and treatment for men and women workers, the supplier shall aim to enable persons with family responsibilities who are engaged or wish to engage in employment to exercise their right to do so without being subject to discrimination and, to the extent possible, without conflict between their employment and family responsibilities.

 

  1. Equality of opportunity and treatment [ILO Convention No.100]
    1. There shall be equal remuneration for men and women workers for work of equal value, to eradicate gender-based pay discrimination. [In order to determine whether two jobs are of equal value, it is necessary to adopt some method to measure and compare their relative value taking into account factors such as skill, effort, responsibilities and working conditions.


  1. Humane treatment
    1. Manufacturers and suppliers shall treat their employees with dignity and respect. Under no circumstances shall physical punishment, sexual or racial harassment, verbal or power abuse or any other form of harassment or intimidation be permitted.

  1. Safe and hygienic working conditions [ILO Convention No. 155 and ILO Recommendation No. 164]
    1. Manufacturers and suppliers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace to their employees, ensuring minimum conditions of light, ventilation, hygiene, fire prevention, safety measures and access to a drinking water supply.
    2. Workers shall have access to clean toilets facilities and drinking water. Where necessary, facilities for food storage shall be provided.
    3. Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean and safe.
    4. Manufacturers and suppliers shall take the required steps to prevent accidents and injuries to the health of their workers, by minimizing as much as possible the risks inherent to work.

  1. Wages [ILO Convention No. 131]
    1. Manufacturers and suppliers shall ensure that wages paid meet at least the minimum legal or collective bargain agreement, should this latter be higher. In any event, wages should always be enough to meet at least the basic needs of workers and their families and any other which might be considered as reasonable additional needs.
    2. Manufacturers and suppliers shall not make any withholdings and/or deductions from wages for disciplinary purposes, nor for any reasons other than those provided in the applicable regulations, without the express authorization of workers. Likewise, they shall provide all workers with: written and understandable information about their wages conditions upon their recruitment, and detailed information about the particulars of their wages every time that these are paid.
    3. Manufacturers and suppliers shall also ensure that wages and any other allowances or benefits are paid on time and are rendered in full compliance with all applicable laws and specifically, that payments are made in the manner that best suits the worker. 
    4. Suppliers may not limit in any manner the freedom of workers to dispose of their wages. 
    5. Wages must be paid on regular working days and in principle at or near the workplace. Workers must be free from any coercion to make use of enterprise or works stores. 
    6. Administration of Fringe Benefits/Holidays, Leave, Legal Social Benefits and Bonuses Suppliers shall provide all legally mandated fringe benefits, including holidays, leave, bonuses, severance payments and 13th month payments to all eligible workers within legally defined time periods. 


  1. Part-Time Work [ILO Convention No. 175]

Part-time workers must receive the same protection as that accorded to comparable full-time workers in respect of the right to organize, the right to bargain collectively, occupational safety and health and discrimination in employment and occupation. They must also benefit from equivalent conditions in relation to maternity protection, termination of employment and other terms and conditions of employment.



  1. Working hours [ILO Convention Nos 1 and 30; ILO Holidays with pay Convention No. 132; ILO Weekly Rest Convention No.s 14 and 106] 
    1. Limits on daily and weekly working hours should not on a regular basis be more than 48 hours.
    2. Workers shall have rest for at least a consecutive 24 hour period of time for every 7 days worked.
    3. Every person to whom it applies shall enjoy at least three working weeks of annual paid holiday for one year of service.
    4. Overtime shall be limited and voluntary. Recommended maximum overtime is 12 hours per week, i.e. that the total working week including overtime shall not exceed 60 hours. Exceptions to this are accepted when regulated by a collective bargaining agreement.


  1. Freedom of association and collective bargaining [ILO Conventions No. 87, No. 98, No. 135 and No. 154]
    1. Workers shall have the right to Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise. Workers and employers have the right to establish and join organizations of their own choosing without previous authorization. 
    2. Workers’ and employers’ organizations shall organize freely and not be liable to be dissolved or suspended by administrative authority, and they shall have the right to establish and join federations and confederations, which may in turn affiliate with international organizations of workers and employers. 
    3. Workers shall enjoy protection against acts of anti-union discrimination, including the requirement that a worker not join a union or relinquish trade union membership for employment, or the dismissal of a worker because of union membership or participation in union activities. 
    4. Workers’ and employers’ organizations shall enjoy adequate protection against any acts of interference by each other, in particular the establishment of workers’ organizations under the domination of employers or employers’ organizations, or the support of workers’ organizations by financial or other means.


  1. Regular work 
    1. Obligations to employees under international conventions, national law and regulations concerning regular employment shall not be avoided through the use of short term contracting (such as contract labour, casual labour or day labour), sub-contractors or other labour relationships. 
    2. All workers are entitled to a contract of employment in a language they understand. 
    3. The duration and content of apprenticeship programmes shall be clearly defined.


  1. Proper Use of Machinery and ergonomic equipment
    1. Suppliers shall not use negative incentives like monetary penalty schemes to ensure workers use machinery, equipment and tools safely and properly. Rather, training on risk awareness, proper machine use, as well as positive incentives like bonuses should be used. 
    2. Workers shall not suffer any negative consequences for refusing to work with machinery, equipment or tools that are not properly guarded or reasonably considered unsafe. 
    3. Workstations, including seating and standing arrangements and reach required to obtain tools, shall be designed and set-up in such a manner as to minimize bodily strains. 
    4. Suppliers shall train workers in proper lifting techniques, and items such as lifting belts shall be provided.


  1. Medical Facilities 
    1. Medical facilities shall be established and maintained in factories as required by applicable laws. 
    2. Medical staff shall be fully licensed and recognized under applicable national rules and regulations. 
    3. An appropriate number of medical staff shall be on duty during all working hours, including any type of overtime, as required under national law. 
    4. An appropriate stock of medical supplies shall be maintained at all times. 
    5. Medicines of which the expiration date has passed must be replaced immediately and disposed of in a safe manner. 


  1. Sanitation in Workplace
    1. All facilities including workplace buildings, toilets, canteens, kitchens, and clinics, shall be kept clean and safe and be in compliance with all applicable laws, including relevant sanitation, medical, and safety and health regulations.
    2. Suppliers shall establish the number of toilets required under applicable laws within reasonable distance of the workplace. In addition, the following should also be considered: number of toilets based on number of workers, privacy for each individual and gender, accessibility and hygiene. 
    3. Suppliers shall not place any undue restrictions on toilet use in terms of time and frequency.


Section B - Environmental responsibility


Mission and purpose

Through the policies and guidelines laid out in this section, unspun, along with all suppliers and stakeholders, undertakes to have it’s business conducted in an eco-friendly manner, encouraging the preservation of biodiversity and the sustainable management of natural resources. 



  1. Sustainability 

The general sustainability principles which need to be implemented and enforced on production lines for all suppliers and stakeholders in accordance with the ISO 14005: 2019 standards and guidelines


  1. Consideration of all environmental and social variables, especially those that have influence over climate change such as, water management, waste generation and protection of biodiversity in the planning and implementation of it’s activities, encouraging awareness-raising regarding environmental issues.
  2. Complying with the applicable environmental laws and regulations in whichever country the manufacturer is operational. Paying special attention to pollution prevention and minimizing environmental impacts wherever possible.
  3. Preserving the environment, implementing actions for continuous improvement regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, cutting consumption of natural resources.
  4. Prohibition (unless absolutely necessary) or controlled use of any hazardous chemicals and the discharge thereof in appropriate manners that are not harmful to any humans, animals nor the environment.
  5. Identifying and preventing any potential environmental risk factors arising from business practices. 
  6. Ensuring the circulation of this policy among all parties concerned. 


  1. Product safety

    1. All partners in unspun’s supply chain shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of all products manufactured, and shall meet applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for our products and processes.



  1. Traceability 
    1. Suppliers must use only designated suppliers for raw materials and components to maintain supply chain transparency. Unspun is committed to sourcing recycled and organic content wherever possible and choosing partners who demonstrate leadership in protecting biodiversity, land and water use, low emissions, and chemical management. 
    2. All suppliers shall adopt policies and procedures, including tracking and training to facilitate transparency in their own operations.
    3. The supplier shall maintain on site all valid, up-to-date, and applicable certificates, transaction records and other documentation related to materials or finished product traceability. 
    4. Where requested by unspun, or required by industry, suppliers must obtain the correct industry certifications needed to prove content claims (example: organic cotton certificate) and provide this documentation to unspun as requested. 
    5. Upon request, suppliers must provide documentation and/or allow assessments of their supply chain regarding traceability and product content claims.


  1. Transparency
    1. Suppliers are expected to be fully transparent during onsite assessments as well as maintain all accurate documentation necessary to demonstrate existing practices. This includes allowing full access to production facilities, records and employees for confidential interviews. 
    2. The supplier must provide full access to all production facilities, documents, and records (including production records), needed to verify practices if required.


  1. Water management & wastewater treatment
    1. Materials are cultivated in new, more sustainable ways that don’t deplete local water suppliers. Any water used for processing is treated to safe levels and returned to local water bodies.
    2. The supplier is not causing or knowingly permitting contamination of soil and groundwater. 


  1. Animal welfare 
    1. Unspun does not condone the use of animal products in any of their supply chains or products.


  1. Waste management 
    1. Hazardous waste
      1. The supplier shall maintain a complete and up-to-date list of all chemicals used onsite. 
      2. The supplier is not using any restricted substances as listed in the bluesign® Standard Substance List (BSSL). 
      3. The supplier shall comply with all applicable laws, regulations and procedures governing the storage and handling of hazardous materials including: proper containers, labeling, management systems, training, and the use of material safety data sheets.

  1. Solid Waste 
    1. Solid waste produced by the supplier shall not be disposed of in a manner which violates applicable laws, regulations and unspun specifications including: onsite disposal including burning.
    2. Suppliers should have an implemented recycling program which manages industrial waste including: paper, paperboard, cardboard, plastics, fabric scraps, wastewater sludge, scrap metal, and any other recyclable material. 
    3. Suppliers should have a written and implemented management system in place which works towards the reduction and elimination of solid waste.



























Certificate of compliance

 

unspun , ltd.