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Code of Conduct

The APG & Co Code of Conduct for manufacturers and suppliers (including authorised sub contractors / mills and trim sources) defines minimum standards of ethical and responsible behaviour. We require everyone to operate in compliance with the requirements of applicable local laws and regulations. We recognise that different culture, legal and ethical systems exist in the countries in which product may be manufactured. This Code of Conduct sets out the fundamental requirements that must be satisfied.

Employment is freely chosen

No Forced, Bonded or Involuntary prison labour.

Safe and hygenic working conditions

A safe and healthy workplace must be provided for employees, to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of supplier operations. Conditions throughout a Supplier's facility must be safe, clean and meet or exceed requirements of all applicable laws and regulations regarding health and safety. Employees must be trained and equipped to perform their jobs safely.

Minimum wages paid

Suppliers will ensure that wages paid for a working week must be at least the minimum national legal or the collective bargaining agreement, should the latter be higher.

No discrimination

Suppliers will not discriminate in employment including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social groups or ethnic origin.

No harsh or inhumane treatment

Treat all employees with respect and dignity. Suppliers will have procedures in place to ensure that no worker is subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse.

Anti bribery and corruption

APG & Co do not tolerate the practice of bribery and corruption of any manner in dealings with a supplier, sub-contractor or any of their employees or associated parties.

Transparency

Suppliers shall carry out their activities in an honest, ethical and transparent way. Suppliers must disclose all manufacturing sources and not refuse any form of inspection from either APG & Co or a 3rd party auditor.

Workplace safety

Suppliers will have a clear Emergency Management Plan in place to ensure the safe, orderly and timely evacuation of workers in the event of an emergency. Personal Protection Equipment must also be available for workers at no extra cost to them. These policies must be displayed on the premises.

Enforcement

APG & Co employs internal, as well as independent auditors to conduct onsite inspections to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct. Detailed compliance records are maintained on all facilities.

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

All employees shall have the right of association, union membership, collective bargaining as well as adequate workers representation. Where the rights to either are restricted under local law, the appropriate channels to ensure reasonable and independent exercise of such rights must be designed and readily accessible.

Child labour shall not be used

No workers to be employed that are under the age stipulated by the local / regional legal limit requirement for work.

Fair working hours

Working hours for all employees must comply with national / local laws, whichever provides greater protection. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7 day period. Overtime will be voluntary, and shall not exceed 12 hours per week.

Regular employment

To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of the recognised employment relationship established through national law and practise.

Environmental awareness

Suppliers shall be committed at all times to protect the environment and shall comply with the standards and requirements of the applicable and international Laws and Regulations.

Animal welfare

We consider it unacceptable to harm animals in the manufacture of our products. The use of the following are NOT permitted, Angora, Animal Fur, Endangered Species, Karakul Product.

Uzbek cotton

Due to the reported use of child and forced labour in the cotton cultivation in Uzbekistan, we are against the use of Uzbek raw cotton in APG & Co products.

Violations

If you believe your rights have been violated, please contact APG & Co through any of these channels:
Email: ethical.sourcing@apgandco.com

Other free contact methods
Wechat ID: APGChinaHotline | WhatsApp: +84 973143122

All communication will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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