Code of Conduct
At Brooks Sports, Inc. and our affiliated companies (the “Corporation”), we are committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics and respect for human rights and the environment. We require our suppliers, licensees, distributors and other business partners to meet these high standards, and, at the most basic level, this means that all such business partners must operate in compliance with the requirements of applicable laws, regulations, and treaties. While we recognize that different cultural, legal and ethical systems exist in the countries in which merchandise may be manufactured, this Code of Conduct sets forth certain fundamental requirements that must be satisfied by all facilities that supply our products, including contractors, licensees or other business partners (collectively referred to in this Code of Conduct as “Suppliers”).
RESPECT FOR PEOPLE
Employment Relationship: Suppliers will 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 laws and regulations.
Safety and Health: Suppliers will provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of Supplier's operations. Conditions throughout a Supplier's facility must be safe, clean and meet or exceed requirements of all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety and health. Workers must be trained and equipped to perform their jobs safely.
Child Labor: Suppliers will not employ individuals in violation of the local mandatory school age or under the applicable legal employment age. In no event will Suppliers employ workers under age 15, except for child actors or models that are utilized in advertising or media, and then only in compliance with applicable child labor regulations.
Forced Labor: Suppliers will not use forced labor, including, but not limited to, prison labor, indentured or slave labor, or bonded labor, and will adopt measures to ensure that facilities are not utilized in human trafficking.
Harassment or Abuse: Suppliers must 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.
Non-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 group, or ethnic origin.
Working Hours: Except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees shall not be required to work more than the lesser of 60 hours per week or the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall be entitled to at least one day of rest in every 7-day period. All overtime work will be consensual.
Compensation: 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. Suppliers will 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. . 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.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Suppliers must recognize and respect the rights of workers to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Suppliers will make a strong commitment and take credible action to progressively improve their environmental performance. Suppliers must comply with all local and applicable international laws protecting the environment. An environmental management system shall be implemented and the supplier will disclose their environmental performance through regular reporting. Management of the following environmental impacts must be considered as a minimum: energy and water consumption, material efficiency, generation and disposal of waste, use and discharge of hazardous chemicals, and air emissions.
Subcontractors: Suppliers will not utilize subcontractors in the manufacturing of the Corporation's products or components without our prior written approval and only after the subcontractor has agreed to comply with this Code of Conduct.
Customs Compliance: Suppliers will comply with all applicable customs laws and establish and maintain programs to safeguard against the illegal transshipment of products.
Security: Suppliers will maintain security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo (e.g., drugs and other contraband) into shipments of the Corporation's products, including, but not limited to, compliance with Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) requirements for shipments to the United States.
Posting Requirements: Suppliers will post this Code of Conduct in a conspicuous location accessible to all employees and visitors (in the appropriate local language and the appropriate language for migrant workers that make up more than 10% of the workforce). Suppliers will communicate and train all workers annually concerning the elements of this Code of Conduct.
Record Keeping: Suppliers will maintain complete and accurate records with respect to each of the elements of this Code of Conduct to allow for verification of compliance.
Enforcement: The Corporation employs internal, as well as independent auditors, to conduct on-site inspections to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct. Detailed compliance records are maintained on all facilities.
Violations: If suppliers are violating any of these codes, we would like to know about it. Please bring these issues to our attention by emailing Brooks at RunningResponsibly@brooksrunning.com. Please feel free to write in your local language and all information that we receive will be kept in strict confidence and your identity will be protected. Brooks will not allow retaliation against you for such reporting.
Rev. October 2011Brooks Sports is a member of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a nonprofit business association that provides socially responsible business solutions to many of the world's leading corporations. Through advisory services, convenings and research, BSR works with corporations and concerned stakeholders of all types to create a more just and sustainable global economy. Learn more at http://www.bsr.org/.