by improving operations and innovating product development, we work hard to reduce our environmental impact.
Brooks understands that our responsibility goes beyond the products we make, it must also embody the social aspect of our business. It is our duty to ensure worker health and safety and human rights at our contract and licensee factories, to take care of our own employees, and to support the communities in which we live and work. This means operating our business not only to the highest ethical and legal standards, but doing so in a way that creates a company culture that is fun, nurtures the whole person, and gives back to the communities in which we operate.
We are committed to the highest standards of business ethics and respect for human rights and worker safety across all operations. This commitment doesn't stop at the doors of our own facilities and offices—it encompasses the work in the factories where our products are manufactured. As such, we do our best to engage only with factories that share our values and uphold our human rights and worker safety requirements.
Our products are made in 40 factories employing more than 35,000 people in 18 countries worldwide, including our international licensees that produce branded product. We've established and implemented policies and practices to ensure human rights are upheld and workplace environments are safe. While we recognize legal and cultural differences exist and standards may vary by country, we believe that certain fundamental principles should apply universally. Our Code of Conduct outlines the standards we follow in our global operations.
Implemented in 2003, our Code of Conduct sets forth requirements to be upheld by our contract factories, suppliers, licensees, and other business partners. These requirements outline our standards relating to human rights and worker safety issues.
Read more in our 2009/2010 Corporate Responsibility report about our Code of Conduct, sourcing strategy, continuous improvement program and our audit results.Brooks Disclosures under the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act >>
EMPLOYEES & COMMUNITY
Our success depends on the talent and commitment of all our employees, and we constantly strive to be an employer of choice that welcomes diversity, looks after its employees, and inspires them to succeed. Our ability to extend our employees' dedication, enthusiasm, and passion to the service of our communities can have lasting impact with demonstrable value to society.
We have a distinctive culture, shaped by our brand values and attributes. Our success hinges on our ability to nurture and develop this culture as the heart and soul of the Brooks and Moving Comfort brands. We work hard to make Brooks Sports a rewarding and fun place to work, enabling employees to learn and grow in their jobs.
When evaluating our social and economic performance, we also consider what we give back to the people we care about and to the world we share. Each year, we participate in hundreds of running and healthy lifestyle events, donate large quantities of gear to charities, and encourage employees to volunteer for organizations close to their hearts. We accomplish all of this through our multifaceted Run B'cause corporate giving program.
Learn more about our distinctive culture, our commitment to employee learning and professional development, and our multifaceted Run B'cause corporate giving program.