Our Focus on Responsibly-Made American Products
Beyond Clothing continually strives to develop and promote high standards of business practices, social responsibility, and environmental protection. We believe that these principles should be reflected throughout our supply chain, and we strive to work with our facilities to assure they are committed to operating in a responsible and ethical manner, respecting the rights of individuals, and helping to protect the environment. We also believe that these standards best serve the interests of our customers.
Unlike most manufacturers, we proudly make all of our products in America, either in our facilities by our own craftspeople or in facilities that are carefully selected by us. Because of this, we are able to maintain high standards for working conditions and social responsibility.
EXHIBIT A OPERATING GUIDELINES We expect our suppliers to operate workplaces where the following principles and guidelines, which are based upon internationally accepted labor standards and industry best practices, are followed:
- Compliance with Laws
- The factory shall operate in full compliance with the federal and state laws of its respective jurisdiction and with all other applicable laws, rules and regulations.
- The factory operates in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to labor, worker health and safety, and the environment.
- The factory allows Beyond Clothing and/or any of its representatives or agents unrestricted access to its facilities and to all relevant records at all times, whether or not notice is provided in advance.
The factory shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
- The factory has an environmental management system (EMS).
- The factory has an environmental emergency plan (EEP) that includes procedures for notifying local community authorities in case of accidental discharge or release or any other environmental emergency.
- The factory stores hazardous and combustible materials in secure and ventilated areas and disposes of them in a safe and legal manner.
- The factory shall employ only workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement or are at least 15 years of age, whichever is greater. It must also comply with all other applicable child labor laws. The factory is encouraged to develop lawful workplace apprenticeship programs for the educational benefit of their workers, provided that all participants meet the minimum legal age requirement.
ii. Every worker employed by the factory is at least 15 years of age and meets the applicable minimum legal age requirement. If the minimum legal age is higher under local law, the higher age applies. iii. The factory complies with all applicable child labor laws, including those related to hiring, wages, hours worked, overtime and working conditions.
- The factory encourages and allows eligible workers, especially younger workers, to attend night classes and participate in work-study programs and other government-sponsored educational programs.
v. The factory maintains official documentation for every worker that verifies the worker’s date of birth. In those countries where official documents are not available to confirm exact date of birth, the factory confirms age using an appropriate and reliable assessment method.
The factory shall employ on the basis of their ability to do the job, not on the basis of their personal characteristics or beliefs. i. The factory hires, employs, promotes, terminates, and provides access to training and retirement to workers without regard to race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, or political affiliation. ii. The factory pays workers’ wages and provides benefits without regard to race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, or political affiliation.
- Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
Workers are free to join associations of their own choosing. Factories shall not interfere with workers who wish to lawfully and peacefully associate, organize or bargain collectively. The decision whether or not to do so should be made solely by the workers.
i. Workers are free to choose whether or not to lawfully organize and join associations. If freedom of association and/or the right to collective bargaining are restricted by law, workers shall be free to develop parallel means for independent and free association and collective bargaining. ii. The factory does not threaten, penalize, restrict or interfere with workers’ lawful efforts to join associations of their choosing or to bargain collectively.
- Wages & Benefits
The factory shall pay wages and overtime premiums in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. Workers shall be paid at least the minimum legal wage or a wage that meets local industry standards, whichever is greater. Beyond Clothing encourages the factory to provide wages and benefits that are sufficient to cover workers’ basic needs and some discretionary income.
- Working Hours
The factory shall set working hours in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. While it is understood that overtime is often required in garment production, the factory shall carry out operations in ways that limit overtime to a level that ensures humane and productive working conditions. i. Workers may refuse overtime without any threat of penalty, punishment or dismissal. ii. Workers shall have at least one day off in seven.
- Working Conditions
Occupational Health and Safety
The factory shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding working conditions and shall provide workers with a safe and healthy environment.
i. The factory complies with all applicable laws regarding working conditions, including worker health and safety, sanitation, fire safety, risk protection, and electrical, mechanical and structural safety. ii. Work surface lighting in production areas—such as sewing, knitting, pressing and cutting—is sufficient for the safe performance of production activities. iii. The factory is well ventilated. There are windows, fans, air conditioners or heaters in all work areas for adequate circulation, ventilation and temperature control.
- There are sufficient, clearly marked exits allowing for the orderly evacuation of workers in case of fire or other emergencies. Emergency exit routes are posted and clearly marked in all sections of the factory.
v. Aisles, exits and stairwells are kept clear at all times of work in process, finished garments, bolts of fabric, boxes and all other objects that could obstruct the orderly evacuation of workers in case of fire or other emergencies. The factory indicates with a “yellow box” or other markings that the areas in front of exits, fire fighting equipment, control panels and potential fire sources are to be kept clear.
- Doors and other exits are kept accessible and unlocked during all working hours for orderly evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies. All main exit doors open to the outside.
- Fire extinguishers are appropriate to the types of possible fires in the various areas of the factory, are regularly maintained and charged, display the date of their last inspection, and are mounted on walls and columns throughout the factory so they are visible and accessible to workers in all areas.
- Fire alarms are on each floor and emergency lights are placed above exits and on stairwells.
- Evacuation drills are conducted at least annually.
x. Machinery is equipped with operational safety devices and is inspected and serviced on a regular basis.
- Appropriate personal protective equipment—such as masks, gloves, goggles, ear plugs and rubber boots—is made available at no cost to all workers and instruction in its use is provided.
- The factory provides potable water for all workers and allows reasonable access to it throughout the working day.
- The factory places at least one well-stocked first aid kit on every factory floor and trains specific staff in basic first aid. The factory has procedures for dealing with serious injuries that require medical treatment outside the factory.
- The factory maintains throughout working hours clean and sanitary toilet areas and places no unreasonable restrictions on their use.
- Monitoring and Enforcement by Beyond Clothing
As a condition of doing business with Beyond Clothing, each and every factory must comply with these Operating Guidelines. Beyond Clothing will continue to develop monitoring systems to assess and ensure compliance. If Beyond Clothing determines that any factory has violated these principles and guidelines, Beyond Clothing may at its discretion either terminate its business relationship and/or require the factory to implement a corrective action plan. If corrective action is advised but not taken, Beyond Clothing will suspend placement of future orders and may terminate current production.