Alma Mater and its affiliations (i.e., investors, vendors and contractors) are committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics. We demand respect for human rights and the environment of our suppliers. We also require our suppliers and other business partners to meet these high standards, and, at the most basic level, this means that all those affiliated with Alma Mater 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 internal sites, contractors, or other business partners.
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 environment 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. Worker dormitories provided by a Supplier, if applicable, must be clean and safe and provide adequate emergency egress, adequate heat and ventilation, reasonable personal individual space, and reasonable entry and exit privileges.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
Suppliers will not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by applicable law. In no event will the regular workweek exceed 48 hours and workers will be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven day period. All overtime work will be consensual. Suppliers will not request overtime on a regular basis and will compensate for overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week will not exceed 60 hours.
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. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, Suppliers will work with the Fair Labor Association to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does. Suppliers may not use deductions from wages or other monetary fines as a disciplinary practice.
Suppliers will adopt responsible measures to mitigate the negative impact that their operations have on the environment. At a minimum, this requires that Suppliers comply with all local and applicable international laws protecting the environment, including proper storage and disposal of hazardous substances, and strive to conduct business in a manner that minimizes energy consumption and waste, optimizes the use of natural resources, and maximizes recycling.
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.
Suppliers will comply with all applicable customs laws and establish and maintain programs to safeguard against the illegal transshipment of products.
To report suspected violations of the Code of Conduct, contact Alma Mater at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strictly prohibit any retaliation against persons that report violations of this Code of Conduct or assist or participate in any manner in any investigation of possible violations of this Code of Conduct. Any retaliation should be reported to the Corporation as outlined above.