code of conduct
At Dot on a Sock, we believe business should be a vehicle for change and help to improve the lives of people and the environment. We seek to work with manufacturers and suppliers who strive for continued improvement in finding positive solutions to environmental and social issues in the world.
We look to create long term partnerships with our suppliers and only create these relationships with manufacturers who share these values and will conduct their business, and source materials from suppliers who do the same.
Below is our Supplier Code of Conduct to clearly articulate the minimum standards we require from all of our production partners. Our intention is by enforcing this code our products will be made in an environment that protects the workers’ health, safety and dignity.
Working hours shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. A work week, including all overtime, must not exceed 60 hours, where local laws indicate less total hours, these must be abided by. Overtime shall be voluntary and appropriately compensated for. During each seven-day period, all workers must be allowed at least 24 continuous hours off.
Child labour is strictly prohibited. Suppliers’ employees must be at least 16 years of age, where local laws indicate a greater age of employment, these must be abided by. Any sub-contractors must also strictly adhere to this code.
Wages and benefits paid must meet or exceed the legally mandated minimum standards and always be sufficient in meeting the basic needs of the worker and their family. Compensation must be provided and easy to access, in no circumstances are disciplinary or conditional payments tolerated.
Involuntary or forced labor is strictly prohibited (including, without limitation, prison labour or bonded labour).
No worker shall be discriminated against based on colour, age, ethnicity, disability, religion, political affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, national origin, or marital status in hiring and ongoing employment.
Freedom of association
All employees’ rights to associate, form or join a worker organisation, and bargain collectively shall be recognised. These rights must be respected without injection.
Workplace Health and Safety
A safe and hygienic and healthy working environment must be provided, and working conditions must comply with local laws. Suppliers shall provide training, policies and processes to prevent accidents and injury and promote a safe and healthy working environment.
Positive work environment
All employees must have a work environment where they are treated with dignity and respect. Any forms of sexual and other harassment, physical abuse, including threats of physical abuse, unusual discipline, or intimidation by the employer is strictly prohibited.
Suppliers shall comply with all the environmental laws and regulations in the country in which they operate. Dot on a Sock seeks to create sustainable practices and preserve our environment. We ask suppliers to choose to reduce the environmental impacts of their business and examine resource, water and carbon footprints when sourcing materials and conducting business.
We strongly believe in animals’ right to humane treatment, all garments or products produced from animal based materials must be sourced from suppliers who meet ethical animal welfare standards.
All sub-contractors working on manufacturing Dot on a Sock products must strictly adhere this code and must comply with all applicable laws and regulations (including anti-corruption laws) when conducting business.
By signing this code, suppliers are acknowledging that their place of work, and all subcontractors, meet these minimum standards. Dot on a Sock may visit the facilities to meet the owners and workers and ensure the working environment is safe and ensures the health of all employees.
Dot on a Sock is committed to forming long term relationships with suppliers and support them in continued efforts to implement and comply with this Code.