As a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative, Lipsy works hard to pursue a code of ethical standards throughout its global supply chain, seeking to ensure the integrity of any product carrying the Lipsy trademark and the welfare of all workers involved.
Lipsy identifies and engages with suppliers whose practices are consistent with our own code of ethical standards. Through our international audit team we work closely with our suppliers to help them achieve compliance.
1. No Forced Labour - Employment is freely chosen
There must be no form of forced labour, whether it be involuntary prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour or otherwise. No employee should be obliged to work through force, financial pressure, intimidation or any other means.
2. Freedom of Association
The supplier must recognise and respect the right of the employee to join and organise associations of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. Where law restricts the right to Freedom of Association and collective bargaining suppliers must not obstruct parallel means for free association and collective bargaining.
3. Health and Safety
Suppliers must provide their Employees with a safe and healthy working environment and continue to work towards preventing work-related accidents and maintaining the welfare and safety of their Employees.
4. Child Labour
Suppliers must not employ children who are less than 15 years old or less than the legal minimum age in the country of manufacture. Where local law sets the minimum age at 14 years, under ILO convention 138 in accordance with developing country exceptions, the lower will apply.
5. Wages & Benefits
Employees’ wages should be enough to meet the basic needs of employees and provide for some discretionary expenditure. In all cases, wages must equal or exceed the minimum wage required by law or the industry benchmark standard, whichever is higher and include all legal benefit entitlements.
6. Hours of Work
The normal working hours should not exceed 48 hours per week and must comply with national laws or the benchmark industry standards, whichever offers greater protection. Overtime working shall be
voluntary, should not exceed 12 hours per week and will not be demanded on a regular basis. Employees must be compensated for overtime at the rate legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate exceeding the regular hourly compensation rate.
7. No discrimination is practiced - Equal Opportunities
All employees shall be afforded equality of treatment. Lipsy recognises and respects cultural differences, it will seek and identify suppliers who employ individuals based on their ability to do the job, irrespective of their gender, race, colour, language, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religious beliefs, political opinion, marital status, disability, property, age, sexual orientation or union membership. Health screening for the purposes of recruitment shall not be undertaken, unless otherwise required by law.
8. Regular Employment is provided
Wherever reasonably practicable all workers should enjoy security and stability of employment and regularity of income. Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided.
9. Treatment of Employee & Employee Communication
Employees must be treated with respect, dignity and a workplace free of harassment, abuse, and degrading treatment. No employee will be subject to physical, sexual, mental or any other form of abuse or harassment, or corporal punishment.
10. Management Systems
Suppliers should develop and implement an effective management system demonstrating compliance with Code of Practice standard requirements and all local labour, health, safety, welfare and environmental, requirements.
The system should promote fair hiring practices and effective grievance and disciplinary practices, and include management of employee compensation, performance evaluation, employee development and training, worker turnover, worker participation and industrial relations. The system should incorporate effective H&S and Environmental management to address operational and environmental risks in the workplace.
Suppliers must develop an internal self assessment system monitor and maintain compliance to the Code of Practice and legislative requirements.
For more information, please read a summary of our Code of Practice or take a look at the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, to which Lipsy's Code of Practice is aligned.
Code of Practice Policy Summary