Rather than continuing in a manner detrimental to progress, we envision the fashion industry serving as one of the most powerful conduits for social and environmental progress in existence today. Our vision is to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction -- where success is based on more than just offering the cheapest price -- a direction that not only values exceptional design, but the producer and the planet just as much as the end consumer.
With this vision in mind, we recognize every product we sell has a social and environmental impact to create. As a brand, we are committed to enhancing the lives of the people who make our products, in addition to the ecosystems our operations affect. Our Brand Partner Code of Conduct plays a key role in ensuring we partner with like-minded brands that share these values and our commitment to shifting the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction.
Background / Context
The Nisolo Brand Partner Code of Conduct lays out the requirements we have for our suppliers and our brand partners’ suppliers, and was largely developed from the Social International Accountability 8000 standard, “an auditable certification standard that encourages organizations to develop, maintain, and apply socially acceptable practices in the workplace.”
We are committed to applying our Code of Conduct across all of our brand partners’ operations, which is why we require brand partners to evaluate their suppliers’ practices against these standards and provide confirmation that they are in compliance with them.
All brand partners must implement this Code of Conduct and applicable laws into their suppliers’ business practices and submit to verification and monitoring.
Brand partners’ suppliers shall implement policies and employment conditions that respect workers and guarantee their rights under local, national, and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
Brand partners’ suppliers may not discriminate against its employees during any stage of the employment relationship on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, political opinion, union affiliation, social group, marital status, pregnancy or any other classification protected by local, national, and international law.
Harassment or Abuse
Brand partners’ suppliers are required to treat all employees with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to physical, psychological, verbal harassment or abuse or to monetary fines as a disciplinary practice.
Brand partners’ suppliers must not use involuntary or forced labor, whether indentured, bonded, prison or labor obtained through slavery or human trafficking. Workers must not be required to lodge deposits or identity papers upon commencing employment with the supplier.
Brand partners’ suppliers must not employ anyone under the age of 18, or the legal minimum age in the given country of production.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Brand partners’ suppliers must respect workers’ rights to form and join labor unions, and bargain collectively.
Health and Safety
Brand partners’ suppliers must provide their workers with a safe, healthy and clean working environment. All employees must receive the appropriate training for their position and protection to avoid workplace accidents.
Hours of Work
Brand partners’ suppliers shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular workweek shall not exceed 48 hours or the maximum allowed by the law of the country of manufacture, whichever is less. Employees shall be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual and free from reprisal if declined. Employers shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. The sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours or the maximum allowed by the law of the country of manufacture, whichever is less.
Wages paid for a standard workweek must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic needs of workers and their families.
We ask all brand partners’ suppliers to commit to identifying and reducing their environmental impact. We require them to treat their wastewater and recommend measuring resource consumption (water, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, etc.) and implementing renewable energy sources.
Remediation and Continuous Improvement
Brand partners are expected to take necessary corrective actions with their suppliers to resolve any noncompliance and strive for continuous improvement. Nisolo reserves the right to terminate business relationships with any brand partner who is unwilling or unable to comply with this Code of Conduct.