Vie Belles not only delivers high quality products but we do so in a way that reflects the company’s commitment to conduct our business activities in full compliance with applicable laws and to be guided by integrity and honesty. This supplier code specifies and helps the continued implementation of the corporate business principles by establishing certain non-negotiable minimum standards that we ask our suppliers, their employees, agents and subcontractors, to respect and to adhere to when educating business.
Vie Belles strongly encourages suppliers to exceed the requirements of this Code and promote best practices and continuous improvement throughout their operations. It is the supplier’s responsibility to educate its employees, agents and subcontractors accordingly. If there is no local legal requirement, or if a local legal requirement is not as strict as the requirement included in this Code, Vie Belles Suppliers are required to follow the requirement in this Code. By acceptance of the code, the suppliers commits that all exciting and future agreements and business relationships with Vie Belles will be subject to provisions contained herein.
Recognized standards such as International Labor Organization Standards (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Social Accountability International (SAI), and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) were used as references in preparing this code and may be useful sources of additional information.
Vie Belles Suppliers must operate in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate, and also in full compliance with this Code.
Labor Standard and Human Right
A. CHILD LABOR
Vie Belles Suppliers must comply with local laws regarding the minimum age of employees. The minimum age for workers must be the greater of: (a) 15 years of age or 14 years of age where the local law allows such an employment age consistent with International Labor Organization guidelines; or (b) the age for completing mandatory (compulsorily) education; or (c) the minimum age established by law in the country of manufacture.
In addition, Vie Belles Suppliers must comply with all legal requirements for the work of authorized young workers, particularly those pertaining to hours of work, wages, working conditions, and the handling of certain materials.
B. FORCED LABOR
Vie Belles Suppliers must not use any type of involuntary or forced labor, including indentured, bonded, or prison labor.
C. WAGE AND BENEFITS
Vie Belles Suppliers must pay workers at least the minimum compensation required by local law and provide all legally mandated benefits. In addition to payment for regular hours of work, workers must be paid for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at least equal to their regular hourly payment rate.
D. HOURS OF WORK
Vie Belles Suppliers must ensure that on a regularly scheduled basis, except in extraordinary business circumstances, workers are not required to work more than (a) 60 hours a week, including overtime, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. In addition, except in extraordinary business circumstances, all workers are entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.
E. WOMEN’S RIGHTS
Vie Belles Suppliers will ensure women workers receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment. Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment and pregnancy testing—to the extent provided—will be voluntary and the option of the worker. In addition, workers will not be forced to use contraception.
F. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
Vie Belles Suppliers must recognize and respect any rights of workers to exercise lawful rights of free association, including joining or not joining any association. Vie Belles Suppliers also must respect any legal right of workers to bargain collectively.
Vie Belles Suppliers must ensure employment – including hiring, payment, benefits, advancement, termination and retirement – is based on ability and not on beliefs or any other personal characteristics.
Vie Belles Suppliers must treat all workers with respect and dignity. No worker shall be subject to corporal punishment, physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse. In addition, Vie Belles Suppliers will not use monetary fines as a disciplinary practice
Vie Belles Suppliers must not use subcontractors in the manufacture of Vie Belles products or product components without prior approval from Vie Belles, and only after the subcontractor has agreed to comply with this Supplier Code of Conduct. Vie Belles Suppliers must ensure that any subcontractor used has ethical and business practices that are similar to Vie Belles’ practices.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
A. Workplace Environment
Vie Belles Suppliers must provide workers a clean, safe and healthy work environment in compliance with all legally mandated standards for workplace health and safety in the countries in which they operate. This includes any residential facilities a Vie Belles Supplier provides to its workers.
B. Product Quality and Safety
All products and services delivered by the supplier must meet the quality and safety standards required applicable by law. When conducting business with or behalf of Vie Belles, the supplier must comply with the Vie Belles quality requirements.
Vie Belles Suppliers must comply with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacture. Additionally, Vie Belles Suppliers must not use materials that are considered harmful to the environment.
Vie Belles Suppliers must communicate this Code and its provisions to workers and supervisors.
MONITORING AND COMPLIANCE
Vie Belles will take affirmative measures, such as announced and unannounced inspections of production facilities, to ensure compliance with this Code. Vie Belles Suppliers must maintain at each production facility all documents necessary to demonstrate compliance with the Code. Vie Belles Suppliers must allow representatives from Vie Belles and, if requested, Vie Belles’ customers, full access to production facilities, worker records and workers for confidential interviews.
Vie Belles Suppliers are expected to take necessary corrective actions to promptly remedy any identified noncompliance. Vie Belles reserves the right to terminate its business relationship with any Vie Belles Supplier who is unwilling or unable to comply with this Code.
Suppliers must adopt or established a management system designed to ensure compliance with this code and applicable laws and regulations, identify and mitigate related operations, risks and facilitate continuous improvement. ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, Eco Management and Audit System (EMAS) may be useful resources.