We source Berghaus products from suppliers around the world, mostly in Asia. In turn, these suppliers employ thousands of people. Although we do not employ them directly, we are committed to improving working conditions for the people that make our products.
We recognise that there are complex ethical issues within the apparel and footwear manufacturing supply chain. It is important that we understand why these issues exist, and then take steps to help improve working conditions.
We limit our impact and risk by setting robust standards, selecting partners carefully and working with them to continually improve performance.
Our policy is to only do business with suppliers that adopt and implement our standards, or have policies that reflect the same values. Our Code of Employment Standards for Suppliers reflects globally recognised labour standards, including the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code.
It requires Berghaus suppliers to ensure that:
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour is not used
- Employment is freely chosen
- No discrimination is practised
- There is no harsh or inhumane treatment
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected (e.g. workers are free to join a trade union)
- Regular employment is provided.
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