Code of conduct
Dellia has implemented Ethical Guidelines or a Code of Conduct (CoC) to be followed at all times. These guidelines are based on internationally recognized demands for workers’ and human rights, as well as our own ethical and environmental demands. In this CoC Dellia defines and stipulates requirements which have to be implemented by all partners and suppliers. It constitutes the foundation of any co-operation.
1. Forced Labor / Prison Labor
1.1 Forced or prison labor will not be tolerated by Dellia. Suppliers shall maintain employment on a voluntary basis. Dellia will not accept products from suppliers who utilize in any manner forced labor or prison labor in the manufacture or in their contacting, subcontracting or other relationships for the manufacture of their products.
1.2 Workers shall not be required to lodge ‘deposits’ or their identity papers with their employer and should be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
2. Freedom of Association and Right To Collective Bargaining
2.1 All workers have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. If these rights are restricted under law, the employer shall facilitate, and not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining. Workers representatives shall not be discriminated and shall have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.
3. Child Labor
3.1 Dellia will not tolerate the use of child labor. Suppliers and factories shall employ only employees who have attained an age no less than the legal minimum working age (in China, 16 years of age) or 15 years of age, whichever is greater.
3.2 New recruitment of child labor in infringing of the above mentioned conventions is unacceptable. If child labor, as described above, is already in existence, sustained efforts shall be made to redress the situation as quickly as possible. However, the children concerned shall be given the possibility of earning a livelihood, as well as acquiring an education until they are no longer of compulsory school age.
3.3 For jobs that require greater maturity or pose a safety risk, these employees are to be a minimum of 18 years of age.
4.1 Suppliers and factories shall not discriminate against their employees or prospective employees in hiring practices or other term or condition of work on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, social or marital status, maternity, membership in worker’s organizations, or any other similar factors.
4.2 Measures shall be established to protect workers from sexually intrusive, threatening, insulting or exploitative behavior, and from discrimination or termination of employment on unjustifiable grounds, e.g. marriage, pregnancy, parenthood or HIV status.
5. No Harsh or Inhuman Treatment
5.1 Suppliers and factories shall not engage in the use or threat of corporal punishment, the use or threat of any type of abuse or harassment, including mental, physical (including sexual) or verbal, against its employees or the use or threat of any form of intimidation. Suppliers and factories shall treat all of its employees with respect and dignity.
6. Health and Safety
6.1 Suppliers and factories shall provide a healthy and safe work environment and fully comply with all health and safety measures designed to minimize health and safety risks pursuant to applicable law. Adequate steps shall be taken by suppliers and factories to minimize the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
6.2 Workers shall receive regular and documented health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new workers.
6.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
6.4 Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe and adequately ventilated, and shall have access to clean toilet facilities and potable water.
7. Wages and Benefits
7.1 The wages paid by suppliers and factories to its employees shall be at least the greater of (1) the minimum wage under applicable law or (2) the wage that is equivalent to the prevailing wage for the same type of work in the same or similar industry having similar ownership in the same geographic area, and should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.
7.2 All workers shall be provided with a written and comprehensible contract outlining their wage conditions and method of payments before entering employment.
7.3 Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted.
7.4 Paid annual leave and holidays shall be provided by suppliers and factories to its employees as required by applicable law.
7.5 Benefits provided by suppliers and factories shall include, at a minimum, those mandated by applicable law.
8. Working Hours
8.1 Suppliers and factories shall comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards with respect to working hours.
8.2 Working hours shall not exceed 48 hours per week. (8 hours per day)
8.3 Workers shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7 day period.
8.4 Overtime shall be limited. The maximum overtime is 12 hours per week.
8.5 Workers shall always receive overtime pay, minimum in accordance with current legislation.
9. Regular Employment
9.1 Obligations to employees under international conventions and social security laws, and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship, shall not be avoided through the use of short term contracting (such as contract labor, casual labor or day labor), sub-contractors or other labor relationships.
9.2 All workers are entitled to a contract of employment that shall be written in a language they understand.
9.3 The duration and content of apprenticeship programs shall be clearly defined.
10. Consideration for Marginalized Populations
10.1 Production and extraction of raw materials for production shall not contribute to the destruction of the resources and income base for marginalized populations, such as in claiming large land areas or other natural resources on which these populations are dependent.
11. Environmental Protection
11.1 Environmental measures shall be taken into consideration throughout the production and distribution chain ranging from the production of raw material to the consumer sale. Local, regional and global environmental aspects shall be considered. The local environment at the production site shall not be exploited or degraded by pollution.
11.2 At a minimum, suppliers and factories shall comply with all applicable laws in relation to or in connection with environmental protection. In the absence of such laws, suppliers and factories shall take responsible actions to adopt procedures to ensure the proper protection of the environment.
11.3 Relevant discharge permits shall be obtained where required.
11.4 Hazardous chemicals and other substances shall be carefully managed.
12. No Bribery and Corruption
12.1 Suppliers are expected to conduct business with ethics and integrity. Suppliers are forbidden from offering anything – money, gifts, or services to gain an advantage in business dealings. They are also barred from abusing a position of trust to gain undue advantage in business dealings.