We Are Kindred Code of Conduct

 

It is inherently important to We Are Kindred for us to play a positive role in improving social, ethical and environmental standards along our supply chain. We strive to provide improved working conditions for people employed along our supply chain, strengthen relationships with our suppliers, protect the environment and promote animal welfare. We adhere to a strict animal welfare policy and have a strong anti-fur stance. We will only ever use faux fur derived from synthetic sources.

 

We Are Kindred are proud to be a part of the “Seed the Change” initiative, which organises the planting of one tree for every item purchased online. One Tree makes a difference to both our forests and surrounding communities. Every time customers shop with us, they are helping to support our global environment, one tree at a time.

 

We Are Kindred requires that working conditions in its supply chain are safe, that workers are treated lawfully and with respect, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. This Supplier Code of Conduct is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative code, and sets out the required standards and conditions of doing business with We Are Kindred. 

 

 Integrity

We Are Kindred conducts our business with honesty, fairness and integrity and are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct.  

 

 Labour Practices

We Are Kindred upholds the human rights of all workers and treat them with dignity and respect, as understood by the international community. This obligation applies to all workers of any kind, regardless of their place of work or the nature of our relationship.
Child Labour Must Not Be Used
We Are Kindred stipulates Child labour must not be used. All suppliers take reasonable steps to determine the age of labour within the business. The minimum age for employment is 16 years of age, the minimum local legal age for employment, or the minimum local age for completing mandatory schooling, whichever is higher. 
Living Wages
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must pay each worker such wages and benefits for a standard working week that meet national legal standards or industry benchmark standards in that worker’s location of employment, whichever is higher. 
 Employment freely chosen
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers employ all reasonable efforts to eliminate the use of forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour within our supply chain, and to avoid supporting, directly or indirectly, human trafficking.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Workers must have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing, and to bargain collectively.
Working conditions
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must provide a safe and hygienic working environment. They must ensure the safety of all facilities used within their supply chain and take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of or in connection with work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment. All suppliers must provide access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate sanitary facilities for food storage.
 Working hours
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must ensure that working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection to workers. In any event, suppliers must not require workers to work in excess of 48 hours per week on a regular basis, and must provide at least an average one day off for every seven day period. Overtime must be voluntary, no more than 12 hours per week, not demanded on a regular basis and always compensated at a premium rate.
Regular employment
To the extent possible, We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must engage all workers on the basis of a recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
Discrimination
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must not discriminate in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, health condition, pregnancy, union membership or political affiliation.
Treatment
We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers are strictly prohibited from engaging in physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation.

 

 Environmental practices

We Are Kindred stipulates all suppliers must not use harmful materials, dyes or chemicals that have any unacceptable risk to health or the environment during production, use or disposal.
Generally, suppliers must comply with all relevant  local and national environmental laws, regulations and standards. This includes all applicable laws and regulations regarding storage, handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals and non-hazardous solid waste, as well as the treatment and disposal or wastewater and air emissions.