Workplace Code of Conduct
Revised May 2018
The Sporticulture, Inc. Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions. The Code’s standards are based on International Labor Organization standards and internationally accepted good labor practices. The Code of Conduct is consistent with the Fair Labor Association’s Workplace Code of Conduct.
Sporticulture, Inc. expects all of the factories making its products to comply with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed and to implement the Workplace Code of Conduct in their facilities. When differences or conflicts in standards arise, affiliated companies are expected to apply the highest standard.
The Fair Labor Association defines compliance with the Workplace Code as adherence to its Compliance Benchmarks and the Principles of Monitoring. The Compliance Benchmarks identify specific requirements for meeting each Code standard, while the Principles of Monitoring guide the assessment of compliance. For more information about the Fair Labor Association, see www.fairlabor.org. Sporticulture, Inc. expects the factories making its products to make improvements that are consistent with the Fair Labor Association’s Compliance Benchmarks. When Code standards are not met, Sporticulture, Inc. expects factories to develop sustainable mechanisms to ensure ongoing compliance.
14812 BURNTWOODS ROAD
GLENWOOD, MD 21738
SPORTICULTURE, INC. WORKPLACE CODE OF CONDUCT
EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP: Employers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respects workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
NONDISCRIMINATION: No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.
HARASSMENT OR ABUSE: Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
FORCED LABOR: There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor.
CHILD LABOR: No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher.
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT: Employers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of employers’ facilities. Employers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.
HOURS OF WORK: Employers 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 work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Employers shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Employers shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.
COMPENSATION: Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the worker’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Employers shall pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, each employer shall work the Fair Labor Association to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does.