Social and Ethical Compliance Policy
Alannah Hill is a proudly Australian owned fashion label. Our policy is founded on the principles of:
As a leading Australian owned brand, we are committed to the communities in which we live and operate, ensuring that we integrate good corporate behaviour into all aspects of our operations. We believe in looking beyond financial results and include social, environmental, and ethical indicators in the measure of our performance.
To be a supplier to Alannah Hill companies must pass through a strict evaluation process including social and ethical compliance audits. We work to build and maintain long term manufacturing partnerships, both locally and overseas, with like-minded vendors who maintain the high standards that we set.
We closely monitor the entire supply chain and all stages of production with senior management completing both scheduled and random audits on suppliers.
To facilitate decent and humane working conditions and promote ethical business practices at facilities around the world, we have developed an ethical standards policy based on the ETI code of practice.
Whether we enter into or continue with a business relationship with a supplier depends in part on its compliance and commitment to our standards and principles.
The cornerstone of the policy revolves around:
- Freedom of employment
- Freedom of association
- Safe working conditions
- Prohibition of child labour
- Sustainable living wages
- Reasonable working hours
- No discrimination
- Fair and equitable treatment
- Environmental consciousness
- Auditable systems
Freedom of employment
Suppliers must not use forced, bonded or prison labour. Workers will not be required to lodge deposits, or identity papers with an employer and must be free to leave work at the end of the shift and terminate their employment with reasonable notice.
Freedom of association
Suppliers will recognise the right of employees to join unions or representative committees and the right of worker’s associations to collective bargaining.
Safe working conditions
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing local knowledge of the industry and any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, or occurring in the course of work by minimising as far as practical hazards in the workplace.
Health and safety training shall be practiced on site and clean toilet facilities and potable water shall be provided. Where accommodation or food is provided it shall be clean , safe and meet the basic needs of workers.
There shall be no recruitment of child labour. Companies can only employ people who meet the local legal minimum age for employment as stipulated by the ILO and the national standards This policy will be severely enforced.
Sustainable living wages
Terms and conditions of employment must be clearly communicated to all workers. Written records of payments must be maintained for audit purposes. Wages must be paid in line with national legal standards or industry benchmark whichever is greater.
Wages must be paid at regular intervals according to national or industry benchmarks. Any deductions not provided for under national law are not permitted without the express written permission of the worker.
Reasonable working hours
Suppliers must comply with applicable laws and regulations in regards to working hours and must operate in a manner that promotes humane and productive hours of work and working conditions.
There is to be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
Fair and equitable treatment
Physical abuse, the threat of physical abuse, sexual and other forms of harassment, verbal abuse and other types of intimidation will never be used by a supplier or factory in relation to their workers.
The deduction of wages s a disciplinary measure will not be used.
Obligations to employees under labour and social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour only contracting, subcontracting, or home based working schemes or through apprenticeship schemes, where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed term contracts of employment.
Suppliers must comply with applicable environmental laws, must maintain a written environmental policy and must implement a system to minimize or eliminate negative impacts of its practices on the environment.
Suppliers must provide representative with unrestricted access, without advance notice, to all factory premises, employees as well as to documentation relevant to determining whether it is in compliance with these policies and all applicable laws and regulations.
All suppliers are regularly audited by senior management of Alannah Hill to ensure they are compliant with our policy and standards. If we find evidence of unethical practices or non-compliance with our policies we will take action to invoke corrective procedures. If the corrective procedures and standards are not achieved, or not adhered, to we will cease supply with that company.
Social Compliance Audit Report
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If you have any further concerns please contact Kara Brooks.