SanMar is proud of its strong commitment to Responsible Sourcing. We seek out suppliers that adhere to our rigorous Social Compliance Standards and Global Operating Principles. These Principles are based on labor standards established by the International Labor Organization. All factory selection and vetting is based on these Principles as well as a system of comprehensive compliance audits and a demonstrated commitment to product safety.
In November 2012 the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions in factories around the world, recognized SanMar for its dedication to the Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing Principles when it accredited our compliance program.
Among our many obligations as an Accredited Participating Company, we have demonstrated our commitment to:
Upholding the FLA's Code of Conduct and established systems to identify and remedy ethical violations
Working with the FLA to develop and improve social compliance systems that flag issues and lead to sustainable solutions when workers are at risk
Monitoring our supply chain partners to ensure they meet strict labor standards
For a complete list of the Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing Principles that guide our sourcing activities and the FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct, please visit the FLA website at www.fairlabor.org.
In addition to the monitoring activities of the FLA, both our Compliance Team and independent third party auditors perform periodic announced and unannounced compliance audits at the facilities of each supplier involved in the production of our proprietary products. Should we discover that any remediation is required, our Compliance Team works closely with the supplier and the facility to ensure that timely corrective actions are taken as well as appropriate monitoring and verification.
SanMar is committed to conducting business in a socially responsible manner. This includes recognizing that we have a responsibility towards ensuring that slavery and trafficking do not occur in our supply chain. We seek to operate in compliance with the highest standard and all applicable national laws wherever we do business, and to respect and support international principles aimed at preventing and eradicating trafficking and slavery, as described in the 2000 United Nations “Palermo Protocol” and the 1926 Slavery Convention.
The 2010 California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the Act), which became effective January 1, 2012, requires companies such as SanMar to disclose our efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain. Our Global Operating Principles – a set of principles based on labor standards of the International Labor Organization covers forced labor, child labor, harassment or abuse, discrimination, wages, freedom of association, among others covering risks associated with trafficking and slavery of workers.
Our third-party verification of our Global Operating Principles is rigorous and certain factories are also independently monitored by the Fair Labor Association (FLA). We are proud of our affiliation with the FLA and continue to work with them and other socially responsible apparel companies to evaluate and develop improved and comprehensive human rights policies, supplier monitoring and training programs, worker hotline channels, and other best practices aimed at ensuring full compliance throughout the supply chain of our private label products.
As an Accredited Participating Company of the FLA, our suppliers are required to submit to independent monitoring by the FLA. Factories that are selected for monitoring are chosen at random by the FLA without any prior knowledge to either the factory or to SanMar. We believe this creates a high level of accountability and transparency at the factories which manufacture our products.
In addition to the monitoring activities of the FLA, both our Compliance Team and independent third-party auditors perform periodic and unannounced compliance audits at the facilities of each supplier involved in the production of our proprietary products. Should we discover that any remediation is required, our Compliance Team works closely with the supplier and the facility to ensure that timely corrective actions are taken, including appropriate monitoring and verification.
SanMar works within the guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, including sharing of General Conformity Certificates for all products imported to the U.S. In addition to adherence to our own Restricted Substances List, we maintain a Restricted Substances List similar to that developed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and all SanMar apparel products meet all applicable U.S. legal requirements. Please see our Product Safety Compliance page for more information about SanMar's commitment to product safety.
SanMar has many successful initiatives aimed at minimizing our impact on the environment. These include programs to conserve paper, packaging and energy, and promote recycling. We are also pleased to employ over 230 employees through at-home programs, removing hundreds of cars from roadways.
SanMar feels strongly about investing and participating in community events and programs, especially those in communities where our employees and customers live. Among other initiatives, we routinely hold and support charitable events within our facilities and provide our employees a charitable match program to support their own work within the community. A Customer Merchandise Donation Fund also supports our customers and their charitable efforts.
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