Ethical Sourcing Policy - January 2016
Vintage LED has made it a practice to source from the highest quality factories and those with the best management and staff treatment. We have personally visited factories and have seen improvements in these factories over time.
All our factories have attained ISO9001 accreditation for quality control, risk managements and safety procedures.
In addition to this we have encouraged each of our factories to obtain ISO 14001 – Environmental Management, SA 8000 (Social Responsibility) and OHSAS 18001 (Health & safety)
But what we look for in our suppliers is an openness in the way they deal with customers (and staff) and a willingness to improve where unsafe, environmental unfriendly or unfair practices exist.
To the extent we can we seek to find suppliers that share our principles:
We expect the factory to be a happy, healthy and safe working environment which minimises risk around hazards, hazardous materials and unsafe work practices.
Appropriate procedures will be taken by all factories to prevent accidents and injuries related to the working environment and its processes. Injured workers will be treated with respect with the offer of rehabilitation and the objective of return to normal work.
Workers should receive regular health and safety training and new employees informed and instructed in safe operating procedures for their specific duties.
Access to clean sanitary facilities, clean and drinkable water and no restrictions to the access of these facilities is mandatory by all factories.
If accommodation is provided, it should be clean and safe. A sanitary food storage and preparation area must be provided. The responsibility for health and safety within the work environment will be assigned to a senior manager.
We don't screw down our factories on price and expect that they will then provide an adequate living wage to their employees which should include a certain amount of discretionary spend or savings for each worker.
Workers shall not work in excess of the lesser of(a) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by local and national law, or (b) 50 hours a week on a regularly scheduled basis, including overtime.
Workers shall be guaranteed one day off every consecutive seven-day period.
Overtime shall be voluntary only and workers shall be paid in accordance with national law.
We will not buy from any factory where any evidence exists that they are willing to employee minors
Suppliers and their factories shall not discriminate in the hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement on the basis of race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
Each Factory we work with must hold international accreditations for all the products they sell - including UL, CE, ROHS etc.Vintage LED will visit every partner factory periodically to ensure that these principlesare being lived up to by supplier managers and factories.