CODE OF CONDUCT 

WORKING CONDITIONS 

Max Suppliers must provide a safe and hygienic working environment for all staff, with adequate ventilation and light.  Safe drinking water is to be provided at no extra charge, and safe storage for food items. 

Workers must have access to hygienic toilet facilities, and if accommodation is provided it is vital this is safe, clean and meets basic needs.    

Training in health and safety shall be provided regularly to all workers, and it is essential all new workers are given this training before they commence work.  A record of this training should be kept, and a senior manager should monitor and control this process.  Training must include fire prevention, and steps to prevent accidents and injury. 

 CHILD LABOUR

We will not tolerate any use of Child Labour to manufacture our garments, or produce any components of these garments, including fabric and trims.  The UN convention (138) outlines the minimum age a child shall be allowed to work and this is broken down into Light work, Basic minimum age, and Hazardous work.  We expect all Max suppliers to follow this requirement, however if the national or local laws are more stringent than this, then these must be followed. 

If the supplier uses subcontractors for any reason, including the production of fabric or trims, then they must ensure these subcontractors abide by the same international standards regarding Child labour.  If any violation is detected, the supplier must take appropriate action immediately that will allow the Child to stay in quality education until they reach the age of 15.   

 

FORCED LABOUR  

All workers must be employed on a voluntary basis, and are free to leave with acceptable notice.  The employer is not required to hold onto identity papers or accept any deposits from workers. 

 

LIVING WAGES  

Wages must meet the minimum legal requirements of that region or country.  These wages are expected to be enough to meet the basic needs of workers and their families, and provide extra for additional needs within reason.  Any overtime must be paid at a rate that meets minimum requirements for local or national laws. 

Workers are to be provided with written confirmation of their remuneration prior to commitment of any work, and information on how and when this will be paid.  Deductions from these wages are not permitted without permission from the worker concerned. 

 

WORKING HOURS 

Workers must be provided at least one day off for every 7-day period, and regular working hours must not exceed 48 hours per week.  It is a requirement that all overtime is voluntary, this cannot total more than 12 hours per week.  This is a minimum requirement and does not replace national or local laws if this provides greater protection. 

 

DISCRIMINATION AND INHUMANE TREATMENT 

Max suppliers must not accept any discrimination based on religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, political views, national origin, race, union membership or disability.   

Physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated; including sexual harassment.  All workers must be treated with dignity and respect, and have any complaints documented by management.   If disciplinary action is required, this must comply with international human rights, or national laws, which ever provides the greatest protection to the victim. 

 

CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY 

Suppliers must identify which departments could be at risk or bribery and corruption, and ensure adequate training and support is provided to staff to ensure this does not occur. 

  

UNIONS 

All workers have the right to join trade unions of their choice, and to bargain collectively.  Any discrimination to these workers will not be tolerated, and no payment or bonus can be offered to workers who do not belong to a union. 

Workers representatives should be allowed to carry out their functions, and the employer should be supportive towards this process. 

 

ENVIRONMENT  

Chemicals and waste products must be disposed in an appropriate manner so there is no risk to the environment, population or animal life.  Operations must be carried out in accordance to local laws and guidelines to keep any effects to a minimum. 

 

TRACEABILITY OF FABRIC AND TRIMS 

Suppliers who source fabric or trims from third parties are responsible for enforcing the principles of this code of conduct to each source.  Adequate records should be kept, showing contract agreements and payments.   

Under no circumstances will we accept the use of Uzbekistani cotton, for fabric or trims.   

 

Items in this code of conduct will be audited in addition to other audit requirements.