Code of Conduct
Gildan’s Code of Conduct, developed in 2005 and updated in 2012, governs the Company’s day-to-day operations by setting forth clear guidelines for the maintenance of an ethical workplace. Gildan’s management expressly based these guidelines on internationally recognized standards, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, which are an essential standard in today’s workplace.
Gildan’s Code of Conduct also encompasses principles set forth by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). The FLA’s stated purpose is to protect workers' rights and improve working conditions worldwide, while WRAP’s set of principles establishes best practices commonly agreed upon in the area of social responsibility.
What does Gildan’s Code of Conduct include?
Our Code of Conduct guides our activities at each of our global operational locations. Gildan’s Code of Conduct unmistakably asserts our position on a wide range of labour practices that include: child labor, forced labour, compensation, hours of work/overtime, health and safety as well as many other best practices that Gildan’s management feels are integral to both our organization and our employees.
Every employee and management team member is required to comply with Gildan’s Code of Conduct.
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Code of Conduct Internal Training
All new employees are familiarized with Gildan’s Code of Conduct through a formal onboarding process administered by the Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility departments and are required to certify in writing that they have read and understood all aspects of the Code of Conduct. In addition, new employees are informed on topics relating to corporate citizenship, as well as their rights and obligations in that regard. This training provides new employees with a thorough knowledge of Gildan’s Code of Conduct and raises awareness on the concept of Corporate Citizenship and its role it within our Company.
Ad hoc refresher courses on Gildan’s Code of Conduct and on other topics relating to corporate citizenship are also periodically provided to prevent and address potential workplace-related issues. In 2015, refresher courses on the Code of Conduct were provided to all employees in our sewing, textile and screenprinting facilities in Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. A refresher training course will be administered in our remaining hosiery facility in Honduras and integrated facility in Bangladesh by the end of the third quarter of 2016.
In 2014, the Code of Conduct was introduced to the employees from the recently acquired Doris facility and administrative office in Canada and a more in depth training is schedule for the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, training on the Code of Conduct was provided to the employees of the recently acquired Comfort Colors facilities.
Gildan Vendor Guidebook
Gildan continually works with both our facilities’ and contractor’s management teams in order to help them improve their labour compliance performance. The Gildan Vendor Guidebook provides a comprehensive reference and it is a practical tool that covers principles of the International Labor Organization convention standards and policies that must be implemented in order to protect and promote workers’ rights. Specifically, the Gildan Vendor Guidebook includes the following:
- Details on how to implement an integrated approach to meeting Gildan’s Code of Conduct and labour compliance standards;
- Policies and operating procedures for each labour compliance standard;
- A management system approach to labour compliance, outlining the benefits of adopting an integrated approach rather than an issue-focused and fragmented approach.