The Code of Product Responsibility Conduct is
the tangible presentation of what you are doing to meet the expectations of the
end buyer for product safety, social and environmental assurances. It is a
statement of principles. It is what a supplier would hand to a distributor and
what a distributor would hand to an end buyer when an end buyer expresses those
It is your commitment.
Many end buyers, particularly larger businesses, have already adopted their own
Code of Product Responsibility Conduct. There is no specific law that requires
a Code of Product Responsibility Conduct, but there is remarkable similarity
among those that have been adopted. Many of them draw from working conditions
standards that have been put forth by various international entities,
government as well as non-governmental.
Typically, the Codes include statements on
environmental, safety and quality commitments. Below is an example of the
To show your support and adoption of this Code of Conduct, feel free to copy
and paste the below information onto your website and/or include this
information in your business communications.
2011 Code of Product Responsibility Conduct
(COMPANY)'S COMMITMENT TO ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT
Our Company believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers
and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted
standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes
and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and protecting the
environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable laws and to
conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
We will comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of
products we sell. We will meet applicable recognized voluntary industry
standards for our products and processes.
No Abuse Of Labor
We will not use any form of forced labor, including indentured, prison,
bonded or slave labor. We will not use physical or verbal harassment or abuse
to discipline employees.
No Child Labor
We will not use child labor. We will comply with all minimum age provisions
of applicable laws and regulations.
Freedom Of Association
We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of
reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization
recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.
We will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on the basis of
age, nationality, race, religion, social or ethnic orientation, gender or
Hours And Wages
We will comply with all applicable wage, work hours, hiring, benefits, and
overtime laws and regulations.
In the absence of law in a particular location relating to product safety,
labor, employment, environment or working conditions, the spirit and intent of
these policies shall be met.
We will provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace. We will abide by all
applicable laws and regulations for safety and health. Proper sanitation,
lighting, ventilation and fire safety protection will be provided.
We abide by all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We will manage
our environmental footprint to minimize the adverse impact on the environment.
We will manage our energy, water and waste systems for maximum efficiency and
minimal adverse impact on the environment.
Subcontractors And Sources
We require all businesses that support our business as subcontractors,
manufacturers or sources of goods to comply with all of the same policies
stated in our Commitment to Ethical and Responsible Conduct Policy. All
subcontractors and suppliers are required to comply with all applicable and
We expect those businesses to develop and implement internal business
procedures to ensure compliance with our policy.