Ethical principles apply to all facilities of V-Knitwear that produce readymade garments for exporting to foreign countries.
V-Knitwear recognizes that there are legal and cultural environments in which factories operate. These ethical principles set forth the basic requirements of V-Knitwear factories in order to do business with its customers abroad.
V-Knitwear makes ceaseless effort to promote best practices and continuous improvement of ethical issues in all its manufacturing units. For easy access to the issues, V-Knitwear posted contents in the Notice Boards of factories in both Bangla and English.
The issues are:
- Principle 1 – Laws & Regulation :
V-Knitwear facilities operate in full compliance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they manufacture.
- Principle 2 – Employment Age :
Workers may not be younger than 18 years of age.
- Principle 3 – Forced Labour :
V-Knitwear facilities do not use involuntary or forced labour – indentured, bonded or otherwise.
- Principle 4 – Wage and Benefits :
V-Knitwear facilities compensate their employees fairly by providing compensation packages comprising wages and benefits that, at the very least, comply with legally mandated minimum standards. Each employee is provided with a clear, written accounting for each pay period. Employees are compensated for overtime according to local law.
- Principle 5 – Hours of Work :
V-Knitwear facilities ensure employees’ hours worked shall not, on a regularly scheduled basis, exceed the legal limitations on regular and overtime hours in the jurisdiction in which they manufacture or 60 hours per week including overtime. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, all employees are entitled to one day off in every seven-day period.
- Principle 6 – Health and Safety :
V-Knitwear facilities provide their employees with a clean, safe and healthy work environment, designed to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of or occurring during the course of work. All V-Knitwear facilities comply with all applicable, legally mandated standards for workplace health and safety. All the workers and staff enjoy free medical treatment. Company doctors are available full time.
- Principle 7 – Discrimination :
V-Knitwear respects cultural differences, employment – including hiring, remuneration, benefits, advancement, termination and retirement based on ability and not on belief or any other personal characteristics. V-Knitwear facilities do not discriminate on the basis of race, age, colour, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or similar factors.
- Principle 8 – Harassment :
V-Knitwear facilities treat all employees with respect and dignity. V-Knitwear facilities do not subject employees to corporal punishment, physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
- Principle 9 – Woman’s Rights :
V-Knitwear facilities ensure women workers receive equal treatment in all aspects of their employment. Pregnancy test is not a condition of employment, and pregnancy testing – to the extent provided by V-Knitwear facilities – will be at the option of the worker. Employees are not exposed to hazards that may endanger their reproductive health, and employees are not forced to use contraception. Fully equipped CRECHES are available for the female workers having babies.
- Principle 10 – Monitoring and Compliance :
V-Knitwear facilities maintain on site all documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with Global Compliance Principles. V-Knitwear and its subsidiaries undertake affirmative measures, such as announced and unannounced on-site inspections of production facilities, to monitor compliance with Global Compliance Principles. V-Knitwear facilities allow customer’s representatives full access to production facilities, employee records and employees for confidential interviews in connection with monitoring visits. In addition V-Knitwear facilities respond promptly to reasonable inquiries by customer representatives concerning the subjects addressed in an audit.