Legal Compliance: ELC is committed to conducting its business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where we do business. We aim to meet or exceed requirements of applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, corporate standards and other standards to which the company subscribes. We expect our suppliers to do the same.
Child Labor: ELC suppliers must not employ child labor. The term "child" means any person employed under the age of 15 (or 14 where the law of the country permits) or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greater.
Forced Labor: ELC suppliers must not use forced or compulsory labor of any kind, be it prison, bonded, indentured or otherwise. Furthermore, mandatory overtime is not permitted, and workers must be allowed to leave their employment after giving reasonable notice.
Human Rights: ELC suppliers must treat their employees with respect and dignity. They must not engage in any kind of physical, verbal, psychological or sexual abuse or misconduct.
Hours: ELC suppliers must uphold the local legal limit on hours worked, and where no limit is imposed, they must not engage workers for more than 60 hours a week at most-outside of extraordinary circumstances. Workers must receive at least 1 day off each week and must not be required to take work home.
Wages: ELC suppliers must pay their employees the legal minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage (whichever is higher) as well as any legally prescribed benefits. Workers must not be subject to financial penalties for poor performance or face illegal deductions for benefits payments.
Discrimination: ELC suppliers must not subject their workers to any unfair or unjustified discrimination with regard to hiring, remuneration, promotion or termination. Any employment decisions must be based on worker ability and not on personal characteristics such as race, creed, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital, partnership or familial status, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.
ELC suppliers are expected to comply with the law in all circumstances. In cases where applicable law conflicts with the provisions in this policy, suppliers are expected to comply with the law, while seeking to meet the underlying principles of this policy.
Freedom of Association: ELC suppliers must recognize the right of employees to freely associate and must comply with all local laws governing the right of employees to select or not to select workplace representatives.
Health and Safety: ELC suppliers must ensure that their workers perform their work in clean, healthy and safe environments. Any residential facilities must be similarly maintained. Work areas must be of a standard to prevent accidents and illnesses and to ensure an adequate level of sanitation.
Environment: In addition to upholding local environmental laws, ELC suppliers must strive to continually improve their performance.
Subcontracting: Subcontractors must agree to abide by ELC’s Supplier Code of Conduct. All manufacturing facilities, including decorating facilities, may not be changed without notice to and approval by ELC.
Communication: ELC suppliers must make all reasonable efforts to communicate the ELC Supplier Code of Conduct to workers and must ensure that workers have the opportunity to ask questions and make complaints under the Code.
Ethical Practices and Anti-Corruption Policy: All ELC suppliers and their officers, directors and employees must adhere to the highest standards of business ethical conduct. Below is a summary of ELC’s Anti-Corruption Policy. Please read the policy carefully as all suppliers must comply with its terms.
Improper Payments, Gifts and Entertainment: ELC employees may not give or receive gifts or entertainment unless they are not provided as a quid pro quo, modest in value, infrequent, unsolicited, given on a customary gift giving occasion, reasonable and customary in our business and permissible under the rules of the Suppliers’ organization.
Cash and cash equivalents such as gift cards and gift checks are never acceptable. Gifts of tickets for entertainment of any nature (theater, sporting event, etc.) require that the donor attend the event with the recipient.