In accordance with the Bangladesh Labor Law 2006, ILO Conventions, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s Conventions on children’s rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the UN Global Compact and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and other relevant internationally recognized agreements Knit Concern Group ensures that the Code of Conduct is also observed by subcontractors involved in production processes of final manufacturing stages carried out.
Within the scope of options for action and appropriate measures, Knit Concern Group has to aim at the implementation of the following criteria in a development approach:
Legal Compliance: Knit Concern Group shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations, industry minimum standards, ILO and UN Conventions, and any other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements are more stringent.
Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining: Knit Concern Group committed to ensure that all personnel shall have the right to form, join, and organize trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively on their behalf with the company. The company shall respect this right, and shall effectively inform personnel that they are free to join an organization of their choosing and that their doing so will not result in any negative consequences to them, or retaliation, from the company. The company shall not in any way interfere with the establishment, functioning, or administration of such workers’ organizations or collective bargaining. The company shall ensure that representatives of workers and any personnel engaged in organizing workers are not subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or retaliation for reason of their being members of a union or participating in trade union activities, and that such representatives have access to their members in the workplace. – In accordance with ILO Conventions 11, 87, 98, 135 and 154.
Prohibition of Discrimination: Knit Concern Group shall not be tolerated discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender, age, religion, race, caste, birth, social background, disability, ethnic and national origin, nationality, membership in workers’ organizations including unions, political affiliation or opinions, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, marital status, or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. – In accordance with ILO Conventions 100, 111, 143, 158, 159, 169 and 183.
Compensation & Benefits: In Knit Concern Group wages paid for regular working hours, overtime hours and overtime differentials shall meet or exceed legal minimums and/or industry standards. Illegal, unauthorized or disciplinary deductions from wages shall not be made. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure are forbidden, unless this is permitted by national law and a freely negotiated collective bargaining agreement is in force. Knit Concern shall ensure that wage and benefits composition are detailed clearly and regularly for workers; the company shall also ensure that wages and benefits are rendered in full compliance with all applicable laws and that remuneration is rendered in a manner convenient to workers.
Working Hours: Knit Concern Group shall comply with applicable national laws and industry standards on working hours and public holidays. The maximum allowable working hours in a week are as defined by national law but shall not on a regular basis exceed 48 hours and the maximum allowable overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 12 hours. Overtime hours are to be worked solely on a voluntary basis and to be paid at a premium rate. In cases where overtime work is needed in order to meet short-term business demand and the company is party to a collective bargaining agreement freely negotiated with worker organizations (as defined above) representing a significant portion of its workforce, the company may require such overtime work in accordance with such agreements. Any such agreement must comply with the requirements above.
An employee is entitled to at least one free day following six consecutive days worked.
Exceptions to this rule apply only where both of the following conditions exist:
- National law allows work time exceeding this limit;
- A freely negotiated collective bargaining agreement is in force that allows work time averaging, including adequate rest periods.
- In accordance with ILO Conventions 1 and 14 and ILO Recommendation 116.
Workplace Health and Safety: Knit Concern Group shall provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and shall take effective steps to prevent potential accidents and injury to workers’ health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the workplace environment, and bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards.
Knit Concern Group has established and followed a clear set of regulations and procedures regarding occupational health and safety, especially the provision and use of personal protective Equipment, access to clean toilet facilities, access to potable water and if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided. The company shall ensure that any dormitory (If required) facilities provided for personnel are clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the personnel. All personnel shall have the right to remove themselves from imminent serious danger without seeking permission from the company.
Workplace practice and conditions in dormitories which violate basic human rights are forbidden. In particular young workers shall not be exposed to hazardous, unsafe or unhealthy situations. – In accordance with ILO Conventions 155, 184 and ILO Recommendations 164 and 190.
In particular, management representative of Knit Concern Group responsible for the health and safety of all personnel and accountable for the implementation of the Health and Safety elements. All personnel shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, moreover, such training shall be repeated for new and reassigned personnel.
Systems to detect avoid or respond to potential threats to health and safety of all personnel shall be established. Knit Concern shall be reimbursed all overtime at a premium rate as defined by national law.
– In accordance with ILO Conventions 12, 26, 101, 102 and 131.
Prohibition of Child Labor: In Knit Concern Group Child labor is forbidden as defined by ILO and United Nations Conventions and/or by national law. Any forms of exploitation of children are forbidden. Working conditions resembling slavery or harmful to children’s health are forbidden. The rights of young workers must be protected.
The company may employ young workers, but where such young workers are subject to compulsory education laws, they may work only outside of school hours. Under no circumstances shall any young worker’s school, work, and transportation time exceed a combined total of 10 hours per day, and in no case shall young workers work more than 8 hours a day. Young workers may not work during night hours.
– In accordance with ILO Conventions 10, 79, 138, 142 and 182 and Recommendation 146.
Prohibition of Forced and compulsory Labor and Disciplinary Measures: In Knit Concern Group prohibits all forms of forced labor, such as lodging deposits or the retention of identity documents from personnel upon commencing employment, are forbidden as is prisoner labor that violates basic human rights. Neither the company nor any entity supplying labor to the company shall withhold any part of any personnel’s salary, benefits, property, or documents in order to force such personnel to continue working for the company.
In Knit Concern Group personnel shall have the right to leave the workplace premises after completing the standard workday, and be free to terminate their employment provided that they give reasonable notice to their employer. Neither the company nor any entity supplying labor to the company shall engage in or support trafficking in human beings.
The company shall treat all personnel with dignity and respect. The company shall not engage in or tolerate the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion and verbal abuse of personnel.
– In accordance with ILO Conventions 29 and 105.
Environment and Safety Issues: Knit Concern Group committed to maintain procedures and standards for waste management, handling and disposure of chemicals and other dangerous materials, emissions and effluent treatment meet or exceed minimum legal requirements.
Management Systems: Knit Concern Group shall define and implement a policy for social accountability, a management system to ensure that the requirements of the BSCI Code of Conduct can be met as well as establish and follow anti-bribery / anti-corruption policy in all of their business activities. Management is responsible for the correct implementation and continuous improvement by taking corrective measures and periodical review of the Code of Conduct, as well as the communication of the requirements of the Code of Conduct to all employees. It shall also address employees’ concerns of noncompliance with this Code of Conduct.
Customs Compliance: Knit Concern Group will comply with applicable customs law and, in particular, will establish and maintain programs to comply with customs laws regarding illegal transshipment of apparel products.
Security: Knit Concern Group will maintain facility security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo into outbound shipments (e.g. drugs, explosives, biohazards, and/or other contraband).