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At Pussyfoot we are committed to taking a leadership role in subscribing to high standards of ethical conduct by working with all of our suppliers to positively influence ours and their social, ethical and environmental performance. We recognize our corporate and social responsibilities reside as much in our supply chain as in our own activities. We continually seek to ensure that the products and services we source are ethically produced.

We work only with suppliers that demonstrate a commitment to implementing policies and practices consistent with and complementary to, our own. We believe these considerations to be the platform from which responsible behaviors can build.

Labour Standards

Pussyfoot expects suppliers to adopt sound labour practices and to treat their employees fairly in accordance with local laws and regulations regarding labour and employment. Pussyfoot expects its suppliers to adhere to the following requirements:

Employment is freely chosen

Suppliers will not use forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour. Workers are not required to lodge `deposits' or their identity papers with the employer and are free to leave once their shift ends or after giving their employer reasonable notice.

Child Labour

Suppliers shall not use child labour. “Child” is defined as a person who is younger than the local legal permissible working age. Suppliers shall verify the age of their workers and maintain copies of their workers’ proof of age. Suppliers shall follow all applicable laws, regulations and the ILO standards regarding working hours and conditions for all employees.

Involuntary Labour

Suppliers shall not use involuntary labour. “Involuntary Labour” is defined as work or services, which are extracted from any person under threat or penalty for its non-performance and for which the worker does not offer himself or herself voluntarily, and includes all manner of prison, bonded, indentured and forced labour. Workers must be free to leave once their shift ends and free to leave their employment after reasonable notice.

Non-Discrimination or Harassment

Suppliers shall employ workers solely on the basis of their ability to do the job and shall not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, racial characteristics, maternity or material status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, national, cultural, religious or personal beliefs in relation to hiring, wages, benefits, termination or retirement. There shall be no inappropriate medical testing used in determining employment. Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited..

Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining

Suppliers shall respect the rights of workers to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a legal and peaceful manner. Suppliers shall ensure that employee representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace. Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, suppliers must not hinder the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.

Working conditions

Suppliers shall provide a safe and hygienic working environment, including monitoring of compliance with applicable legislation, regulations and the ILO standards. Suppliers shall ensure that personal protective safety equipment is available and workers are adequately trained in its use. Safeguards on machinery must meet or exceed local laws, and workers shall be provided with all appropriate protective equipment.

Working Hours

All working hours will comply with national laws. Overtime work should be voluntary, and overtime should not be requested on a regular basis. Suppliers shall guarantee workers breaks and days off in compliance with applicable law.

Wages and Benefits

Suppliers shall provide wages and benefits that comply with all local laws and regulations or match prevailing local manufacturing or industry rates, whichever is higher. Overtime pay shall be calculated at the legally required rate, regardless of whether workers are compensated hourly or by piece rate.

Regular employment is provided

To every extent possible suppliers must ensure work performed must be on the basis of a recognized employment relationship established through national law and practice. Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the imposed use of labour-only contracting or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive and prevalent use of fixed-term contracts of employment.

Environmental Standards

Suppliers shall as a minimum comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to the environmental impacts of their business, and maintain procedures for notifying local authorities in the event of an environment accident resulting from the supplier’s operation. Supplier compliance with environmental law shall include any international or applicable local laws affecting the source of materials and processes used to manufacture products.


Suppliers shall not be engaged in the manufacture of arms or in the sale of arms.

Business Courtesies and Inducements

Offering, giving, soliciting or receiving any form of bribe or under-the-table payment, including unauthorized gifts, is prohibited.

Monitoring and Compliance

Generally, suppliers will not be engaged as a preferred supplier to Pussyfoot unless the Ethical Sourcing Policy can be complied with and Pussyfoot considers performance is acceptable, or genuine attempts are being made to address violations of this policy. Pussyfoot reserves the right to audit compliance with this policy or appoint a third party to conduct an audit. Any violations will be reported to the supplier’s management for their attention and, if appropriate corrective action. Regardless of corrective action required, Pussyfoot may terminate its relationship with any supplier who does not comply with the Ethical Sourcing Policy, without liability to the supplier for damages resulting from termination. Suppliers must as a minimum, abide by all laws in their country and local jurisdiction, together with the labour standards set out in this Policy. Pussyfoot reserves the right to apply additional standards on a case-by-case basis. Please confirm your company’s compliance with Pussyfoot Socks Pty Ltd’s terms and conditions set out in this ethical sourcing policy, by signing where indicated. In the event that you are unable to comply with this policy, please provide us with areas of non-compliance. SIGNED by: -------------------------------------------------- (name of the company) --------------------------------------------- (Name of the authorized representative) --------------------------------------------- (Position in the company) --------------------------------------------- (Date) --------------------------------------------- In the presence of: --------------------------------------------- (name of Pussyfoot representative)

PUSSYFOOT SOCKS PTY LTD ------------------------------------------- (Position in the company) ..................................................... Signature of Company Representative By executing this agreement the signatory warrants that the signatory is duly authorized to execute this agreement on behalf of: PUSSYFOOT SOCKS PTY LTD .............................................. Date WITNESS by: --------------------------------------------- (name of the person) --------------------------------------------- (Signature of the person) Date: ---------------------------------------