At SUNDAR, our goal is to aid in the promotion and development of faster and safer ways for products to be made by a highly skilled workforce. We plan to accomplish this through driving transparent process in the supply chain, active engagement with stakeholders and a culture of continuous improvement. Our members seek the right combination of brand, fashion, price and quality, combined with responsible source efforts.
SUNDAR does not own any factories or suppliers; we work in close partnership with our on-the-ground global team who evaluate potential vendor partners and will work with counterparties that share our philosophy – audit firms, trade unions, NGO’s, industry groups, civil society groups, public and private sector firms.
We request that all our suppliers complete a sourcing questionnaire, which is generally completed with a member of the SUNDAR team in-person or telephonically, and that third-party certificates are shared. Our research on each individual vendor encompasses operational, financial, product and service criteria, and social and environmental compliance information and credentials.
Sundar vets and verifies each member of our platform.
In all of our markets, we look for quality products, innovation, and performance.
Fashion business is built on relationships. We work directly with our factories, visiting their facilities, and asking the right questions.
We build on the ground networks. Our regionally located and US teams speak directly to each supplier, asking them questions about their business and services.
We also verify this data using 3rd party sources such as US Customs, legal records, and industry trade organization studies.
In order for our suppliers and manufacturers to understand our standards and expectations, SUNDAR has established a Vendor Code of Conduct. We expect that each of our vendors act in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations when manufacturing products to be sold internationally and to Sundar’s members.
The Code reflects our own high standards around ethical sourcing, which embrace internationally recognized principles designed to protect the interests of the workers who manufacture products and materials used by our members. These principles have been informed by, and in many instances incorporate, human rights, labor rights and anti-corruption standards enunciated by the United Nations, the International Labor Organization and other respected international bodies.
VENDOR CODE OF CONDUCT
By signing up with Sundar, Sundar Suppliers agree to comply with the Sundar Vendor Code of Conduct. Facilities will comply with laws and regulations in all locations where they conduct business.
I. No Child Labor:
Every worker employed by the factory is at least 15 years of age (or 14 where the governing law allows such employment) and meets the applicable minimum legal age requirement. If the minimum legal age is higher under local law, the higher age applies.
II. No Forced Labor:
The factory does not use involuntary labor of any kind, including prison labor, debt bondage or forced labor by governments. Slavery and human trafficking are prohibited throughout the supply chain. We exercise due diligence to prevent human trafficking and migrant labor issues within our supply chain. We benchmark the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (SB657) to how we monitor our factories for all forms of forced labor, including human trafficking and slavery.
III. No Coercion or Harassment:
The factory does not engage in or permit physical acts to punish or coerce workers. The factory does not engage in or permit psychological coercion or any other form of non-physical abuse, including threats of violence, sexual harassment, screaming or other verbal abuse.
IV. No Discrimination:
The factory hires, employs, promotes, terminates, and provides access to training and retirement to workers without regard to race, color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity, marital status, indigenous status, social origin, disability, sexual orientation, membership in workers organizations including unions or political affiliation.
V. Freedom of Association:
Workers are free to choose whether or not to lawfully organize and join associations. If the freedom of association and/or the right to collective bargaining are restricted by law, workers shall be free to develop parallel means for independent and free association and collective bargaining. The factory does not threaten, penalize, restrict or interfere with workers lawful efforts to join associations of their choosing or to bargain collectively.
VI. Health & Safety:
The factory complies with all applicable laws regarding working conditions, including worker health and safety, sanitation, fire safety, risk protection, and electrical, mechanical and structural safety. Dormitory facilities also meet all applicable laws and regulations related to health and safety, including fire safety, sanitation, risk protection, and electrical, mechanical and structural safety.
Workers are paid at least the minimum legal wage or the local industry standard, whichever is greater. The factory pays overtime and any incentive (or piece) rates that meet all legal requirements or the local industry standard, whichever is greater. For each pay period, the factory provides workers an understandable wage statement which includes days worked, wage or piece rate earned per day, hours of overtime at each specified rate, bonuses, allowances, and legal or contractual deductions.
VIII. Working Hours:
The factory complies with all applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards on working hours. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, the maximum allowable working hours in any week shall be the lesser of a) what is permitted by national law or b) a regular work week of 48 hours plus overtime hours not in excess of 12 hours. Workers shall have at least one day off in seven.
IX. Environmental Protection:
Facilities must comply with all laws and regulations relating to environmental protection in the countries in which they operate. Facilities should have policies in place to ensure environmental impacts are minimized with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.