RAWLINGS SPORTING GOODS COMPANY, INC. SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “Rawlings”) are committed to conducting business activities with the highest standards of business ethics and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. This Supplier Code of Conduct applies to all parties and their subsidiaries, affiliates and subcontractors (collectively, “Suppliers”) providing goods or services to Rawlings, whether organized, operating, or existing under United States law or the law of any other country, state, political union, municipality, administrative district, or other governmental authority. This Code establishes the standard of conduct Rawlings expects from our Suppliers in a number of areas, including human rights, labor requirements, health and safety, environmental compliance and management practices. Suppliers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
Rawlings will assess supplier compliance against our Code. Violations of our Code may result in corrective action, including termination of the business relationship with Rawlings. Rawlings reserves the right to inspect and/or authorize a third party to inspect and audit, at any time, whether or not notice is provided in advance, all Suppliers and any location where a good is designed, manufactured, assembled, handled or located (“Factories”). Suppliers shall also permit Rawlings’ customers to inspect and audit its Factories to the extent reasonably required or requested by such customer as a condition of it doing business with Rawlings. All such documentation must be accurate, free from any attempt to falsify or mislead and made available promptly upon request to any person of Rawlings conducting an audit.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS: Rawlings expect our Suppliers to operate workplaces where the following standards and practices are implemented:
All legal requirements relating to wages and benefits must be met. Employers shall pay at least the minimum wage required by law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher. Employees must be compensated for overtime hours at a rate which is higher than regular wages and at the rate legally required in that country. Workers have a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet their basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, each employer shall work to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does.
Employees must not be required, except in extraordinary circumstances, to work more than sixty (60) hours per week including overtime or the local legal requirement, whichever is less. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. All overtime work must be consensual and not requested on a regular basis. Overtime work compensation shall be paid at a premium rate. Employees must be allowed at least twenty-four (24) consecutive hours rest within every seven-day period, and must receive paid annual leave. Suppliers shall permit its employees to take all breaks required by applicable law and, in any event, reasonable breaks, lunch periods and bathroom breaks.
Suppliers shall not discriminate against their employees or prospective employees in hiring practices, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, social or marital status, maternity, or membership in worker’s organizations, such as unions, or any other similar factors.
Harassment & Disciplinary Practices
Suppliers shall not engage in the use or threat of corporal punishment, the use or threat of any type of abuse or harassment, including mental, physical (including sexual) or verbal, against its employees or the use or threat of any other form of intimidation.
Suppliers shall treat all its employees with respect and dignity. All major disciplinary measures taken against employees shall be documented by employers.
No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher.
There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor. No employees shall be forced to remain employed other than on a voluntary basis.
Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining
Suppliers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Health & Safety
Suppliers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of suppliers’ facilities.
Suppliers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment and comply with all applicable environmental protection laws.
Anti-Bribery and Anti- Corruption
Suppliers must comply with all anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws worldwide, and conduct business with integrity. Suppliers must never accept or provide anything of value, either directly or indirectly, in order to obtain an improper advantage or to obtain or retain business. Suppliers must have adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery in all commercial dealings undertaken.
Trade & Customs Compliance
Suppliers must comply with all applicable laws and regulations related to the exportation and importation of products. In order to protect the integrity of cargo being shipped, Suppliers must strive to comply with supply chain security processes and procedures consistent with U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) and other relevant programs such as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO).
Conflicts of Interest
Suppliers must avoid conflicts of interest situations. Rawlings defines a conflict of interest as being involved in a relationship or activity that affects, or has the appearance of affecting, your objectivity in making business decisions in the best interest of the company. Suppliers must disclose to Rawlings any conflicts of interest situations that the Supplier is aware of.
Factories agree to perform all final manufacturing and assembly operations to produce products, and that they will not subcontract the complete or substantially all of the manufacturing or assembly of the products unless Supplier obtains prior written approval from Rawlings. Suppliers are responsible for notifying Rawlings of any plans for change of manufacturing locations. The subcontracting of any work if permitted by Rawlings, shall not relieve Suppliers from obligations hereunder, including, but not limited to, the obligation to require the companies providing goods and services to Suppliers to comply with this Supplier Code of Conduct.
Supplier shall implement procedures to assure that no products or materials supplied to Rawlings contain conflict minerals [Coltan (tantalum), Cassiterite (tin), Wolframite (tungsten), Gold or their derivatives] that directly or indirectly finance armed groups through mining or mineral trading in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country. Upon Rawlings’ request, Supplier will fully cooperate in responding to any country of origin inquiries regarding conflict minerals (including requesting information from its own suppliers); provide requested documentation; and/or certify its compliance with this provision by providing a sworn declaration of one of its officers, directors, or managing agents.