Many international retailers have strict codes of conduct which they use to ensure consistent quality and responsible sourcing practices from their production facilities. Although vendor codes of conduct vary, some key elements often include:

  • No child labour
  • No forced labour
  • No discrimination
  • Payment of a minimum wage
  • Regulated and reasonable working hours
  • Freedom of association
  • Humane treatment and disciplinary practices
  • Adequate health and safety measures

Gap Inc.’s vendor code of conduct is a good example of a responsible sourcing strategy. Factories in Myanmar which supply for Gap are expected to follow these guidelines. We offer a link to it here as an example:

Gap’s Code of Vendor Conduct (Gap Inc. corporate website link)