Akieistro® takes seriously the federal and international efforts to end all kinds of forced labor – whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, human trafficking or otherwise. We have progressively raised expectations of our factory partners through evolving standards of our Code of Conduct – a straightforward statement of values, intentions and expectations meant to guide decisions in factories. Our Code of Conduct, includes strict guidance around child labor, excessive overtime, compensation, forced labor, and freedom of association.
Akieistro® is required by the The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act to disclose efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from direct supply chains.
SUPPLY CHAIN VERIFICATION
For years, Akieistro® has been sourcing from factories that seek to meet the company’s minimum standards for good labor performance. Akieistro®’s policy is to evaluate potential contracted factories before they enter the supply chain, and throughout their business relationship with Akieistro®, to assess compliance with high standards of social and environmental performance, including country-related risk for issues including forced labor, human trafficking and slavery. Akieistro® uses both internal and external third-party audits.
DIRECT SUPPLIERS’ CERTIFICATION OF MATERIALS
Akieistro® requires its finished goods suppliers to verify they are sourcing materials from vendors that are compliant with Akieistro®’s Restricted Substances List (RSL) and with the principles and guidelines outlined in Akieistro®’s Code of Conduct. Akieistro® is also working towards mapping and understanding impacts further up the supply chain, to develop standards for upstream suppliers of contracted manufacturers. Akieistro®’s Supply Agreements also explicitly require Suppliers to comply with all local and country-specific labor laws.
STANDARDS FOR COMPLIANCE
Akieistro® uses third-party auditors to verify contracted factories are compliance with laws. If a contracted factory is found to violate laws or Akieistro® standards, it is responsible for improving performance against a master action plan. If the factory fails to make progress against that plan, they are subject to review and sanctions, including potential termination.
Akieistro® believes contract factories that successfully address the well-being of their workers, by engaging with them directly to understand their needs, will improve factory performance. To help employees and management who have direct responsibility for supply chain management, Akieistro® provides training to enhance managerial capability and to educate on the importance and value of workers.