Our Corporate Social Responsibility

Summary

Rodd & Gunn is committed to manufacturing products in conditions that are humane, safe and fair. Our ethical policy defines the kind of working conditions we require our suppliers and supply chain to uphold. The conditions in our Code of Conduct are aligned with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code and the International Labor Organization's (ILO) Four Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

In addition to these principles and rights, Rodd & Gunn has implemented a range of supporting policies to assist with the prevention and management of unacceptable working conditions.

 

Freedom of employment

There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labor. Workers are not required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice. If forced labour is found to exist, Rodd & Gunn expect manufacturers to participate in programs that provide adequate guidance for effective remediation.

 

Freedom of association

All employees shall have the right of association, union membership, collective bargaining as well as adequate workers’ representation. Where the rights to either are restricted under local law, the appropriate channels to ensure reasonable and independent exercise of such rights must be designed and readily accessible.

 

Safe & hygienic working conditions

A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health occurring in the course of work, by minimizing the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.

 

No child labour

No workers to be employed that are under the age stipulated by the local / regional legal limit requirement for work. If child labour is found to exist, Rodd & Gunn expects manufacturers to participate in programs that provide adequate guidance for effective remediation.

 

Fair wages

Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.

All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages.

 

Working hours not excessive

Rodd & Gunn prohibits the use of excessive overtime. Suppliers must comply with applicable laws and regulations in regards to working hours and must operate in a manner that promotes humane and productive hours of work and working conditions. 

 

No discrimination

There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation access to training, promotion, termination or retirement base on race, caste, national, origin, religion, age, disability, gender, martial status, sexual, orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

 

Gender equality

Rodd & Gunn has implemented a specialised policy on Gender Equality to assist with preventing and addressing discrimination faced by women in the apparel industry. 

 

No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Treat all employees with respect and dignity. Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation are prohibited.

 

Environment and waste management

Suppliers must comply with applicable environmental laws, must maintain a written environmental policy, and must implement a system to minimize or eliminate negative impacts of its practices on the environment.

We are proud to be supporting Red Cross in Australia and New Zealand through an ongoing Take Back Program where we donate new and pre-loved clothing and accessories to sell in their op-shops. As an Apparel Retailer we have a responsibility to promote and contribute towards a closed-loop economy and to help reduce the impact it can have on the environment. The proceeds from this product will go towards supporting the everyday work of Red Cross in Australia and New Zealand.
To find out more about Red Cross Shops please visit:
Australia: www.redcross.org.au/shops
New Zealand: www.redcross.org.nz/shop-with-us/red-cross-shops

Industry collaboration & certification

Rodd & Gunn support engagements with industry collaborations & certifications by actively sourcing from reputable mills and suppliers showing their commitment for global change. Examples of collaborations and certification we encourage are BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), WRAP (World Responsible Accredited Production), The ACCORD on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh,

 

WoolmarkTM Licensee

Rodd & Gunn is a licensee of The Woolmark logo - one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.

The Woolmark logo is a certification trademark and products that carry it must be tested at independent Authorised Laboratories and approved by The Woolmark Company. The brands provide consumers with guaranteed fibre content and an assurance of quality.

 

No Uzbek cotton

Rodd & Gunn requires all suppliers to commit to not using cotton from Uzbekistan due to allegations of the systemic use of child and forced labour in the cultivation and harvesting of cotton in the region. 

 

Animal welfare

Rodd & Gunn considers it unacceptable to harm animals in the manufacture of our products. Down & feather must not be removed from live animals (including live plucking and molt harvesting) at any stage in the supply chain. Down & feather must not be from animals that are force fed during their live for any reason including the production of foie gras.

 

Sub-contracting

Rodd & Gunn discourages suppliers’ use of sub-contracting to limit the potential exploitation in distant or removed parts of the supply chain.

Any sub-contracted facilities used for Rodd & Gunn production, as well as input suppliers & raw material suppliers, must adhere to the same ethical standards as outlined in our Code of Conduct & Policies.

 

Transparency & enforcement

Suppliers shall carry out their activities in an honest, ethical and transparent way. Suppliers must disclose all manufacturing sources and not refuse any form of inspection from either Rodd & Gunn or a 3rd party auditor. Regular independent onsite inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct.

 

Covid-19 Response

As RODD & GUNN navigates the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and wellbeing of our team members and their families along with the workers in our supply chain remains our top priority. We fully recognise the devastating impact this crisis can have on the many people who make up the global supply chains. In line with our history of strong supplier relationships, we are committed to working closely with our suppliers as we move to recover and rebuild.

As a result, we have taken the following actions:

  • We are taking full responsibility and paying in full for all finished goods and goods in production. This also includes any raw materials and trims already purchased by suppliers for future productions. We will ensure these materials can be used for future production so that suppliers, factories and mills are not left out of pocket. 

  • We have not cancelled any purchase orders, nor have we asked for any discounts and in no cases have force majeure clauses been enforced. Whilst we manage our stock flow and consumer demand in some circumstances, we have delayed some shipments with a full commitment to deliver these goods in the next 6-12 months and only where suppliers are in a position to do so.

  • We have engaged with our suppliers individually to understand how their organisation has been impacted by the pandemic and how we can best support their internal response to help reduce infection and provide a safe workplace for all workers. These protective measures include; social distancing guidelines, additional PPE, hygiene stations, increased cleanliness of commonly used areas and equipment.

  • Rodd & Gunn implemented in 2019 a comprehensive Worker Grievance Notice which is displayed in all our garment facilities and translated to the local language. This gives workers direct and secure access to the Rodd & Gunn Ethical Sourcing team through 3 platforms email / QR code or WeChat account. The Worker Grievance Notice is an important tool now more than ever in providing our workers with a platform to voice any concerns they have.

  • We recognize that we cannot adequately address the social and environmental challenges of this pandemic alone. Therefore, we will continue to collaborate with other industry partners and honor existing licenses and apply best practice. We have applied a flexible approach to our wholesale partners and will provide support for when they are ready to recommence trade.

  • We have a robust Social Audit Program that remains in place and we are working closely with our global auditing partner SGS on what alterations we need to make to our protocols due to Covid-19. All suppliers are still required to adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct which is tailored specifically to our supply chain. The conditions in our supplier Code of Conduct are aligned to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code and International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Four Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

In the coming months we will share more information about what actions we are taking to ensure the longevity of not just our Brand but all those who contribute to its success and future endeavours.

 

Policies & reports

Click here to view RG Code of Conduct & Policies

Click here to view RG Responsible Purchasing Policy

Click here to view RG No Child or Forced Labour Policy

Click here to view RG Gender Equality Policy

Click here to view RG No Uzbek Cotton Policy

Click here to view RG Responsible Down Standard

Click here to view RG Social Audit 2016/2017 Summary

Click here to view RG Social Audit 2018 Summary

 

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