BIC Graphic Code of Conduct
1. Statement of Principles
BIC Graphic strives to make BIC Graphic a special place to work, with an atmosphere of mutual respect and professionalism. BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers all have a responsibility to uphold these principles by creating an atmosphere in which each employee knows that he/she is valued as an individual and treated with respect and professionalism. The BIC Graphic Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) enables us to conduct our business and to source production in a manner that is both profitable and socially responsible.
Implementation of this Code of Conduct enables BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers to continually improve performance on worker’s rights, labor standards, and other human rights issues integral to the production process.
Compliance with this Code of Conduct is mandatory for all BIC Graphic entities and for all BIC Graphic product Contract Manufacturers. BIC Graphic reserves the right to immediately terminate its business relationship and cancel all orders with any Contract Manufacturer who does not comply with this Code of Conduct.
2. Work Environment
BIC Graphic is committed to treating all its employees with dignity and respect and providing its employees with a safe, healthy, clean and well-lit work environment including appropriate and adequate facilities and protection from hazardous materials or conditions. BIC Graphic expects its Contract Manufacturers to maintain the same standards in their factories. All BIC Graphic entities and all BIC Graphic Contract Manufacturers must comply with all applicable local laws and regulations governing working conditions. If housing is provided by BIC Graphic or its Contract Manufacturers for employees, all housing must be maintained in a clean, safe fashion. BIC Graphic strictly forbids the use of cruel and unusual disciplinary practices in the workplace.
3. Engage in Fair and Ethical Employment Practices
a. Fair Wages and Reasonable Working Hours: BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers must fairly compensate their employees by providing wages and benefits and reasonable work hours in compliance with local standards and applicable laws of the countries in which BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers are doing business. BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers must compensate their employees at a rate equal to, or greater than, the prevailing local minimum wage, including piece rate workers. BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers must not require employees to work more hours than the limits on regular and overtime hours prescribed by applicable law. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers must not require employees to work more than 60 hours per week, inclusive of overtime. If applicable law does not provide for overtime pay, BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers will compensate their employees for overtime at a rate equal to or greater than the prevailing local minimum wage. In addition, except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees will be entitled to at least one rest day off in every seven-day period.
b. Child Labor: BIC Graphic will not accept the use of child labor in its operations under any circumstances and will not purchase product(s) from any Contract Manufacturer that uses child labor. In determining whether a laborer is a “child,” BIC Graphic will refer to the local legal minimum age for employment or the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture. However, the minimum age shall never be younger than 14 years of age. Although BIC Graphic strictly prohibits the use of child labor, BIC Graphic supports the development of legitimate workplace apprenticeship programs for the educational benefit of younger people.
c. Forced or Compulsory Labor: BIC Graphic will not accept forced or compulsory labor in its operations under any circumstances and will not purchase product(s) from any Contract Manufacturer that utilizes forced or compulsory labor. Every employee must be a voluntary worker. Forced prison labor, or work against the will of an employee, including work required as a means of political coercion or punishment for expression of political views is strictly forbidden. No employee shall be subject to corporal punishment, threats of violence, or other forms of psychological or physical harassment, abuse or coercion.
d. Discrimination: BIC Graphic employs workers based on ability to perform a job task, not on the basis of personal characteristics, beliefs or any form of discrimination and expects its Contract Manufacturers to employ workers on the same basis. BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers shall comply with all local anti-discrimination laws and regulations.
e. Freedom of Association: BIC Graphic respects the rights of employees to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a lawful and peaceful manner, without penalty or interference, and expects its Contract Manufacturers to respect the same rights.
f. Legal Compliance: BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers shall comply with the legal requirements and standards of their industry and the laws of the countries in which BIC and/or its Contract Manufacturers are doing business. BIC Graphic and its Contract Manufacturers shall comply with all applicable export and import requirements. Necessary invoices and required documentation must be provided in compliance with applicable law. All merchandise shall be accurately and clearly marked with its country of origin in compliance with applicable law.
4. Animal Testing
BIC Graphic is committed to providing consumers with the highest quality products, which comply with all applicable product safety standards. Our goal is to ensure that our products are of the highest quality through the use of non-animal testing alternatives. BIC Graphic has declared a worldwide moratorium on all animal testing. If a BIC Graphic Contract Manufacturer believes that alternative testing cannot provide sufficient assurance that a new product is safe for consumer use, they should advise BIC Graphic in writing.
5. Environment, Health and Safety
BIC Graphic has maintained a long standing commitment to protect the environment and safeguard the health and welfare of its employees, neighbors and consumers. BIC Graphic recognizes that nearly every aspect of a manufacturing business has a potential to impact the environment, human health or safety. It is BIC Graphic’s responsibility to minimize those impacts and develop solutions that protect people and the environment and allow BIC Graphic to maintain the product quality and value that consumers demand. BIC Graphic’s approach is to collaborate with its employees, suppliers, customers and consumers to identify, assess and minimize the environmental, health and safety impacts resulting from BIC Graphic’s manufacturing operations and the manufacturing operations of BIC Graphic’s Contract Manufacturers.
6. Monitor Compliance
BIC Graphic conducts regular assessments of its facilities and the facilities of its Contract Manufacturers to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct. All BIC Graphic Contract Manufacturers will authorize BIC Graphic’s independent third party monitor to inspect their facilities to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct.
Contract Manufacturers will take appropriate steps to ensure that the provisions of this Code of Conduct are communicated to their employees, including the prominent posting of a copy of this Code of Conduct, in the local language and in a place readily accessible to their employees, at all times.
8. Contract Manufacturer Certification
The BIC Graphic Code of Conduct clearly states BIC Graphic’s commitment to legal, ethical and appropriate working conditions worldwide. The undersigned authorized representative of the below-named Contract Manufacturer has read the standards described in the BIC Graphic Code of Conduct and understands that a continuing business relationship with BIC Graphic is dependent upon the Contract Manufacturer’s adherence to the standards set forth therein. Any failure to follow these standards may result in the cancellation by BIC Graphic of outstanding purchase orders, refusal by BIC Graphic to accept delivery of merchandise from the Contract Manufacturer and the termination by BIC Graphic of its business relationship with the Contract Manufacturer.
BIC Graphic employees are instructed on its policy with respect to human trafficking and slavery as well as the BIC Graphic Code of Conduct.