Code for manufacturers and suppliers
The Group and its entire value chain are obliged to do their work ethically and responsibly. To this end all employees and third-parties working for the group are explicitly bound by the social and environmental responsibility values that define Inditex.
In this regard, the Code of Conduct and Responsible Practices sets out the operating criteria that must guide the Group in the performance of its professional responsibilities, and the Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and Suppliers is the bedrock on which Inditex's activity and its relations with all suppliers is based, setting out standards of mandatory compliance in issues of labour rights, health and safety of products and environmental aspects.
The Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and Suppliers was launched in February 2001 following approval from the Board of Directors. As its conceptual framework, it sets out the principles of the OECD, the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, the principles of the UN Global Compact and, among others, the following conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO): 1, 14, 26, 29, 79,87,98,100,105, 111, 131, 135, 138, 142, 155, 164 and 182.
The Code is of mandatory application for all manufacturers and suppliers of Inditex. It is designed as a dynamic document, constantly under review for the purpose of incorporating best practices and reinforcing its validity. The latest update was approved by the Board of Directors in 2012, for the purpose of strengthening traceability of the supply chain, the environmental clauses and the mechanism for channelling complaints.
The Code sets out the following aspects:
• No forced labour
• No child labour
• No discrimination
• Respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining
• No harsh or inhumane treatment
• Workplace health and hygiene
• The right to remuneration
• Reasonable working hours
• Documented employment
• Production traceability
• Product health and safety
• Environmental pledge
• Information confidentiality
• Code implementation
• Ethics Committee
Initiatives to reinforce the introduction of the Code
Inditex has CSR teams that work with its suppliers all over the world. This close and stable relationship between Inditex's CSR experts and the company's supply base, as well as other key stakeholders such as local unions and authorities enables Inditex to identify and remediate any breaches of the Code of Conduct and also to introduce programmes to reinforce implementation of the Code.