The At Home Group Inc., and its affiliates, including At Home Stores LLC (“At Home”) Ethical Sourcing Policy (the “Policy”) outlines the minimum compliance standards for all At Home suppliers, including suppliers’ representatives, subsidiaries, employees, sub-contractors, temporary workers, contracted workers and home workers (“Suppliers”). In addition to the Policy, Suppliers are also required to comply with all national and local laws and the UN Guiding Principles. In geographies where local law and regulation differs from that outlined herein, Suppliers will comply with whichever provides the highest protection to its workers and the environment. We strongly encourage and expect our Suppliers to go beyond minimum standards.
EMPLOYMENT IS FREELY CHOSEN
There is no forced, bonded, trafficked, involuntary, or 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.
WORKING CONDITIONS ARE SAFE AND HYGIENIC
Suppliers will comply with occupational health and safety regulations or with international standards where domestic legislation is weak or poorly enforced. Suppliers shall ensure that there are systems in place to detect, assess, avoid and respond to potential threats to the health and safety of workers. A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment. Suppliers shall respect the workers’ right to exit the premises from imminent danger without seeking permission. Facilities will undergo environmental and safety risk assessments and must maintain all required documentation and permits regarding structural, electrical and fire safety.
Suppliers shall not use recruitment of child labor. Suppliers will establish, document, maintain, and effectively communicate to personnel and other interested parties policies and procedures for remediation of children found to be working in situations that are prohibited by ILO standards. Suppliers do not expose young workers under the age of 18 to situations in or outside of the workplace that are likely to jeopardise their health, safety or morals. This includes night work. Where child labor is found, Suppliers must commit to remediation of the issues to be in line with At Home’s Child Labor Remediation Policy.
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 with respect to wages before they enter into employment.
WORKING HOURS ARE NOT EXCESSIVE
Working hours must comply with national laws, industry standards and collective agreements; whichever provides the greater protection for workers. All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven-day period or, where allowed by national law, two days off in every 14-day period.
There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, birth, national or ethnic origin, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, social background, diseases, union membership, political affiliation or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. In particular, workers shall not be harassed or disciplined on any of the grounds listed above. Migrant, contract, part-time and home-workers will receive the same rights, benefits and opportunities for advancement as other workers performing similar activities.
REGULAR EMPLOYMENT IS PROVIDED
To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognized employment relationship established through national law and practice. Obligations to employees under labor or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labor-only contracting, sub- contracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.
FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION
Suppliers shall respect that workers have the right to lawfully associate or not associate with groups of their own choosing, as long as such groups are permitted by law. Suppliers should not unlawfully interfere with, obstruct or prevent legitimate and lawful worker associations and related activities.
NO HARSH OR INHUMANE TREATMENT IS ALLOWED
Every worker will be treated with dignity and respect. The supplier will not engage in or tolerate the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishment or discipline, sexual or other harassment, intimidation and verbal abuse. Such conduct shall give rise to disciplinary or other action in accordance with established procedures.
ETHICAL BUSINESS BEHAVIOR
Suppliers will not, without prejudice to the goals and expectations set out in this policy, be involved in any act of corruption, extortion or embezzlement, nor any form of bribery- including but not limited to – the promising, offering, giving or accepting of any improper monetary or other incentive. Suppliers will comply with all relevant local, national and international legal requirements.
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Suppliers will take the necessary measures to avoid environmental degradation to the expectations set out in this policy. Suppliers will, as appropriate to the size and complexity of the business, implement adequate measures to prevent or minimize adverse effects on the community, natural resources, biodiversity and the overall environment.
We expect our Suppliers to continue to improve their labor and human rights practices on an on-going basis.