At the Annual Shareholders meeting this past August, we shared our “Ethical Sourcing Policy” with those in attendance. Below is posted this policy that has been developed by the Board of Directors for The Community Store.
Ethical Sourcing Policy
The Community Store is committed to providing customers with affordable, quality goods that have been manufactured and shipped in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and industry standards.
In order to ensure this, The Community Store has put in place a process for working with its vendor/partners to ensure that their global suppliers are meeting the ethical sourcing standards as outlined and monitored by organizations such as the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (http://wrapcompliance.org.)
These standards include but are not limited to:
- Providing workers with a safe and healthy workplace.
- A zero-tolerance for exploitative or abusive workplace conditions once known.
- Compliance with all national and local laws and regulations.
- Providing workers with a fair wage, that is at least in line with the minimum wage required by local law and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
- Ensuring that workers have appropriate time off and that they are not required to work excessive overtime hours.
- Compensation for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
- Compliance with environmental rules, regulations and standards applicable to their operations.
All existing vendor/partners and future vendor/partners will be required annually to outline their global sourcing policies and procedures. If a vendor/partner is unwilling to do so, The Community Store will not purchase product through that source.
The Community Store recognizes that such a policy will not be relevant to all of its vendor/partners because of their size (ie. local artisans) and will waive the requirement in those cases.