Trekmates Ethical Trading Policy

Ethical Trading

Supplier Ethical Trading Policy Summary, October 2010

For many years Trekmates® has worked to ensure that our suppliers, employees and anyone producing our products, are provided with good working conditions. This is reflected in our mission statement...

Trekmates® design, manufacture and market a range of outdoor accessories and clothing that is functional, high quality and represents excellent value for money. We strive for excellence in everything we do and treat our customers, suppliers and employees as we would like to be treated’

Because our suppliers often have their own complex supply chains, it would be impossible for us to monitor or control the working conditions of each individual who contributes to what ultimately becomes a Trekmates® product. However, we are determined to do everything we can to bring fair sourcing principles to all stages of our supply chain

Part of becoming a supplier to Trekmates® includes agreement to adhere to our Factory Code of Conduct. We enforce these principles firmly among our contracted suppliers and expect them to apply the same principles within their supply chain and take responsibility for the implementation of these standards.

Workforce rights

The people working for our suppliers are to be treated with respect, their health, safety and basic human rights must be protected and promoted. Each supplier must comply with all relevant local and national laws and regulations, particularly with regard to:

         - Minimum age of employment.

         - Freely chosen employment

         - Health and Safety

         - Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

         - No discrimination

         - Discipline

         - Working hours

         - Rates of pay

         - Terms of employment

Moreover, whatever the local regulations, workers should normally be at least 15 years old, and be free to join lawful trades unions or workers’ associations. 

We understand that when people are treated with respect, work in decent conditions and earn fair rates of pay, both they and their companies benefit from increased commitment and productivity. Ultimately, our customers benefit too, from better quality, better value products and peace of mind.