Just as a consumer has choices, at Flux Fashion, we take our business choices seriously, including in the way we obtain the products we sell. We strive to have a positive impact not only within our stores and corporate family, but also upon hundreds of vendor manufacturing facilities throughout the world which make our products, as well as on their employees.
We see these choices as part of a work in progress. Sustainability efforts can be challenging and difficult, often hampered by limitations in technology, but we are trying to take the steps in the right direction.
We care for our employees and for the employees of hundreds of vendor manufacturing facilities that we work with throughout the world. We want all of these employees to work in safe and healthy environments.
Flux Fashion shares the same goals of eliminating child and adult forced labor, and we are fully aligned with the spirit and purpose of Responsible Sourcing Network’s cotton pledge.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility program includes the Flux Fashion Vendor Audit Program. While many of our vendors have worked with Flux Fashion for a number of years and are trusted, all suppliers and vendors must provide factory contact information and all factories must participate in the audit program.
Here are Some Important Elements of our Program:
- Flux Fashion enters into a comprehensive agreement with each of our vendors and their factories under which they promise to utilize legally qualified workers, pay them wages which are fair and legal in their jurisdiction, and provide an environment that complies with their legal requirements. Our agreement also covers issues of time off, free association rights, nondiscrimination, environmental protection and security, and prohibits the use of forced or slave labor, child labor, or prison labor.
- These Vendor Compliance Standards were developed to comply with industry standards, local labor laws, the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions.
- We have a highly trained Vendor Compliance Team, which promotes and enforces lawful and ethical operations at our third-party factory sites. The Team accomplishes this enforcement by conducting inspections of our active non-US Vendor manufacturing facilities on a random basis to ensure The Vendor Compliance Standards are understood, respected and followed. We also visit most Vendor factories before we hire a Vendor to ensure their facility and operations meet with our standards.
- After each factory visit, the Vendor Compliance Team provides a written evaluation of the factory, including any action items which may need correction prior to the next visit. We also do our best to provide ongoing information, advice, and support on fair labor, health and safety, and related issues.
- Our goal is to work with the Vendors and their factories to help them improve and ensure consistent compliance. However, in the event that we discover very serious violations or violations which are not corrected within a reasonable time period after our corrective action plan has been issued; we may terminate that factory from our roster.
We believe this process assists in guarding against potential unsafe conditions, workplace injuries or mistreatment, and also results in an overall improvement in our Vendors’ factory efficiency and product quality standards.
Since 2011, Flux Fashion has developed a Vendor Agreement, requiring that our Vendors’ manufacturing facilities with which we do business adhere to safety and human rights standards.
Flux Fashion does not manufacture any of its own merchandise. Flux Fashion instead purchases goods from vendors who are required to follow our policies and procedures which expressly prohibit the use of child or slave labor to manufacture the clothing and accessories we sell.
We have a rigorous vetting process when we first start business with new vendors, and this includes visits to, and review of, the factories and the workforce. We also require all of our vendors to sign Vendor Agreement Relating to Compliance with Labor and Employment Laws (VARCLEL) contracts where they confirm in writing that they will act in full compliance with the local laws. Before we do any business with them, they are required to promise, among other things, that they will expressly:
- Not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, sex, marital status, religion, age, disability, medical condition, veteran status and sexual orientation in any employment action relating to their workforce,
- Not employ or utilize underage, prison or child labor,
- Comply with all local wage and work hour laws – including paying at least the minimum wage, paying for overtime, etc.,
- Provide a safe workplace and work environment,
- Provide a clean and habitable workspace,
- Maintain adequate insurance (workers' compensation, disability, etc.), and
- Not subcontract any work to other facilities
We also conduct unannounced inspections of the Vendor factories where we monitor and enforce these policies. If the inspectors find a serious problem, like one with child labor, we consider this a “zero tolerance” issue and we demand immediate corrective action. If the vendor cannot or will not comply, then we can terminate our relationship with them and we may get the local authorities involved. If we are notified of any violation by our suppliers, we investigate and resolve immediately.
CA Transparency in Supply Chains Act:
Flux Fashion is committed to conducting business in an ethical manner and we expect our suppliers to share this same commitment. To this end, Flux Fashion has a global ethical program in place to prevent abusive, exploitive or illegal conditions in the workplace and prevent human trafficking and slavery. All suppliers are required to participate in the program as a condition of doing business with our company.
- We regularly evaluate and address human trafficking and slavery risks in product supply chains through in-house inspectors who are tasked with investigating internal or third-party reports of this nature.
- We conduct audits of our suppliers through in-house and third-party inspectors who evaluate compliance with company standards for trafficking and slavery, using both announced and unannounced audits.
- In the United States, we work cooperatively with the Department of Labor on suppliers’ compliance with wage and hours laws.
- We require our direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into products they supply to Flux Fashion comply with laws and company standards regarding slavery and human trafficking.
- We maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees and contractors who fail to meet company standards regarding slavery and human trafficking.
- We provide training to specific employees and management on detecting and enforcing procedures against slavery and human trafficking.
We have also developed a specific charity email, where any organization or person can submit a request. The email is a direct line of communication and will allows us to be more accessible within the communities where stores reside. For more information please email us at email@example.com