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Social Responsibility

LESS COTTON, MORE LA MACHINE

Long lasting business relationship with our production partners is of high importance to us. These are partners that share our aim of continuous reduction of our environmental footprint.

We try to deal with raw materials as economically as possible in all processes. No waste of cotton and paper are one of our highest priorities.

Furthermore, we aim to develop products that last a lifetime in your wardrobe, and on the care label of our products we recommend the most environmentally friendly way to look after your garment.

OUR FABRICS

In terms of materials, we mainly use natural fibres. We favour organic fabrics that care for your skin and for the environment. And since the planet is no laughing anymore, we have obtained the strictest environmental certifications and labels on the market for our entire production chain.

 

LABOUR STANDARDS

The basis of the collaboration between La Machine and suppliers is the Code of Labour . The core of this code is made up from eight labour standards derived from ILO Conventions and the UN’s Declaration on Human Rights. This means the  Code of Labour Practices is based on internationally recognised standards which have been set through tripartite negotiation all around the world.

EMPLOYMENT IS FREELY CHOSEN
There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour.

THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT
Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programmes, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps.

NO EXPLOITATION OF CHILD LABOUR
There shall be no use of child labour. The age for admission to employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, not less than 15 years. Children [in the age of 15-18] shall not perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals.

FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised. The company shall, in those situations in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining are restricted under law, facilitate parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining for all workers. Workers’ representatives shall not be the subject of discrimination and shall have access to all workplaces necessary to carry out their representation functions.

PAYMENT OF A LIVING WAGE
Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income. Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted. Deductions shall never constitute an amount that will lead the employee to receive less than the minimum wage. Employees shall be adequately and clearly informed about the specifications of their wages including wage rates and pay period.

REASONABLE HOURS OF WORK
Hours of work shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven-day period. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate.

SAFE AND HEALTHY WORKING CONDITIONS
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, and best occupational health and safety practice shall be promoted, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Appropriate attention shall be paid to occupational hazards specific to this branch of the industry and assure that a safe and hygienic work environment is provided for. Effective regulations shall be implemented to prevent accidents and minimise health risks as much as possible. Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer is strictly prohibited.

LEGALLY BINDING EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP
Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment. Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

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