Gap, Inc., Code of Vendor Conduct
This Code of Vendor Conduct applies to all factories that produce goods for Gap
Inc. or any of its subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates or agents ("Gap Inc.").
While Gap Inc. recognizes that there are different legal and cultural environments
in which factories operate throughout the world, this Code sets forth the basic
requirements that all factories must meet in order to do business with Gap Inc.
The Code also provides the foundation for Gap Inc.'s ongoing evaluation of a factory's
employment practices and environmental compliance.
As a condition of doing business with Gap Inc., each and every factory must
comply with this Code of Vendor Conduct. Gap Inc. will continue to develop monitoring
systems to assess and ensure compliance. If Gap Inc. determines that any factory
has violated this Code, Gap Inc. may either terminate its business relationship
or require the factory to implement a corrective action plan. If corrective
action is advised but not taken, Gap Inc. will suspend placement of future orders
and may terminate current production.
Factories that produce goods for Gap Inc. shall operate in full compliance with
the laws of their respective countries and with all other applicable laws, rules
A. The factory operates in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules and
regulations, including those relating to labor, worker health and safety, and
B. The factory allows Gap Inc. and/or any of its representatives or agents unrestricted
access to its facilities and to all relevant records at all times, whether or
not notice is provided in advance.
Factories must comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Where such requirements are less stringent than Gap Inc.'s own, factories are
encouraged to meet the standards outlined in Gap Inc.'s statement of environmental
A. The factory has an environmental management system or plan.
B. The factory has procedures for notifying local community authorities in case
of accidental discharge or release or any other environmental emergency.
Factories shall employ workers on the basis of their ability to do the job,
not on the basis of their personal characteristics or beliefs.
A. The factory employs workers without regard to race, color, gender, nationality,
religion, age, maternity or marital status.
B. The factory pays workers wages and provides benefits without regard to race,
color, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity or marital status.
Factories shall not use any prison, indentured or forced labor.
A. The factory does not use involuntary labor of any kind, including prison
labor, debt bondage or forced labor by governments.
B. If the factory recruits foreign contract workers, the factory pays agency
recruitment commissions and does not require any worker to remain in employment
for any period of time against his or her will.
Factories shall employ only workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age
requirement or are at least 14 years of age, whichever is greater. Factories
must also comply with all other applicable child labor laws. Factories are encouraged
to develop lawful workplace apprenticeship programs for the educational benefit
of their workers, provided that all participants meet both Gap Inc.'s minimum
age standard of 14 and the minimum legal age requirement.
A. Every worker employed by the factory is at least 14 years of age and meets
the applicable minimum legal age requirement.
B. The factory complies with all applicable child labor laws, including those
related to hiring, wages, hours worked, overtime and working conditions.
C. The factory encourages and allows eligible workers, especially younger workers,
to attend night classes and participate in work-study programs and other government-sponsored
D. The factory maintains official documentation for every worker that verifies
the worker's date of birth. In those countries where official documents are
not available to confirm exact date of birth, the factory confirms age using
an appropriate and reliable assessment method.
Wages & Hours
Factories shall set working hours, wages and overtime pay in compliance with
all applicable laws. Workers shall be paid at least the minimum legal wage or
a wage that meets local industry standards, whichever is greater. While it is
understood that overtime is often required in garment production, factories
shall carry out operations in ways that limit overtime to a level that ensures
humane and productive working conditions.
A. Workers are paid at least the minimum legal wage or the local industry standard,
whichever is greater.
B. The factory pays overtime and any incentive (or piece) rates that meet all
legal requirements or the local industry standard, whichever is greater. Hourly
wage rates for overtime must be higher than the rates for the regular work shift.
C. The factory does not require, on a regularly scheduled basis, a work week
in excess of 60 hours.
D. Workers may refuse overtime without any threat of penalty, punishment or
E. Workers have at least one day off in seven.
F. The factory provides paid annual leave and holidays as required by law or
which meet the local industry standard, whichever is greater.
G. For each pay period, the factory provides workers an understandable wage
statement which includes days worked, wage or piece rate earned per day, hours
of overtime at each specified rate, bonuses, allowances and legal or contractual
Factories must treat all workers with respect and dignity and provide them with
a safe and healthy environment. Factories shall comply with all applicable laws
and regulations regarding working conditions. Factories shall not use corporal
punishment or any other form of physical or psychological coercion. Factories
must be sufficiently lighted and ventilated, aisles accessible, machinery maintained,
and hazardous materials sensibly stored and disposed of. Factories providing
housing for workers must keep these facilities clean and safe.
A. The factory does not engage in or permit physical acts to punish or coerce
B. The factory does not engage in or permit psychological coercion or any other
form of non-physical abuse, including threats of violence, sexual harassment,
screaming or other verbal abuse.
C. The factory complies with all applicable laws regarding working conditions,
including worker health and safety, sanitation, fire safety, risk protection,
and electrical, mechanical and structural safety.
D. Work surface lighting in production areassuch as sewing, knitting,
pressing and cuttingis sufficient for the safe performance of production
E. The factory is well ventilated. There are windows, fans, air conditioners
or heaters in all work areas for adequate circulation, ventilation and temperature
F. There are sufficient, clearly marked exits allowing for the orderly evacuation
of workers in case of fire or other emergencies. Emergency exit routes are posted
and clearly marked in all sections of the factory.
G. Aisles, exits and stairwells are kept clear at all times of work in process,
finished garments, bolts of fabric, boxes and all other objects that could obstruct
the orderly evacuation of workers in case of fire or other emergencies. The
factory indicates with a "yellow box" or other markings that the areas in front
of exits, fire fighting equipment, control panels and potential fire sources
are to be kept clear.
H. Doors and other exits are kept accessible and unlocked during all working
hours for orderly evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies. All main
exit doors open to the outside.
I. Fire extinguishers are appropriate to the types of possible fires in the
various areas of the factory, are regularly maintained and charged, display
the date of their last inspection, and are mounted on walls and columns throughout
the factory so they are visible and accessible to workers in all areas.
J. Fire alarms are on each floor and emergency lights are placed above exits
and on stairwells.
K. Evacuation drills are conducted at least annually.
L. Machinery is equipped with operational safety devices and is inspected and
serviced on a regular basis.
M. Appropriate personal protective equipmentsuch as masks, gloves, goggles,
ear plugs and rubber bootsis made available at no cost to all workers
and instruction in its use is provided.
N. The factory provides potable water for all workers and allows reasonable
access to it throughout the working day.
O. The factory places at least one well-stocked first aid kit on every factory
floor and trains specific staff in basic first aid. The factory has procedures
for dealing with serious injuries that require medical treatment outside the
P. The factory maintains throughout working hours clean and sanitary toilet
areas and places no unreasonable restrictions on their use.
Q. The factory stores hazardous and combustible materials in secure and ventilated
areas and disposes of them in a safe and legal manner.
A. Dormitory facilities meet all applicable laws and regulations related to
health and safety, including fire safety, sanitation, risk protection, and electrical,
mechanical and structural safety.
B. Sleeping quarters are segregated by sex.
C. The living space per worker in the sleeping quarters meets both the minimum
legal requirement and the local industry standard.
D. Workers are provided their own individual mats or beds.
E. Dormitory facilities are well ventilated. There are windows to the outside
or fans and/or air conditioners and/or heaters in all sleeping areas for adequate
circulation, ventilation and temperature control.
F. Workers are provided their own storage space for their clothes and personal
G. There are at least two clearly marked exits on each floor, and emergency
lighting is installed in halls, stairwells and above each exit.
H. Halls and exits are kept clear of obstructions for safe and rapid evacuation
in case of fire or other emergencies.
I. Directions for evacuation in case of fire or other emergencies are posted
in all sleeping quarters.
J. Fire extinguishers are placed in or accessible to all sleeping quarters.
K. Hazardous and combustible materials used in the production process are not
stored in the dormitory or in buildings connected to sleeping quarters.
L. Fire drills are conducted at least every six months.
M. Sleeping quarters have adequate lighting.
N. Sufficient toilets and showers or mandis are segregated by sex and provided
in safe, sanitary, accessible and private areas.
O. Potable water or facilities to boil water are available to dormitory residents.
P. Dormitory residents are free to come and go during their off-hours under
reasonable limitations imposed for their safety and comfort.
Freedom of Association
Workers are free to join associations of their own choosing. Factories must
not interfere with workers who wish to lawfully and peacefully associate, organize
or bargain collectively. The decision whether or not to do so should be made
solely by the workers.
A. Workers are free to choose whether or not to lawfully organize and join associations.
B. The factory does not threaten, penalize, restrict or interfere with workers'
lawful efforts to join associations of their choosing.
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