Code of Conduct FAQ
Does Helly Hansen produce clothes in so called sweat shops, where workers are treated unfairly and in contrary with human rights?
HH does respect human rights within the company and with our business partners.
Does Helly Hansen take social criteria into consideration when choosing which factories to work with?
Helly Hansen does consider social criteria, in addition to other aspects.Companies/suppliers who meet our social criteria gain a competitive advantage, which will be taken into consideration during the selection process.
Does Helly Hansen support boycott of countries or factories that does not adhere to basic human rights?
Helly Hansen will not buy from countries where human rights concerns lead to a broad international consensus on boycott.
Helly Hansen, including all employees, will not accept the offer or acceptance of a bribe in any form, on any portion of a contract payment. It will not accept the use of other routes or channels that provide improper benefits to customers, agents, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, or employees of any such party or governmental officials.
The following standards apply to all HH suppliers and subcontractors utilised by their suppliers.
- 2.1. Compliance with National Laws and Regulations. As a general rule, all suppliers must comply with national laws and regulation in the countries where they are operating. Should any of the following requirements be in violation of the national law in any country or territory, the law should always be followed. In such a case, the supplier must always inform Helly Hansen immediately upon receiving the HH Code of Conduct.
- 2.2. No Forced, Bonded or Compulsory labour Following the ILO Core Conventions no. 29 and 105, Helly Hansen will not tolerate that slave, bonded or illegal workers or prisoners, are used in the production of goods for Helly Hansen. Terms of contract shall be fully communicated to and understood by workers and workers are free to leave the employer after reasonable notice.Workers shall not be required to lodge deposits, original identity papers or work permit with the employer or any other body on behalf of the employer. In the event that a recruitment agency is used by a supplier, all commissions and other fees in connection with the employment should be covered by the supplier.
Helly Hansen does not tolerate that slave, bonded or illegal workersor prisoners, are used in the production of goods for Helly Hansen.
Helly Hansen supports the rights for all workers to practice their right of organising in unions.Following the ILO Core Conventions no. 87 and 98, all workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing, and the right to bargain collectively. If these rights are limited by law, the employer shall facilitate, and under no circumstances hinder, parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining.Workers representatives must not be discriminated against and shall have access to carry out their representative functions.
Following the UN Convention of the Rights of Children and ILO Core Conventions no.138 and 182, Helly Hansen will not tolerate employment of children under the age of 15. Young workers (15-18 years of age) shall not be employed in work that puts their health or safety in danger.New recruitment of child labour that does not conform to the above-mentioned conventions will not be accepted. If such child labour is already in place, action will immediately be taken to phase out this employment.
Wages must, at the least, conform with the minimum wage prescribed by national law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher. Wages must always be enough to meet the basic needs of the employee, as determined by the country's social standards.Conditions in respect to wages shall be agreed upon before entering employment.Wages should be paid directly to the worker, regularly and on time.Pay slips or other information regarding wages should be presented in a manner that is easily understandable by the worker.Benefits must, at the least, conform with national law or the prevailing industry standard, whichever is higher. Workers shall be granted their annual leave and sick leave without any form of repercussions. In case of pregnancy, female workers should be given maternity leave according to the national legislation.
Yes we do.To ensure this code is effective, all suppliers shall communicate the standard to all its personnel and subcontractors, and implement the requirements as a day-to-day management process. Helly Hansen expects all its employees (when applicable within their working area), and all its suppliers to take responsibility for implementation and achievement of this Code of Conduct. Helly Hansen's Code of Conduct is attached to the wall in all factories producing clothes for Helly Hansen.Click here to read the HH Code of conduct
Representatives from HH frequently visit the factories and their subcontractors. Helly Hansen reserves the right that we, or representatives appointed by Helly Hansen will have free access to the production plant, with or without prior notification.