Supply Chain Policy Statement
WTD Gloves makes the world’s most innovative Smartgloves and wearable technology, and we strive to do it responsibly. We are committed to achieving universal ethical trading standards throughout all parts of our supply chain. This includes a commitment to ensuring that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that business operations and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible and conducted ethically.
Accordingly, we require all suppliers to comply with our WTD Gloves Supplier Corporate Social Responsibility Code of Conduct (the “Corporate Social Responsibility Code”). The Corporate Social Responsibility Code seeks to promote safe and fair working conditions, and urges our suppliers to go beyond legal compliance to advance social responsibility. Our Corporate Social Responsibility Code draws upon principles articulated in the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and standards issued by organizations such as the International Labour Organization, Social Accountability International, and the Ethical Trading Initiative. Among other things, our Corporate Social Responsibility Code prohibits the use of underage labor, prohibits forced or prison labor, and mandates workplaces free of harassment or discrimination. Our suppliers are further required to comply with applicable laws and regulations in the rights of workers to form and join labor unions or workers organizations of their own choice.
WTD Gloves internal compliance team undergo on-the-job training on enforcement of our Corporate Social Responsibility Code, including ways to mitigate the risk of suppliers violating workplace laws. With an internal compliance team with deep knowledge of the requirements of our Corporate Social Responsibility Code, WTD Gloves does not currently need third parties to conduct verifications of product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery. As part of our verification process, we may conduct onsite visits, and our suppliers are otherwise contractually obligated to certify and warrant compliance with all laws, rules, and regulations of the countries in which they operate, which may include applicable laws on workplace conditions, slavery, and human trafficking.
Once engaged to work with us, suppliers must actively monitor their own practices to ensure continuous compliance, which includes formal designation of one or more representatives who are responsible for ensuring compliance with our Corporate Social Responsibility Code. WTD Gloves’s compliance team also conducts announced audits of suppliers to further ensure compliance, and we also reserve the right to subject suppliers to unannounced audits conducted by third parties. As part of our auditing process, we provide our suppliers with reports and if necessary, require corrective action to cure any compliance issues. Among other things, suppliers who do not resolve the issues to our satisfaction are subject to termination as a WTD Gloves supplier and appropriate legal action.
As part of our commitment to fair working conditions, WTD Gloves may update our Corporate Social Responsibility Code or other procedures as needed to ensure that our suppliers conduct business ethically and responsibly.
WTD Gloves shall take reasonable steps to ensure that slavery and human trafficking (as such phrase is defined in section 54(12), UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 which received Royal Assent on March 25th, 2016) is not taking place in any of its supply chains or in any part of its own business. WTD Gloves shall, at the Customer’s request, provide the Customer with a statement of such steps it has taken, together with such other information as the Customer may reasonably require in order to enable it to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement in accordance with section 54, UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.
WTD Gloves is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. We expect all of our suppliers to abide by the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits human rights abuses and unethical practices. We also require all suppliers to comply with applicable legal standards and requirements.
Mineral suppliers for conductive fabrics (Smart fabrics) are required to know the original source of the minerals, the supplier agrees to cooperate with WTD Gloves, including disclosing from whom the supplier purchased the minerals and urging others to disclose such information, so that the original source of minerals can be accurately determined and reported to comply with CFSI. The supplier shall comply with all laws regarding the sourcing of minerals, including, without limitation, the Rule and other laws prohibiting the sourcing of minerals from mines controlled by combatants. Without any further consideration, all mineral suppliers shall provide such further cooperation as WTD Gloves may reasonably require in order to meet any obligations it may have under conflict minerals laws, including, without limitation, under the Rule.