Maurices Incorporated (“maurices”) strives to ensure that its products are produced ina socially responsible manner and to prevent complicity in abusive employmentpractices such as human trafficking and slavery.
To further these objectives, all our product vendors are bound by contract to abide byall applicable employment and human rights laws, as well as our Code of Conduct,which, among other things, emphasizes the importance of well-treated, fairlycompensated workers. In addition, we have a monitoring and compliance program("Monitoring Program"), which seeks to promote the maintenance of quality and safetystandards in our manufacturing facilities and compliance with our Code of Conduct.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of our programs, we have internally verifiedour supply chain to identify areas of potential risk and then focused our resources,including our Monitoring Program, on certain vendors/factories, some which may beconsidered "high risk" as a result of being in particular industries and/or countries oforigin. The majority of our current vendors/factories are required to participate inthe Monitoring Program, and we continue to expand the program as time goes on.
Our Monitoring Program includes the following elements, among others:
Vendor/Factory Certification Agreements
Vendors/factories must (1) acknowledge in writing their agreement to comply withmaurices Code of Conduct, and (2) provide written certification of their compliancewith the Code of Conduct and all applicable employment and human rights laws. Thiswritten documentation is required at the time we require them to enter theMonitoring Program, which for most new vendors/factories means prior to theplacement of any order with them. In addition, we require our direct suppliers tocertify that materials incorporated into the product comply with the laws prohibitingslavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doingbusiness.
Verification of Supply Chain and Audits of Suppliers
As indicated above, we verify the supply chain internally, not through a third party.Once a vendor/factory is part of our Monitoring Program, we require audits of productmanufacturing facilities to determine whether the facility is in compliance withapplicable laws and maurices standards. Audits may be conducted throughindependent third-party audits of vendor facilities, which can include unannouncedaudits.
Vendors/factories that are found to violate maurices Code of Conduct or otherapplicable laws and standards are held accountable for those violations throughcorrective action plans and other disciplinary measures, up to and includingtermination of the business relationship.
We provide internal training on our Monitoring Program, including our Code ofConduct and other company standards, to ensure the necessary participants in supplychain management are knowledgeable and aware of the issues and concernssurrounding the supply chain, including slavery and human trafficking, with aparticular focus on mitigating risk.