The following Code of Conduct establishes American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.'s ("American Eagle's") policy of working with only those vendors and contractors who share our commitment to ethical and responsible business principles including protection for the rights of individuals, promotion of equal opportunity and respect for the environment. This Code of Conduct must be communicated to all workers and posted prominently in the workplace in their language.
American Eagle vendors and contractors are prohibited from using child labor as defined by local laws and regulations. Irrespective of local law, our vendors will not use workers younger than the age of 15 or the compulsory age to be in school.
Forced or Involuntary Labor
American Eagle vendors are prohibited from using forced or involuntary labor, including prisoners, bonded or indentured workers. We will not purchase or utilize products from businesses utilizing forced or involuntary labor.
Disciplinary Actions and Harassment
Vendors and contractors must treat employees in a fair manner with dignity and respect. Our vendors will not tolerate or use corporal punishment, threats of violence, or other forms of physical, psychological or sexual harassment or abuse.
American Eagle respects cultural differences. Accordingly, our contractors and vendors are not permitted to discriminate in hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender or political opinion.
Freedom of Association
Vendors and contractors must respect the rights of employees to associate freely, join organizations of their choice and bargain collectively without unlawful interference.
Health and Safety
Contractors and vendors must provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment that complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Employees must have access to potable water and sanitary facilities, and all workplaces must have adequate fire safety, lighting and ventilation facilities. Residential facilities, if provided to workers, must also meet these requirements.
Contractors and vendors must comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
Inspection and Compliance
Contractors and vendors authorize American Eagle and its authorized agents to engage in inspection activities to ensure compliance with this Code of Conduct. Such inspection activities may be unannounced or without prior notice, and may consist of reviews of applicable books and records as well as private interviews with workers. Contractors and vendors must maintain on-site all documents and records required to confirm compliance with this Code of Conduct. Inspections may take place at the workplace environment, including the manufacturing facility, as well as employer provided housing and related facilities.
Contractors and vendors shall comply with all applicable compensation laws and regulations including those relating to wages, overtime, hours, piece rates and benefits. Overtime shall be paid at the rate not less than that required by local law. Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall not be required to work more than 60 hours per week, including overtime, and shall be entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.
Contractors and vendors shall provide workers with all benefits required by law or regulation including, if required, meals, transportation, health care, child care and leave for medical, family or religious reasons. As required by law or regulation, contactors and vendors shall make contributions towards workers social security and insurance programs.
Contractors and vendors must comply with all laws and regulations applicable to apparel and related industries including local and national codes, treaties and industry standards relating to employment, health, safety and the environment.
Contractors and vendors must also comply with applicable United States laws and regulations relating to imported products including country of origin marking requirements, labeling requirements, and product and fabric testing requirements.