Social Responsibility

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We believe that social responsibility is found in the way in which our gear is manufactured and by actively supporting causes that are committed to improving the planet and empower people to Think Outside.

Our social responsibility policy, the Exxel Outdoors Code of Conduct, has guided us since 1995 to ensure the most ethical practices, improvement of working conditions, and protection of the rights of people in factories around the world where our equipment and apparel is made. Being socially responsible is a huge priority—whether we’re partnering with vendors or providing peace of mind to stakeholders (our employees, customers and the general public).

A HISTORY OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

A HISTORY OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 

We are proud of our well-established Social Responsibility Program, having instituted our Code of Conduct in 1995, with continuous monitoring efforts for over two decades. We expect dignity and ethical treatment of all factory employees who produce our products. The cornerstone of our program’s effectiveness is based on fair but strict enforcement, understanding unique factory operations, and working successfully with supplier management to facilitate process improvements which affect our workers' quality of life.

HERE'S HOW WE'RE WORKING TO BE AS MINDFUL OF WORKERS AND PRACTICES AS WE CAN

HERE'S HOW WE'RE WORKING TO BE AS MINDFUL OF WORKERS AND PRACTICES AS WE CAN 

  • Rights
  • Monitoring
  • Improvement

Human Rights Expectations

Criteria forming the basis of our Code of Conduct include:

  • Expect and maintain high Ethical Standards
  • Operate under legal Working Hour requirements
  • Provide all legal Wages and Benefits
  • Employ no Child Labor with age documentation of all workers
  • Practice Environmental Safekeeping
  • Assure Health and Safety for both factory complex and dormitories
  • Abide by Legal Requirements of Country law
  • Employ no Prison or Forced Labor
  • Engage in Non-Discriminatory Policies
  • Maintain acceptable forms of Disciplinary Practices
  • Allow legal rights to Freedom of Association

Rigorous Monitoring

Sierra Designs employs both an internal staff of compliance auditors and contracts independent monitors such as Bureau Veritas (BV), International Compliance Group (ICG), and UL Responsible Sourcing to conduct rigorous social compliance audits. The scope of the audits requires factories to provide detailed records including employment information, payroll and time data, and worker benefits to validate compliance. Monitoring is done on a routine and continuous basis.

Sierra Designs membership utilizes the collaborative resources of Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), a valuable database tool for tracking and analysis of compliance efforts. Together with other textile industry leaders as members, the FFC is dedicated to improving workplace conditions internationally.

Continuous Improvement

Following factory audits, any violation, no matter the severity, is documented on a Corrective Action Plan. The factory must commit to a plan of action and time-frame for correction. Follow-up monitoring is done to verify improvements are implemented and sustained. Plus, our internal audit team will counsel and train factories, advising on solutions to pending issues. Our view in developing safe and humane work environments is not merely to audit and monitor –but to train and educate for continuous improvement. This creates a long term successful relationship.

Sierra Designs accepts factories that are certified through Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). We have found this organization’s monitoring criteria to be aligned with our goals, and factories completing WRAP certification have well-implemented human rights practices. Certified factories must undergo periodic audits by independent monitors to maintain their WRAP status.


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WE SUPPORT THESE GROUPS

In addition to Reach Out, our initiative designed to increase accessibility and participation by partnering with organizations that uniquely foster long-term relationships with the outdoors, Sierra Designs is committed to working with a number of non-profits that follow that mission along with others including sustainability and conservation. We want to ensure that the places we love to explore will continue to be available for generations to come and to people no matter their income, background or experience.