CODE OF CONDUCT FOR OUR MANUFACTURERS

At ABC ITALIA SURL selling through CarpetLiving.com , we are committed to:a

  • a standard of excellence in every aspect of our business and;
    · ethical and responsible conduct in all of our operations;
    · respect for the rights of all individuals; and
    · respect for the environment.

We expect these same commitments to be shared by all manufacturers of ABC merchandise.
At a minimum, we require that all manufacturers of ABC goods meet the following standards:

CHILD LABOUR

Manufacturers will not use child labour.
The term “child” refers to a person younger than 15 (or 14 where local law allows) or, if higher, the local legal
minimum age for employment or the age for completing compulsory education.
Manufacturers employing young person older than 15 years will also comply with any laws and regulations applicable
to such persons.

INVOLUNTARY LABOUR

Manufacturers will not use any forced or involuntary labour, whether prison, bonded, indentured or otherwise.

COERCION AND HARASSMENT

Manufacturers will treat each employee with dignity and respect, and will not use corporal punishment, threats of
violence or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Manufacturers will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement,
discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual
orientation, gender, political opinion or disability.

 

ASSOCIATION

Manufacturers will respect the rights of employees to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a lawful and
peaceful manner, without penalty or interference.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Manufacturers will provide employees with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with all applicable laws and
regulations, ensuring at a minimum reasonable access to potable water and sanitary facilities; fire safety; and adequate
lighting and ventilation.
Manufacturers will also ensure that the same standards of health and safety are applied in any housing that they provide
for employees.

COMPENSATION

We expect manufacturers to recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Manufacturers will,
at a minimum, comply with all applicable wage and hour laws and regulations, including those relating to minimum
wages, overtime, maximum hours, piece rates and other elements of compensation, and provide legally mandated
benefits. Except in extraordinary circumstances, manufacturers will not require employees to work more than the lesser
of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by local law or,
where local law does not limit the hours of work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime. In
addition, except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees will be entitled to at least one day off in every
seven-day period.
Manufacturers will compensate employees for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required or, if there is
no legally prescribed premium rate, at a rate at least equal to the regular hourly compensation rate. Where local industry
standards are higher than applicable legal requirements, we expect manufacturers to meet the higher standards.

PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

We shall always strive to minimize any possible damaging effects to the environment. Therefore, ABC ITALIA SURL
and its suppliers shall continuously reduce the environmental impacts of operations.

Suppliers must:

-comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
-work to reduce waste and emissions to air, ground and water,
-handle chemicals in an environmentally safe way
-handle, store and dispose of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe manner,
-contribute to the recycling and reuse of materials and products,

Suppliers must not use or exceed the use of substances forbidden or restricted in the ABC ITALIA SURL list of
“Chemical Compounds and Substances”.
Manufacturers will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

OTHER LAWS

Manufacturers will comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those pertaining to the manufacture,
pricing, sale and distribution of merchandise. All references to “applicable laws and regulations” in this Code of
Conduct include local and national codes, rules and regulations as well as applicable treaties and voluntary industry
standards.

 

SUBCONTRACTING

Manufacturers will not use subcontractors for the manufacture of ABC ITALIA SURL merchandise or components
thereof without our express written consent, and only after the subcontractor has entered into a written commitment
with ABC to comply with this Code of Conduct

 

MONITORING AND COMPLIANCE

Manufacturers will authorize ABC and its designated agents (including third parties) to engage in monitoring activities
to confirm compliance with this Code of Conduct, including unannounced on-site inspections of manufacturing
facilities and employer-provided housing; reviews of books and records relating to employment matters; and private
interviews with employees. Manufacturers will maintain on site all documentation that may be needed to demonstrate
compliance with this Code of Conduct.

PUBLICATION

Manufacturers will take appropriate steps to ensure that the provisions of this Code of Conduct are communicated to employees, including the prominent posting of a copy of this Code of Conduct, in the local language and in a place readily accessible to employees, at all times