Code of Conduct
USC Licensees are required to meet the standards set forth in the USC Workplace Code of Conduct. This Code may be amended from time to time under the license agreement. Licensees are required to develop internal processes to achieve sustainable compliance, and submit to regular third party monitoring to help verify that the Code is being followed. USC is committed to working with licensees to ensure that licensed products are manufactured in safe work environments that respect worker’s rights.
Licensees shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.
Harassment or Abuse
Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or any other forms of forced labor.
No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Health, Safety, and Environment
Licensees shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of licensee’s facilities. Workers shall receive regular health and safety training. Further, licensees shall have the responsibility to ensure that its direct operations and those of any subcontractors comply with workplace safety and health regulations established by the national government where the production facility is located. Licensees shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.
Hours of Work
Licensees shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. Licensees shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Licensees shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in extraordinary circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.
Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week to meet the worker’s basic needs and some discretionary income. Licensees shall pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract.
Licensees shall, in addition to complying with all applicable laws of the country of manufacture, comply with and support the Workplace Code of Conduct and shall apply the higher standard in cases of differences or conflicts. Licensees also shall require its contractors, subcontractors or manufacturers that produce, assemble or package finished licensed products to comply with applicable local laws and with this Code and to apply the higher standard in cases of differences or conflicts.