Policies and Procedures

Ethical Policy

1.      Introduction

PSM Sportswear strives to conduct business to the highest ethical and environmental standards seeking to use and utilise manufacturers that do the same. PSM has its own detailed code of conduct, which is integral to its business and that all suppliers and their sources must adhere to.
 
This code of conduct is based on current best practices with regard to employment ethics, health and safety practices and environmental practices; so that when a customer purchases our goods they know that they have been produced under acceptable conditions. That means that the goods must have been produced: -
 
lawfully, through fair and honest dealing;
without exploiting the people who made them;
in decent working conditions;
reducing the environmental impact during production and transportation;
 
2.      Employment
All suppliers must meet the local laws on conditions such as minimum wages, hours of work, overtime and deductions.
 
3.      Employing children
PSM does not condone the use of child labour and our suppliers must not employ children, other than under the ILO Convention 138 and Recommendation 146, which define a child as a person younger than 15 years old.
 
PSM does support legitimate, legally sanctioned apprentices and educated-related work as long as the child is not being exploited, there is no risk to the child’s health, education and development, and you have the permission of the child’s parents. 
 
4.      Forced labour
Forced labour, whether in the form of prison, bonded or uncompensated labour is not used.
 
5.      Disciplinary practices
Every employee must be treated with respect and dignity. No employee is treated with threatening behaviour, physical punishment or any form of mental or verbal abuse.
 
6.      Non-Discrimination
PSM’s suppliers employ and deal with all their employees fairly and without discrimination. This is regardless of age, sex, race, religion or disability.
 
7.      Freedom of association
Suppliers acknowledge that employees have the right to associate or unionise with any organisation that is legal in that country.
 
8.      Health, safety and welfare
PSM’s suppliers all provide a safe place of work meeting all local laws relating to health, safety and welfare in the workplace. This means:
every effort is made to prevent accidents or injury;
wealth and safety procedures are implemented and employees are regularly trained and tested in what to do in certain situations;
there is always adequate lighting and ventilation;
clean drinking water is always availble;
 
9.      Environment
PSM is continuing to develop its environment practices in the production of the garments, the choice of fabrics used and the working environment. Key examples of these procedures are:
 
10.    Head Office recycling
 
Toner cartridges from laser printers are returned to the manufacturer for recycling;
All cardboard waste from the warehouse is recycled;
PSM is working towards all their plastic bags carrying recyclable logos;
Collection point for office staff to recycle paper;
Email is our preferred method of communication to reduce the amount of paper used;