MO believes that strengthening partnership relationships with suppliers consists of maximizing trust, respect, and the creation of mutual value, recognizing them as key partners in the development of their activities.
MO publicly makes the commitment to develop its activity with suppliers based on a set of principles of Ethics, Transparency, Respect, Professionalism, Safe and Healthy working conditions and Cooperation, striving to improve the processes and services associated with the products supplied.
For this MO applies Sonae Fashion Code of Conduct modelled with the standards of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other standards issued by organizations such as the International Labour Organization, International Social Responsibility and Ethical Trading Initiative.
Sustainability is increasingly more part of how we think and how we develop our activity throughout the value chain. We create shared value and promote development actions for our staff in and out of Portugal.
We want to contribute towards fairer and more inclusive communities for our suppliers, and ensure that our activity has minimal social and environmental impact. Our suppliers are invited to collaborate in assessing and improving our products' footprint, including their distribution. Audits, assessments, manuals, and suppliers' code of ethics help us move forward and commit to better working conditions, improving product tracking, and ensuring a more transparent and ethical production process for our clients.
Any form of child exploitation is prohibited. This refers to work that:
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a person is a child until the age of 18. The hiring of workers under 18 shall occur only in cases risk-free work.
With reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sonae Fashion definition of “risk-free work” includes:
The supplier agrees to comply with all applicable child labour laws and to maintain records proving the date of birth of each employee.
Sonae suppliers may not use any type of slave or forced labour, nor be related to any activities that involve the trafficking of human beings, namely the transports, recruitment, transfer or receipt of persons through threats or fraud.
Sonae will not tolerate the demand of any financial guarantees from workers. It will not condone that their original identification documents are confiscated or accept any retention from their salaries, benefits or any other form of cohesion to force or oblige them to provide labour.
Suppliers shall ensure that contracts for workers clearly convey the working conditions and are drafted in a language understood by the worker.
Suppliers shall offer their employees working conditions that are safe and healthy, including any company housing in compliance.
At a minimum, workers shall be guaranteed:
Suppliers must respect right of workers to choose whether to lawfully, peacefully and voluntarily form and join free trade unions and workers’ associations of their choosing and to bargain collectively.
Sonae does not accept disciplinary or discriminatory actions from the employer against employees who choose to peacefully and lawfully organize or join an association.
Sonae recognizes and respects cultural differences and promotes equal opportunity, therefore it also requires that its suppliers do not use any form of discrimination in recruitment, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, religion, social class, nationality, ethnicity, illness, pregnancy, disability, gender, age, civil status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
The suppliers of Sonae shall agree to maintain a working environment free of harassment, threats and aggression.
Sonae will not tolerate any practices that involve physical or mental pressure, bodily punishments, harassment or sexual abuse, threat, verbal insults or gestures, as well as any other form of inhumane treatment.
Sonae suppliers shall pay their workers as provided in the respective labour laws of each country and must agree to comply with the maximum limit of working hours per week defined by legislation in effect.
They shall also guarantee that their workers enjoy days off, holidays and legally instituted bank holidays.
Workers shall receive, at least, the minimum wage in effect in their country and benefit from all the Social Benefits provided by law.
Sonae Fashion Suppliers shall be committed at all time to indulge in environmentally responsible behaviours and practices beyond the mere compliance of local applicable environmental legislation.
Sonae Fashion expects the Suppliers to proactively seek, in a sustained manner, the continual improvement of its environmental performance.
Sonae Fashion specifically requires suppliers to ensure: