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Code of Compliance

Code of Compliance

Rembrandt is committed to operating in a responsible and ethical manner. We are determined to safeguard workers and continuously improve environmental outcomes, by putting sustainability at the centre of our design and decision-making processes.

With this in mind, we have developed a code of compliance covering the following key areas:

  1. Ensure safe and fair working conditions
  2. Ensure integrity and transparency between Rembrandt and our suppliers
  3. Improve environmental outcomes
  4. Protect the welfare of animals

In the first instance, our current international suppliers have signed the code of compliance and provided us with any relevant supporting documentation, we will now work with our New Zealand suppliers to sign the code of compliance and provide any relevant supporting documentation. We expect this process to be completed by 20th December 2017.

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1. Ensure safe and fair working conditions.

This section of the Rembrandt code of compliance is based on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code and ensures that:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Regular employment is provided
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Wages are paid in accordance with local and national laws
  • Child labour is prohibited
  • Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
  • Discrimination of any kind is prohibited

Since 2009 our primary tailoring factory in China has been independently audited for health and safety standards. In addition, our staff travel to the factory at least twice per year to monitor standards and we have a Chinese-based employee who acts on our behalf on a day-to-day basis.

2. Ensure integrity and transparency between Rembrandt and our suppliers.

Suppliers must take all reasonable measures to conduct their business activities in an ethical manner, without bribery, corruption or any type of fraudulent or unethical behaviour, including during any audits conducted by, or on behalf of, Rembrandt.

The labour practices within or administered by any subcontractors or labour brokers involved in the provision of products for Rembrandt must be in line with the minimum requirements of this code.


3. Improve environmental outcomes.

Suppliers must comply with local and national laws related to environmental standards and develop and implement a formal policy that outlines their approach to managing environmental impacts within their control. We currently request documentation from our suppliers of any relevant certification they hold. The most common certifications our suppliers are compliant with are standards from the ISO family and OEKO-TEX standard 100.

Packaging should be designed to meet Rembrandt’s minimum requirement which is to be fit for purpose in terms of; cost, functionality (protection, safety and quality) and marketing purposes, with minimal environmental impact and risk. Our aim is to operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner by reducing resource depletion and end of life environmental impacts arising from packaging, through measures that reduce, reuse, recover and recycle materials used in the design and production of packaging.

4. Protect the welfare of animals.

Suppliers must comply with all local and national laws related to animal welfare and employ all reasonable efforts to ensure animals under their care (or the care of their supply chain partners) are treated in a humane manner.

Rembrandt does not condone the use of fur or angora and suppliers must ensure that these are not used in any product supplied to Rembrandt. Suppliers of wool products must provide supporting information outlining their policy regarding mulesing. Suppliers must ensure no testing is conducted on animals, unless such tests are required by law.