Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct of cotton ART GmbH
cotton ART GmbH attaches great importance to sustainability and cooperation, therefore it is especially important to us that our products are produced with social and ecological responsibility. We do not only want to offer our customers top quality and a good price/performance ratio, we also make sure that our business partners guarantee a fair working environment, so that a fair, safe and stable cooperation can be guaranteed through all levels.
To this end, we only promote the sale of textiles that are harmless to health and only carry articles in our range that meet OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
We also pursue the goal of responsible development and sustainability in the global supply chain with a special focus on organic cotton. It is important to us that our business partners handle energy and raw materials with care, while working with us to meet the highest quality standards.
Furthermore, we do not use polybag for the packaging or repackaging of textiles after finishing and recycling of packages for shipping to reduce the environmental impact of unnecessary waste production.
As the values of the "BSCI/ Business Social Compliance Initiative" are very important to us, we feel obliged to implement the BSCI Code of Conduct as part of our business relationship with our suppliers and thus promote working conditions. This includes, among other things, the right to protection against discrimination, freedom of association and appropriate remuneration of the employee.
In order to ensure a steady development also outside of our company and to promote the global market economy, we also support charity organisations that are committed to the creation of new jobs and offer children from developing countries the opportunity to shape their own future, so that people living in poverty also get a chance to make their own decision and break out of the circle of poverty.
We are proud partners of Hand-in-Hand, who have managed to create 1.7 million jobs in the world's poorest countries in the last 7 years, which means that 5 million people no longer live in extreme poverty and thousands of children can attend school.
In addition, we also support the organisation SOS-Kinderdorf e.V., which has set itself the task of providing children with a safe home. The SOS-Kinderdorf is one of the large support associations in the worldwide umbrella organisation of SOS-Kinderdorf International and invests 85% of its income directly in project work and support on site.
Welthungerhilfe is also one of the organisations we support and is particularly distinguished by its work in crisis areas, in order to respond to the weakest of the weak humanity and to support you with food and transplantation.
Your goal is to directly address one of the biggest and at the same time one of the most solvable problems and to contribute with all your actions to solve the problem in a sustainable way.
The Code of Conduct applies to a successful cooperation between the partners cotton ART GmbH and the suppliers, service providers and subcontractors a high level of integrity and the living of the values worked out together are indispensable prerequisites. This applies not only to transactions with cotton ART GmbH, but also to other customers, intermediaries, employees, competitors and the public sector.
The basis for everything is formed by the values worked out by those involved:
Trust | Our cooperation is characterized by trust.
Appreciation | Appreciation is the basis for a lasting partnership and cooperation.
Quality | Adherence to and acceptance of the jointly defined quality.
Respect | Respect means meeting each other at eye level.
Fairness | Fairness is the basis for a partnership-based cooperation.
Honesty | "Honesty lasts longest!" Honesty is the basis of a long partnership.
Reliability | Reliability means that agreements made together are kept.
Communication | Clear communication promotes a perfect result.
Critical faculties | We see our critical faculties as a chance to become better.
Goal orientation | Both partners benefit from a common goal orientation.
Competence |Our cooperation is characterized by the competence of our employees and managers. Great importance is attached to cohesion.
All parties involved are in particular held,
1.comply with applicable laws and regulations.
2. to carry out all business transactions without making unauthorized payments (bribery).
2.1. all parties are requested to avoid gifts to employees in particular. Exceptions are customary occasional gifts or invitations of low value, such as business notebooks or calendars. Gifts should not exceed an amount of 50 euros. Should this amount be exceeded for any reason whatsoever, this will be done without exception in consultation with the respective management.
3. to maintain high ethical standards in which human dignity and the rights of the individual are respected.
3.1 All parties are called upon to observe the General Provisions of the Human Rights of the UN, in particular
3.1.1. ensure safe and healthy working conditions.
3.1.2. to respect the individual and not to allow discrimination
3.1.3. pay fair wages and respect other rights arising from the employment relationships of employees.
3.1.4. allow freedom of association and choice of employment.
3.1.5. not to demand excessively long hours from its employees.
3.1.6. to eliminate child labour.
3.1.7. to keep business, financial and technical data and mutual correspondence confidential.
Everyone is encouraged not only to assist each other in complying with this Code of Conduct, but also to inform each other when a potential violation of this Code of Conduct becomes known. Only the respective managing directors are to be informed about this.
All parties involved are also encouraged to operate in an environmentally friendly manner and to constantly strive for improvements in this area.