Saint Paul Public Schools - Vendor Code of Conduct

  • Findings.  The Board of Education finds:


    • That there is a positive correlation between the quality of workers’ working conditions, the quality of work going into the production of products and the quality of the products themselves;


    • That the Board of Education has a wide range of discretion and lawful authority to establish reasonable standards of working conditions for workers who produce products purchased and leased by the School District as a means to ensure the provision of better quality products form more responsible bidders and thus further the interests of the School District;


    • That some manufacturers of apparel, footwear, and sports and athletic gear and related equipment have been found to maintain sweatshop working conditions for their workers; and


    • That more responsible bidders can be expected to provide better quality products and therefore it is in the best interests of the School District to purchase and lease apparel, footwear, and sports and athletic gear and related equipment produced under workers’ working conditions which do not constitute sweatshop working conditions.


    Compensation.  Vendors shall ensure that all supplies, manufacturers, including subcontractors, provide a living wage to their employees involved in the manufacture and distribution of apparel and athletic products for a school.


    Working Conditions.  Each contractor or sub-contractor shall provide a safe and healthy working environment, and have a safety program that proactively identifies and eliminates workplace hazards.  Proper sanitation, including hygienic toilet facilities and drinking water, shall be provided.  Employees shall not be required to work more than the lesser of 48 hours per week or the limits on the regular hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture.


    Worker Rights.  Employees of contractors or sub-contractors shall have the right to speak up about working conditions without fear of retaliation and have the right to form unions of their own choosing without employer resistance.  No employee may be subjected to physical, sexual or verbal harassment.  No employee may be discriminated against in employment in any way on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, disability, nationality, political opinion or social or ethnic origin.  Due process procedures shall be in place for discipline or discharge.


    Child Labor.  No person shall be employed at an age younger than 15 (or14 years where the law of the country allows) or be younger than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such an age is higher than 15 years.


    Legal Compliance. The company complies with all the laws and regulations governing the workplace.  Where there are differences or conflicts with this Code of Conduct and the applicable laws of the country of manufacture, the higher standard will prevail.