Reitmans (Canada) Limited is founded on core values of respect, integrity, growth and commitment. We are fully committed towards responsible and sustainable business conduct and ethical sourcing principles.
The way our designs are brought to life is very important to us. We partner with our partners, suppliers, and vendors, both in Canada and abroad, to help ensure that the people who are involved in the manufacturing of our apparel and accessories enjoy a safe and healthy work environment, while being treated with respect and dignity.
We require that all our suppliers sign and abide by the terms of our Code of Conduct for Suppliers that include employee working conditions and respect for environmental standards, and our Chain of Custody Program that monitors the traceability of fabrics, raw materials and products used in the manufacturing process of our apparel and accessories. Suppliers must also comply with a comprehensive Auditing Program that is conducted by our representatives, or third-party independent accredited experts, and is rooted in corrective action, transparency, and partnership.
We strive to regularly update our policies and improve our practices, and have implemented control mechanisms to help ensure that all suppliers meet their commitments
Code of Conduct for Suppliers
Reitmans (Canada) Limited is committed to conducting its business in accordance with ethical business standards and the laws of the countries in which its suppliers operate. In keeping with this principle, we require that our suppliers sign and abide by the terms of our Code of Conduct for Suppliers that is enforced by means of an Auditing Program.
Reitmans (Canada) Limited will no longer do business with a supplier that fails to abide by its obligations under the Code of Conduct for Suppliers and implement corrective action following an audit.
For example, we will not do business with suppliers that:
- use child or forced labour;
- discriminate in their employment practices;
- deny proper wages and benefits to employees;
- contravene applicable environmental laws;
- or deny workers a safe work environment.
We reserve the right to amend our Code of Conduct for Suppliers to promote best practices and adapt our requirements to any specific situations.
For more information on our Code of Conduct for Suppliers, click here.
Chain of Custody Program
Reitmans (Canada) Limited has also instituted a Chain of Custody Program that monitors the traceability of fabrics, raw materials and products used in the manufacturing of its apparel and accessories. The Chain of Custody Program requires suppliers to substantiate through documentary evidence that the fabrics, raw materials, or other product components used to manufacture our apparel and accessories have not been sourced from regions where it is alleged that gross violations of human rights are taking place.
Suppliers are also required to provide unrestricted access to their facilities, with or without prior notice, and to all relevant records to ensure compliance with all our requirements.
Our auditing cycle provides for comprehensive audits of each supplier facility or factory on a regular basis, in addition to random inspections. The audits are led by in-house experts based in our Hong Kong office or by a third-party independent accredited auditing firm that supports us in different countries, and in local languages.
We use a comprehensive grading matrix to assess compliance with our Code of Conduct for Suppliers that focuses on over 200 criteria across 12 areas, including but not limited to Wages and Benefits, Health and Safety, and Child and Forced Labour.
Following an audit, a Corrective Action Plan is put into place to remediate issues. The supplier is re-audited as soon and as often as necessary to confirm the implementation of the required remedial measures.
Reitmans (Canada) Limited reserves the right to suspend, discontinue, or terminate its relationship with any supplier that does not pass an audit and fails to implement the remedial measures mandated by the Corrective Action Plan.
For our response to the CBC news story of November 5, 2021, click here.