California Transparency in Supply Chain Act
German Valdivia supports the goals of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (the "Act") and believes deeply in human rights and the use of fair labor practices throughout its business activities. We work with the best suppliers in our field, primarily local New York City businesses, who share our standards for ethics and integrity in business dealings, including social or environmental principles by which they operate.
To this end, German Valdivia does the following:
Verification and Requirements Placed on Suppliers
German Valdivia has implemented a Group Code of Conduct (the "Code of Conduct") for it's suppliers. The Code of Conduct lists our our standards in the areas of health and safety, labor standards, business integrity, social impact, and environmental sustainability. We regularly conduct our own audits to ensure suppliers comply with our minimum standards and request that our suppliers remain open to third-party audit in the event questions of their ability to maintain compliance arise.
While we work locally with New York City suppliers and have a strong working relationship to understand the nature of working conditions at our supplier locations, we understand that there still may be risk of working condition violations. If necessary we audit suppliers to ensure they are in compliance with the Social Accountability International's SA8000 standards, an international standardized code of conduct for improving working conditions around the world in line with our Code of Conduct.
Certification of Supplier Compliance
Prior to commencement of any work, we require our suppliers to sign an attestation adhering to our Code of Conduct.
If we become aware of non-compliance to our Code of Conduct, we reserve the right to demand corrective measures. This includes terminating any agreement with a supplier who does not comply with our Code of Conduct or seeking any remedies available to us under local laws or regulations.
Training and Awareness for German Valdivia Employees
We believe that the backbone of our business are the artisans who help us craft luxurious items. These are skills developed through years of practice and receive as much value in our eyes when compared to the creative directors, designers or administrative roles within our organization.
We encourage all our employees irrespective of roles to become familiar with standards to which we follow, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Charter of Fundamental Right of the European Union, United Nations and International Labour Organization directives, and the United Nations Global Compact.
We regularly remind any organizational members or representatives to attend trainings on identifying and remediating any violations of our Code of Conduct. We take appropriate measures if any member or representative is in violation of our Code of Conduct.