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Code of Conduct

As one of the largest sports retailers in the Nordic region, we have a responsibility to make sure that the products we sell are made in conditions that are fair for not only the workers but also the environment and the society we all share. This goes for our own brands as well as brands from external suppliers. Since we are a sports retailer, it is easy to draw parallels with the world of sportswe want to stick to the rules and play a fair game. This philosophy is something we demand from all of our business partners.

Today, we have production in several countries: China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.

Supplier Code of Conduct
Since we do not own any of the factories where our products are produced, it is important to work together with our suppliers to regulate factors such as the work environment, fire safety, human rights, wage levels, the right to unionize, chemical use and more.

Through our Supplier Code of Conduct and checklists that are used during screenings, we have come a long way in our work on this topic. Our Code of Conduct builds upon the ILO conventions on working conditions and other labor rights, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We also use guidelines from the trade association of textile importers to determine which chemicals will be used in production.

From a global perspective, Stadium is a relatively small player. Still, we feel that we have come a long way in our work in these issues, and we continue to do so purposefully and with a long-term objective.

The essentials of Stadium’s Supplier Code of Conduct:

1. A good working environment is important

The factories where our products are made are to have a good working environment. The facilities need to be clean and have high levels of fire safety and clear emergency exits. They need to have sanitary bathrooms and proper lighting. Safety equipment must be available for tasks that require it.

2. We demand fair labor standards

All employees at the factories should receive fair pay for their efforts. Working hours prescribed by law are to be followed, and overtime is to be compensated for in accordance with either law or industry standards. Women must have the right to legal parental leave. Any discrimination because of race, skin color, gender, nationality, religion, age, pregnancy or marital status shall not be tolerated. No one should be forced to work under coercion or confinement.

3. Chemicals in production

In a specific appendix to our contracts, we list the chemicals that may not be used in production. The goal is to eliminate any chemical or substance that can cause skin irritation or allergies, is carcinogenic or has a negative effect on the environment. Examples of substances that we do not allow in production are certain coloring agents, hexavalent chromium, PCP, fluorocarbons, certain phthalates, brominated flame retardants or cadmium, led and quicksilver.

4. We do not tolerate child labor

Generally, 15 is the lowest age we approve for employees of our suppliers. Some countries have an age limit of 14, while some have set it to 16. We, of course, follow local legislation, as long as the legislation is consistent with ILO Convention No. 138. We also require that adolescents under the age of 18 are not forced to work night shifts and their overtime is limited. ILO is a UN agency consisting of representatives from governments, employers and workers associations that aims to establish guidelines for working and living standards all over the world.

5. The right to unionize

Factory workers must have the right to form unions as they please in accordance with ILO conventions.

6. Screening

Stadium has the right to conduct both announced and unannounced screening of all factories. If a supplier does not follow the agreed upon terms of our contract, we first try to help the supplier rectify the problems. Should the supplier fail to improve the conditions or continue to be in breach of the contract, we will terminate the partnership.

It is our ambition to have long-term partnerships with our suppliers. Therefore, it is important to us that we help our suppliers improve unsatisfactory elements by requiring that improvements be made.