HUB Footwear was founded with the vision of making sophisticated sneakers at a competitive price point. We’re aware of the social responsibility we have as a brand and we are committed in making our products with respect for people and our planet. We have a marked corporate social responsibility as a key value in our business model. Further, within our supply chain we sought business partners that shared the same corporate values. What does this mean for you? It enables us to present you a sense of guilt free consumerism.
Our shoes are manufactured in factories located in Taiwan, Vietnam and Portugal. In order to ensure healthy working conditions at these factories, we have set up a HUB Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct contains all our guidelines regarding forced labor, child labor, harassment, abuse and discrimination, working conditions and environment and has duly been signed by all the factories we are in partnership with and these agreements are renewed annually. See appendix A for the contents of the code of conduct.
Our corporate social responsibility goes further than only the working conditions. With regards to the area of sustainability, the following topics are covered in our supply chain. The factories we incorporate all have a program installed to reduce carbon emissions and lower their CO2 footprint. As an example, the factories select local suppliers to reduce transport emissions. Our factories guarantee that our products do not contain any harmful substances. Our products are ZDHC, Chromium VI and REACH chemicals free. Our leather suppliers only contract professionals that ensure the management of wastewater and operate a standardized procedure of boiler operation wastewater treatment, fur and powder administration in place. Our shoeboxes are made of 100% recycled paper.
We have set-up a policy in order to create and maintain environmental awareness. At the HUB HQ, waste is carefully separated. Paper, plastic, glass, batteries and household waste are collected separately. All HUB employees are encouraged to enjoy a social lifestyle involving sport and are representative of the HUB core customer profile.
General Principle Business Partners (including but not limited to agents, vendors, manufacturers, factories, suppliers, and subcontractors) must comply fully with all legal requirements relevant to the conduct of their businesses. The language to be used for purposes of notice and interpreting the meaning of these guidelines shall be English unless otherwise noted.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners do not use forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, or other forms of forced labor. Business Partners’ employees shall not be required to lodge ‘deposits’ or identity papers upon commencing employment with the Business Partner or as a condition of employment and are free to leave the Business Partner after giving reasonable notice. The Business Partner is responsible for employment eligibility fees of foreign workers, including recruitment fees. HUB’s Business Partners certify that they will comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners will not employ any person less than fifteen (15) years of age unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age for work or mandatory schooling, in which case the higher age shall apply. Furthermore, Business Partners must comply with all local laws pertaining to the restrictions on “Young Workers,” who are defined as being all employees under the age of 18. Young Workers shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall treat their employees with respect and dignity. Work environments must be free of intolerance, retribution for grievance, and corporal punishment. No employee will be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.
The following is the Social Compliance Code of Conduct for HUB Footwear: (the “SC Code”). The SC Code is used as a tool to assist HUB Footwear in selecting and retaining Business Partners (as defined below) who follow business practices consistent with our policies and values. As a set of guiding principles, the SC Code also helps identify potential problems so that we can work with our Business Partners to address issues as they arise. By way of example, Business Partners will develop and implement action plans for continuous improvement in factory working conditions. Progress of these and related plans will be monitored by the Business Partners themselves, HUB Footwears’ internal monitoring team, and external independent monitors. Additionally, HUB Footwear and external independent monitors will conduct announced and unannounced audits of suppliers to evaluate supplier compliance with the SC Code’s standards and business practices. HUB Footwear also has a broad social compliance-training program in place that covers the topics of human trafficking and slavery, particularly with respect to mitigating risks within the supply chains of products. As HUB Footwear evolves its business model in sourcing and manufacturing, we intend to work with Business Partners that understand that meeting these minimum standards is a critical baseline from which manufacturing leadership, continuous improvement, and self-governance must evolve. Beyond this SC Code, HUB Footwear is committed to collaborating with Business Partners to help build a leaner, greener, more empowered and equitable supply chain. We expect our Business Partners to share HUB Footwear’s commitment to the goals of reducing waste, using resources responsibly, supporting workers’ rights, and advancing the welfare of workers and communities. We believe that partnerships based on transparency, collaboration, and mutual respect is integral to making this happen.
HUB Footwear firmly believes people are entitled to equal opportunity in employment. Although the company recognizes that cultural differences exist, HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall not discriminate against their employees in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, political opinion, trade union affiliation, social or ethnic origin, or any other status protected by country law.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners’ employees are timely paid at least the minimum wage required by country law and provided legally mandated benefits, including holidays and leaves, and statutory severance when employment ends. Employment practices such as training or apprenticeship wages, pre-employment fees, deposits, or other practices that effectively lower an employee’s pay below the legal minimum wage are not permitted. Wages will be paid at least on a monthly basis.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall ensure a safe and healthy workplace. HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall provide written safety and health policies and procedures that minimize negative impacts on the workplace environment, reduce work-related injury and illness, and promote the general health of employees. HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall maintain systems to detect, avoid, and respond to potential risks to the safety and health of all their employees. HUB Footwear’s Business Partners must provide training and adequate equipment to ensure workplace safety practices. This requirement also applies to residential facilities provided, if any. Hours of Work/Overtime: HUB Footwear’s Business Partners’ employees shall not work more than sixty (60) hours per week, or more than the maximum amount of hours set by the law of the manufacturing country, whichever is less. Any overtime hours are consensual and compensated at a premium rate. Employees are only allowed to work a maximum of six (6) days per week.
HUB Footwear’s Business Partners will protect human health and the environment by meeting applicable regulatory requirements, including air emissions, solid/hazardous waste, and water discharge. HUB Footwear’s Business Partners will adopt reasonable measures to mitigate negative operational impacts on the environment and strive to continuously improve environmental performance.
To the extent permitted by the laws of the manufacturing country, HUB Footwear’s Business Partners shall respect the right of their employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. This includes the right to form and join trade unions and other worker organizations of their own choosing without harassment, interference, or retaliation.
Our Business Partners all confirm that they have received this Code of Conduct and agree to comply with all standards and business practices listed.