Fundamental Code of Conduct
This Fundamental Code of Conduct is applicable to all cooperatives, charitable trusts, and NGOs that produce goods for Kapade.
Kapade understands that varied legal and socio-cultural environments exist in different parts of the world where cooperatives operate.
This Code of Conduct sets forth the necessary requirements that must be met with by an organisation, in order to do business with Kapade.
Through this Code of Conduct, we intend to remain transparent while effectively communicating to our suppliers, staff members, and third parties, our expectations from them.
This Code of Conduct is non-negotiable. Every individual, group, business, organisation, and/or supplier that partners or collaborates with Kapade in any way is required to strictly adhere to this Code of Vendor Conduct with no exceptions or reservations.
This Code of Conduct consists of some of the most fundamental expectations and requirements necessary for ethical business collaborations, and smooth operational procedures.
This code is updated regularly according to our learnings from self-evaluation and regular research. The goal of such self-evaluation and research is to allow for constructive changes and proper functionality.
This Code of Conduct comprises our concerns regarding the ethical practices we wish for our associates to adhere to.
That said, it is our conscious effort at Kapade to work only with reputed, trustworthy designers and manufacturers, with a view to ensuring the highest standards.
Customers of Kapade can thereby remain assured that the products they purchase from us are produced under fair, humane, dignified conditions.
We always operate in lawfully acceptable conditions, and all legal compliances are always followed. Our trade relations are fair, honest, and ethical at all times, and we only associate with those that uphold the values of dignified labour, fair trade, and lawful business operations.
We are against the exploitation of all humans and animals, especially artisans from vulnerable population groups. We are also very mindful of reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact.
- Waste management should be carried out in keeping with local laws of the place where companies or individuals or groups are located.
- Waste disposal should be carried out consciously to ensure minimum environmental impact, while taking care that the local population is not inconvenienced.
- Kapade recycles all the waste that can be recycled, and expects the same from its designers. We encourage our suppliers and associates to consciously make recycling a part of their waste disposal routine.
- We further expect our brands to minimise their energy consumption wherever possible, in order to be more energy efficient.
At Kapade we adhere to the highest standards of hiring people, and human resource management.
Minors are not employed in our studio. The brands that produce products for Kapade never hire children under the age of 15 years.
We only hire people who explicitly wish to work with us of their own accord; every employee is always paid fair wages on time.
In states where the minimum age for employment is higher than 15 years, we ensure that the law is followed.
All those below 18 years of age that are employed in factories are only assigned job roles that require light work. All the laws regarding healthy treatment of young workers are followed explicitly.
Kapade condemns child labour and is against the hiring of underage workers. We refuse to work with brands that benefit from child labour directly or indirectly, or promote child labour in any form anywhere.
Workers must never be required to provide money in any form to their employers or associates of employers. Workers should always be at liberty to freely terminate their contracts after completing any mutually agreed-upon notice period.
At Kapade, we condemn physical abuse and forceful disciplining. Workers should never give or receive threats of any kind from employers, superiors, subordinates, or colleagues under any circumstances. All workers including management level staff are required to steer clear from verbal abuse, physical abuse or violence, mental harassment, sexual harassment, molestation, and intimidation of any kind.
Kapade condemns inequity and bigotry in all its forms. In situations related to employment, training, termination of services, and retirement, we seek the equal treatment of everyone regardless of their race, caste, creed, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and/or disability.
Kapade adopts a prudent attitude towards the formation and activities of trade unions.
Workers must always have the freedom to join and/or form trade unions on their own to make their demands respectfully without prior permission from anyone.
Workers at all levels must have free access to water, toilets, and religious facilities while at work.
All new hiring, be it permanent or temporary, full time or part time, must be done in accordance with legal requirements of the nation and region. We insist on our vendors signing formal employment contracts with their workers. If our vendors are using third party agents or agencies to hire employees or workers, the vendors’ employment contracts must be in adherence to our Code of Conduct and should always override all guidelines put in place by the third party hiring agent or agency.
Kapade insists that all brands and designers produce before us the regulations and guidelines they follow, with respect to ethical production, fair employment, and environmental sustainability. We expect them to establish functional systems that allow for these regulations and guidelines to be implemented and monitored successfully.
Ethical Working Conditions
The work environment for all employees, workers, and labourers must always be safe, clean, hygienic, and must have adequate sanitation facilities.
Workers must be trained and educated with regards to the handling of specific machines, the inherent hazards and dangers involved in using them, and methods to avoid mishaps and injuries.
Workers must be provided all requisite protection gear for safe handling of equipment and machinery.
All necessary safety measures and precautions must always be in place to prevent injuries and accidents.
We expect that our brands make provisions for their employees and workers to give them feedback safely and anonymously. Provisions must also be made for workers to report complaints anonymously.
Our brands are expected to create a work environment that is free of corruption, extortion, bribery, credit-stealing, and blackmail.
Supervision & Observation
At Kapade, we believe in the positive intent of our workers and associates, and in the principle of trust and cooperation. We request our brands to be mindful of how they supervise workers.
We believe that people are inherently proactive and productive when they feel respected and are treated fairly. We expect that our brands also adopt this mindset, so that we may all work as one team in consensus, towards our common goals.
Because we work with brands across the world, we recognise and understand that there may be socio-cultural differences in the way best practices for employment are followed in different parts of the world. That said, we refuse to compromise on the basic standards of safety, humane work conditions, and dignity of life and labour for all our stakeholders across all levels of responsibility.
Kapade expects complete transparency in business. We deem it necessary for our brands to always keep us informed about where each order is being produced, and of any and all changes in standard operating procedures.
If for any reason, a designer/brand associated with us fails to comply with the Code of Conduct in part or full, we will terminate our relationship with them immediately; this may be done with or without warning and/or prior intimation.
We take a strong stance against child labour. Children are prohibited from working at our studio, and from delivering goods, snacks, and other items.
We believe in maintaining a healthy work-life balance and respect our karigars’ need for and right to their personal time and space. Our crafts-persons, artisans, and employees strictly follow healthy working hours; in case they work overtime, they are always reimbursed fairly.
- At Kapade, all salaries are always paid on time.
- We are against forced labour. Such practices are strongly condemned by us.
- We refrain from giving our employees any work to be completed at home, after hours.
- At Kapade, we give paid leaves for all public holidays.
- The health and safety of our employees is of utmost importance to us. Safe production practices are practised at all times at our studio.
- We do not discriminate on the grounds of religion, politics, gender, caste, creed, or communal allegiances.
- We respect our employees’ rightful freedom of speech and expression, and are open to considering diverse opinions in terms of creative and administrative matters.
- We follow a friendly and respectable code of conduct.