Code of Conduct
Roots Canada Ltd. (“Roots”) aims to do business with suppliers that respect
the culture in which they operate, the local law, and the workers who
manufacture Roots products.
Roots has developed this Workplace Code of Conduct (“Code”), which sets forth the basic minimum requirements
that all suppliers must meet in order to do business with Roots.
In addition to the specific provisions in this Code, Roots expects its suppliers to act reasonably in all respects and
to do their best to ensure that no abusive, exploitative or illegal conditions exist at their workplaces.
I. SUPPLIER AGREEMENT
Country Law: Roots suppliers must operate in full compliance with the laws of their respective countries and with
all other applicable laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to labor, worker health and safety, and the
environment. In cases where the Roots standard is more stringent, the Roots standard will apply.
Subcontracting: Roots will only work with subcontractors who comply with this Code and who have signed a copy
of this Code. Supplier must agree to disclose to Roots the name and address of every subcontractor used in the
production of Roots garments and products.
Recordkeeping: Suppliers and subcontractors must agree to permit Roots and their representatives to inspect all
facilities and documents to ensure compliance with local laws and international standards. All documents
provided must be accurate and must be presented in a manner that allows for a complete inspection by auditors.
Communication of Standards: Roots expects our suppliers to support and cooperate in the distribution of this
code. This includes posting the Code of Conduct document in the local language, as well as English, in an area
where all workers may regularly view these principles.
Any worker with knowledge of a violation against the Roots Code of Conduct may contact Roots Canada Ltd. at the
Roots Canada Ltd.
Compliance & Quality Department
1400 Castlefield Avenue
II. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
Wages and Benefits: Suppliers must pay all employees who manufacture Roots garments, products, or
components at least the minimum wages and benefits mandated by local law, including an annual paid holiday as
required by law or which meet the local industry standard. Wages must be paid directly to the worker in full in legal
tender. Only legal deductions are permitted, and workers must be notified of these deductions.
Payment of wages must be made at or near the workplace. In addition to their compensation for regular hours of
work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country
of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular
hourly compensation rate.
Work Hours and Overtime: Except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees shall (i) not be required to
work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime
hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture or, where the laws of such country do not limit the hours of
work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in
every seven day period. Each employee must be notified at the time of hiring that compulsory overtime may
sometimes be necessary.
Child Labor: Suppliers to Roots shall employ workers who meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement of
their country or are at least 15 years of age.
Forced Labor: No forced labor, in any form, may be used by any Roots supplier, whether prison labor, indentured
labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
Discrimination and Harassment: No employee of Roots suppliers shall be subject to workplace discrimination,
harassment or abuse. Discrimination must not occur on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, political opinion,
nationality, social origin, maternity or marital status.
Health and Safety: The workplace must be safe and healthy, and suppliers must comply in all respects with all
applicable laws regarding the provision of a safe, hygienic, and healthy working environment. Suppliers must take
steps to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, and must train employees to use safe workplace practices.
Freedom of Association: Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association
and collective bargaining.
Environment: Vendors must comply with all local laws protecting the environment.
Roots will favour suppliers and contractors who take steps to ensure that their operations have the least impact
possible on the environment.
Monitoring and Verification: Roots, by our representatives, may audit the facilities of any supplier and the facilities
of any subcontractor. All suppliers and subcontractors shall fully cooperate and provide access to all facilities and
documents to ensure compliance with this Code. Roots reserves the right to perform unannounced audits when
Our Commitment to an Excellent Work Environment
Roots is dedicated to providing a workplace where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Roots also
strives to create an environment where individuals have the freedom to express their views and concerns openly.
Our open door policy allows all staff to address any concerns in an anonymous confidential manner.
Roots recruits, develops, rewards and retains its employees solely on the basis of merit, ability and performance.
Roots is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, sex, religion,
age, ethnic origin or any other prohibited grounds. Roots has long been proud of the diversity of its staff, which it
considers a great strength of the company.