Edwards is dedicated to provide merchandise and services with a high standard of quality and social responsibility. We are committed to operate in accordance with labor laws and ethical standards, and require that our vendors align to this commitment. To promote that all of our manufacturing sources operate under proper working conditions for their employees, we have adopted the following Code of Conduct.

  • Child Labor - Edwards does not accept child labor. No person shall be employed before reaching the minimum legal age prescribed by law in the host country.
  • Forced Labor - There shall be absolutely no use of involuntary or forced labor, whether indentured, bonded, prison or otherwise.
  • Harassment or Abuse - All employees shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
  • Wages and Benefits - Vendors must recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees' basic needs. Vendors shall pay employees the legal minimum wages as required by local law and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
  • Working Hours and Overtime - Working hours must not exceed prevailing local work hours in the country where the work is to be performed. Overtime, should stay within the legal limits and be appropriately compensated according to legal regulation on premium pay.
  • Health and Safety - Vendors shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of work, or as a result of the operation of employer facilities.
  • Environmental Protection - Vendors shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. In addition, we proactively select and work with vendors that use higher standards than those enforced locally.
  • Other Laws - Vendors shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those pertaining to the manufacture, pricing, sale and distribution of merchandise, as well as voluntary industry standards.

Edwards ensures that vendors meet corporate social responsibility requirements with a combination of:

  • External 3rd party audits where independent auditing professionals perform extensive reviews looking at all key factors (i.e., compensation, benefits, labor rights, safety) using a combination of interviews with factory and administrative staff, and review of documentation to confirm that compliance requirements are being met.
  • Internal staff visits and evaluations where Edwards visits the factory and confirms the conditions of the operation and the welfare of the employees. Edwards vendors operate qualified factories that are frequently certified by organizations like WRAP (World-wide Responsible Apparel Production), and other global entities with high standards of compliance and certification levels.

It is our policy to provide a safe and healthful work environment for all Edwards associates. Protecting human life from harm and property from damage is a key responsibility of every associate. The objective or our company Safety and Health Management Program is to reduce work-related accidents and illness and to promote safety and health in every task undertaken by associates. Our Safety and Health Management Program includes:

  • Comprehensive safety and health training program for all associates
  • Routine safety and health inspections to identify and eliminate unsafe working conditions or practices, control health hazards and maintain a safe and clean workplace
  • Occupational health and safety activities are guided by the Safety Committee and Human Resources
  • Company-wide safety and health policies requiring every associate to comply with these policies as a condition of employment
  • Reducing or eliminating on-the-job injuries through prompt and thorough investigation of every accident to determine cause, correct the problem and reduce the likelihood of it occurring again
  • Associates, contractors and visitors have the responsibility to work safely and report hazardous conditions
  • Requirements that all associates comply with all local, state and federal safety and health regulation and laws
  • All suppliers to have systems in place to assess and control health and safety risks for their employees

Edwards is committed to a supply chain that is capable of providing continuity of garments while minimizing the total environmental footprint of our products. We have begun the journey to take steps necessary to preserve our natural resources.

Edwards Garment has been a part of the Kalamazoo community since 1867. The company and our associates work to contribute to a stronger community. Our involvement in philanthropic groups such as United Way, American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Portage Firefighters and the Great Lakes Burn Camp are just a few of the many non-profit charitable organizations we work closely with. Annually, Edwards donates garments to shelters throughout the community. In addition our associates volunteer their time and energies to build a stronger community in the areas that they reside.

In May 2018 Edwards Garment joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a group of nearly 200 global brands, retailers, and related organizations (non-profit environmental organizations, academic and scientific institutions) committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the apparel and textile industries. As part of its SAC membership, Edwards uses the groupís sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its supply chain. Learn more at Apparel Coalition