Edwards Garment relies on a global supply chain to develop and manufacture the branded product it brings to market. We have a solid commitment to work with manufacturing partners that promote fair labor practices, safe working conditions, and promote environmental sustainability. This commitment is expressed in the policies and procedures that guide our interactions with suppliers, as well as in our participation in organizations that are industry leaders in improving industry practices.

  • Child Labor - That no one under the legal minimum age is employed in any stage of manufacturing; that a minimum age of 16 applies in all circumstances.
  • Forced Labor - That no forced or prison labor is employed, that workers are free to leave once their shift ends and that guards are posted only for normal security reasons.
  • Harassment or Abuse - . Employees are treated with dignity and respect, and that no employee shall be subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
  • Wages and Benefits - Vendors must recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees' basic needs. Wage and overtime pay practices must comply with the standards set by law. Including the payment of compensation for overtime hours at such premium rates as is legally required in that country, but not less than at a rate equal to their regularly hourly compensation rate.
  • Working Hours and Overtime - That working hours must not exceed prevailing local work hours in the country where the work is to be performed, except with respect to appropriately compensated overtime; must not require in excess of a 60 hour week on a regularly scheduled basis; and must permit at least one day off in every 7 days
  • Health and Safety - Vendors shall provide a safe and healthy working environment for thier employees, and comply with or exceed all applicable local laws concerning sanitation and risk protection in order 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.
  • Vendor may not subcontract work without the express written permission of Edwards Garment, and then such subcontracting shall only be permitted to companies that abide by this Code of Conduct.
  • Failure to comply with the Code or to implement a corrective action plan on a timely basis is a breach of contract for which the contract may be cancelled.

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
  • Factories provide a safe and healthy working environment for their employees and comply with or exceed all applicable local laws concerning sanitation and risk protection.
  • Factory is properly lighted and ventilated, and that aisles and exits are accessible at all times.
  • There is adequate medical assistance available in emergencies, and that designated employees are trained in first aid procedures.
  • There are adequate and well-identified emergency exits, and that all employees are trained in emergency evacuation.
  • Protective safety equipment is available, and employees are trained in its use.
  • Safeguards and other protective equipment on machinery meet or exceed local laws.
  • There are adequate toilet facilities which meet local hygiene requirements, and that they are properly maintained.
  • There are facilities or appropriate provisions for meals and other breaks.
  • If a factory provides housing for its employees, it will ensure that dormitory rooms and sanitary facilities meet basic needs, are adequately ventilated and meet fire safety and other local laws.
  • Employees are treated with dignity and respect, and that no employee shall be subjected to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
  • Vendor will cooperate with local, national and foreign customs and drug enforcement agencies to guard against illegal shipments of drugs.
  • Vendor will recognize and respect the right of its workers to exercise lawful rights of free association, including joining or not joining any association.

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.

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.

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