Sustainability means business structure as much as it means environmental practices.
At Lola Jeans we understand that running a sustainable brand is a lot more than saving water. If we strive to be sustainable then we imply that we produce denim with as low an impact on the environment as possible and uphold the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness in all our business dealings.
Our jeans are made in Istanbul at a factory with an excellent reputation for quality and care of workers’ rights. Lola Jeans team members personally visit the factory during sampling and production and engage 3rd party auditors to trace our supply chain.
If everyone from the cotton farmer to the end consumer is treated with respect, then we are building a brand that we can be proud of. The people we work with become part of our denim family and they are all asked to review and agree to this code of conduct before we begin working together.
Code of Conduct
This code of conduct is required for all Lola's partners including vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, factories, agents, PR, and anyone who works with Lola directly or indirectly. All persons and businesses are expected to comply with this Code of Conduct on top of the laws of their countries. This Code of Conduct is to be made visible by all people working at Lola at any given time.
All Vendors and Manufacturers shall adhere to rules and regulations that ensure conditions of employment respect workers and provide security over their rights under local, national, and international labor laws.
Child Labor and Forced Labor
No one under any circumstances will be employed under the age of fifteen or under the age of completion of compulsory education. Workers under the age of 18 will not work or be put in circumstances that compromise their health or safety. No person or business working with Lola in any capacity will make any use of forced or involuntary labor practices.
Any person or business working with Lola in any capacity may not discriminate in any aspect during any employment relationship extending to the recruitment phase training or any other situation. There will be absolutely no tolerance for discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, skin color, age, nationality, political preference, marital status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other local and international law protected classification. This will extend to employment conditions being extended to equal opportunity including temporary or seasonal workers from any form discrimination.
Harassment and Abuse
All employees and contractors will be treated with respect and dignity. No one shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse or to any fines as disciplinary action.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees. All suppliers must provide safe working conditions with the goal of preventing accidents and injuries to health and wellbeing arising from or occurring during work. All suppliers must comply with all health and safety laws of the countries in which they operate including work environment safety and sanitation.
Wages & Benefits
Suppliers and vendors will adhere to regular work and overtime hours allowed by the country where the workers are employed. All overtime work will be voluntary and free from reprisal if declined. Overtime will be paid in accordance with local labor law. This can be verified in their BSCI and Sedex audit reports.
Employers must provide payment, which is equal or exceeds minimum wage, whichever is higher and provide any benefits required by law or specific contracts.
Our suppliers and manufacturers share our vision of sustainability and dedication to producing clothes with as low an impact as possible.
Our suppliers must be Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) members and follow their standards for chemical restrictions, safety labeling, handling and storage of approved substances while preventing or mitigating the release of hazardous chemicals or materials.
Our suppliers are required to publicly disclose their testing results through the ZDHC platform. Facilities shall continuously monitor and disclose to Lola, their energy, natural resource usage, emissions, discharges, carbon footprint and disposal of wastes. Suppliers must maintain written environmental policies and standards and comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations where they conduct business.
Lola does not allow subcontracting. Any vendor, supplier and manufacturer wishing to engage in subcontracting must first communicate this desire to Lola and have Lola present this code of conduct for approval and adherence confirmation before any subcontracting work begins.
A Collective Contribution
We strive to positively impact the lives of all who touch our jeans. From the people who buy our jeans to the people who make our jeans. From the people who weave our fabrics all the way back to the people who were responsible for farming the cotton.
There are many pillars you have to adhere to as a brand, and we do not claim to be perfect, but we are constantly learning and innovating and applying the best available practices to everything we do. By adhering to this code of conduct, we collectively contribute to the success, reputation, and sustainability of Lola Jeans.