It is the policy of Lo + Jo Bands to provide our Code of Conduct, which will serve as a guide for proper business conduct for all team members. We expect all employees to observe the highest standards of ethics and integrity in their conduct. This means following a basic code of ethical behavior that includes the following:
Lo + Jo Bands and its employees must, at all times, comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Lo + Jo Bands will not condone the activities of employees who achieve results through violation of the law or unethical business dealings. Lo + Jo Bands does not permit any activity that fails to stand the closest possible public scrutiny.
All business conduct should be well above the minimum standards required by law. Accordingly, employees must ensure that their actions cannot be interpreted as being, in any way, in contravention of the laws and regulations governing the Lo + Jo Bands’ operations.
In accordance with Lo + Jo Bands’ customer demographic, one of our goals is to partner with associations that provide academic scholarships. To promote this philanthropic mission, Lo + Jo Bands offers various products from its online site which donate a percentage of sale price to select charitable organizations.
In addition to our financial philanthropy, Lo + Jo Bands has implemented an internal volunteer program. Volunteer time is included in every employees’ salary. Lo + Jo Bands dedicates one paid day of work each quarter to volunteer work in the local community.
Lo + Jo Bands has a daily commitment to increasing its philanthropic efforts and decreasing its carbon footprint by donating all unused materials to the local community – furthering our sustainable approach to collegiate fashion. All unused fabric and materials are donated to local sewing classes. In the third quarter of 2021, Lo + Jo Bands donated nearly 600 yards of fabric, of which thousands of masks were able to be made.
Respect for the Individual
Everyone deserves to work in an environment where we are treated with dignity and respect. Lo + Jo Bands is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the full potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to our business success.
Lo + Jo Bands is an equal employment/affirmative action employer and is committed to providing a workplace that is free of discrimination of all types from abusive, offensive or harassing behavior. Any employee who feels harassed or discriminated against should report the incident.
Ethical Labor Practices
Lo + Jo Bands prides itself on having a diverse and inclusive workforce of hardworking and passionate people. We believe that a happy and healthy workforce provides the best results for both the company and the employees. As a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), Lo + Jo Bands has committed to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and to the ten FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing. We believe successful employees are a result of a safe, healthy, and positive working environment. Through this code we work with our employees to provide an encouraging working environment. Lo + Jo Bands’ code of conduct protects our employees from any unfavorable working conditions and provides them the opportunity to speak with management about any concerns. For materials that we outsource, we ensure the companies we source from participate in fair labor trade as well.
Lo + Jo Bands has a zero tolerance policy for any discrimination in employment or among employees. All individuals are treated equally within Lo + Jo Bands and we do not tolerate discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, citizenship, marital status, family status, disability or any additional ground. This commitment to equal treatment applies to all interactions with individuals doing business with the organization, including recruitment, investment, divesture, promotion, training, transfer, discipline, termination, compensation, benefits and participation in all activities, events and programs sponsored by Lo + Jo Bands.
Forced Labor and Child Labor
Lo + Jo Bands strictly prohibits any form of forced or child labor or slavery including human trafficking, prison labor, indentured labor and bonded labor as stated in our Code of Conduct. No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. All forms of forced labor, child labor, slavery and human trafficking are included in our “zero tolerance” policy and are communicated with all members of Lo + Jo Bands’ supply chain.
Hours of Work
Lo + Jo Bands and its suppliers will not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Employers shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Employers shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.
Freedom of Association
In conformance with local law, Lo + Jo Bands shall respect the right of all workers to form and join trade unions of their own choosing, to bargain collectively and to engage in peaceful assembly as well as respect the right of workers to refrain from such activities. Workers shall be able to openly communicate and share ideas and concerns with management regarding working conditions and management practices without fear of discrimination, reprisal, intimidation or harassment.
Lo + Jo Bands expects its employees to conduct themselves in a businesslike manner. Employees must not engage in sexual harassment, or conduct themselves in a way that could be construed as such, for example, by using inappropriate language, keeping or posting inappropriate materials in their work area, or accessing inappropriate materials on their computer.
Privacy and Confidentiality
When handling financial and personal information about customers or others with whom Lo + Jo Bands has dealings, observe the following principles:
- Collect, use, and retain only the personal information necessary for Lo + Jo Bands’ business. Whenever possible, obtain any relevant information directly from the person concerned. Use only reputable and reliable sources to supplement this information.
- Retain information only for as long as necessary or as required by law. Protect the physical security of this information.
- Limit internal access to personal information to those with a legitimate business reason for seeking that information. Use only personal information for the purposes for which it was originally obtained. Obtain the consent of the person concerned before externally disclosing any personal information, unless legal process or contractual obligation provides otherwise.
Compliance with these principles is an essential element in our business success. Lo + Jo Bands management members are responsible for ensuring these principles are communicated to and understood and observed by all employees. Assurance of compliance is monitored and reported each year. Employees are expected to bring to management’s attention any breach or suspected breach of these principles. In addition, Lo + Jo Bands has implemented quarterly factory reviews to ensure each member of the supply chain is complying with Lo + Jo Bands’ corporate social responsibility standards. Violations of any kind are subjected to disciplinary measures and possible termination.