Society of Lifestyle is aware that homeworkers are part of our supply chain, and that many people and communities can benefit from homeworking. Being able to work from your home, can be a true advantage for many otherwise marginalised groups. The majority of homeworkers are women and through the financial income they become empowered and can balance work and family. The concept of homeworking is also beneficial for rural areas to bring employment and economic benefits to these poorer areas.
Therefore, Society of Lifestyle has a positive attitude towards the use of homeworkers, given that the suppliers will work with us to ensure traceability and transparency and improve the work conditions and livelihoods of the homeworkers. High-risk supply chains where middlemen restrict transparency are not accepted.
Homeworkers are workers, who work from their home or in other premises outside of the factory.
Conditions and requirements
Society of Lifestyle acknowledge that working conditions are difficult to monitor as the workers are not working from the premises of a registered business, with implemented health and safety standards. It can therefore be a challenge to ensure health and safety as well as labour rights. However, we expect our suppliers to pay special attention to these vulnerable workers in our supply chain.
As a supplier to Society of Lifestyle we strongly encourage you to commit to:
- Adopt a policy of acceptance towards homeworking and ensure decent working conditions, human rights and labour rights of homeworkers.
- Working to address the needs and rights of homeworkers.
- Engage and collaborate with wider stakeholders to address challenges faced by homeworkers at the community level.
- That terms and conditions around employment of homeworkers are legally compliant, clearly defined and communicated to the homeworkers.
- That, children working within their families to learn family crafts or skills are supported, provided it does not deprive them their opportunity to attend mandatory school, sufficient time to play or in any other way conflicts with the best interest of child.