CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY SUMMARY
HYPE AND VICE CODE OF CONDUCT
This Code of Conduct and Ethics of Hype and Vice, LLC provides an ethical and legal framework for business practices and conduct to which all employees, officers and directors must adhere.
Building Trust and Credibility
As a brand that caters to young individuals and students it is essential for us to build trust and confidence in the company. Being upfront with our values establishes credibility with our customers. It is very important to us to display values of honesty and integrity to our customers.
Respect for the Individual
Respect for the individual is a key part of our Code of Conduct. Hype and Vice has created an environment where we treat everyone with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensure that all of the employees and management respect this point and provide a safe environment for all employees.
Hype and Vice is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to provide a workplace free of discrimination of any kind.
Hype and Vice operates in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including those regarding labor, worker health and safety and the environment.
No person should be employed in the company at an age younger than 16.
Our company is committed to provide fair working conditions to any worker. In addition, we are committed to monitor closely our suppliers and manufactures to make sure they comply with all of the necessary legal requirements in order to protect working conditions.
Our Corporate Responsibility officer is in charge of continual monitoring related to working conditions at our suppliers and manufacturers.
No person shall be subjected to any type of discrimination regarding: race, religion, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic group.
The company ensures that wages paid to employees are fair according to their job role . We are committed to meet the local industry minimum standards.
Each of us is responsible for knowing and adhering to the standards of this code of conduct. If there are any questions regarding this code of conduct they should be directed to the officers of the company. Violations of any kind are subjected to disciplinary measures and possible termination.
Hype & Vice is a company that believes the confluence of fair labor and ethical workplace are the foundation of a solid corporation and consumer facing brand. Taking responsibility in the activities that involve customers, employees, the environment, and community is the essential to the core of our company. Respecting and protecting our corporate responsibility as well as our code of conduct is key to our supply chain operations.
Sourcing fabrics, trim, and raw materials is just the beginning of a responsible and sustainable supply chain. At Hype & Vice we work hard to ensure the we start on the right foot by sourcing everything from the United States. We strongly believe that sourcing our materials locally helps flourish our economy and benefits our country. We are always working on finding suppliers that adhere with our values and share our ethical labor practices. Our purpose is to keep improving our supply chain and
find new partners that help us deliver the best products to our customers.
The manufacturers that we currently work with were selected based on our due diligence to find partners that share our values and integrity. As part of our effort to make sure our manufacturers comply with our fair labor standards, ethical practices, and working conditions we perform bimonthly supplier visits to check and review everything is working smoothly. We are committed to have a strong supply chain management that relies on the protection and accurate supervision of all our activities.
Commitment to Quality
As our founder has a B.A. in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising we define quality across the production of every part of a Hype & Vice garment (from sewing, printing, tagging and even packaging). Every product has a production story behind it. It all starts with the product development where we create the ideal product for each University. Based on our research we find the perfect fabric that is going to create a flawless fit. The materials we use are sourced
locally, with production in the United States. We test the materials and evaluate the fabrics before we create samples. After samples are made we adjust for fit and sizing. And finally, when everything meets our expectations, we proceed to production. The key of our supply chain is be sure that every step of the production takes the necessary time and effort to provide the required results that meet our brand standards. We are a detail-oriented company that monitors the sourcing, manufacturing
and printing from start to finish to ensure the very best quality our customers deserve.
Ethical Labor Practices
Hype and Vice is a company committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethical labor practices and we expect these standards to be embraced both internally and by all of our external partners and vendors. This practice is demonstrated from the top-down at Hype & Vice, where workers are treated with respect and paid fairly in accordance with all laws set forth by the United States of America.
Choosing our factories and the suppliers we work with is the first step towards building a responsible company. We developed a system to find our partners we work with based on the following:
1- Evaluate the compatible values that we share and determine the potential to work together
2- Confirm a healthy environment for the employees that comply with the workers’ rights and standards
1. Assess the internal code of conduct of the factory to see if it meets our expectations we require of partners
2. Decide if the ethical practices that the manufacturer has are compatible to the ethical practices we have
3. Make sure they deliver a quality product in the working schedule we provide them
4. Research workers’ rights included but not limited to - compensation, wages, child labor, harassment, hours of work, health and safety, employment relationships, and overtime wages
5. Due diligence of proper ethical, code conduct, and workers’ rights practices to determine how we can work together and together to reach our mission
Any violation of these standards by someone within our company or at an external vendor would
immediately result in a quick solution or severed relationship.
Hype & Vice makes all products the U.S., strengthening the American workforce and economy.
Coinciding with the 2018 football season, Hype & Vice plans to create a direct relationship between the brand’s clothing and a myriad charitable causes. In accordance with our brand and customer demographic, our goal is to partner with associations that provide academic scholarships to low-income students.
To promote this philanthropic mission, Hype & Vice will offer various products from its e-commerce site which will donate a flat percentage of the sale price to select charities.
In addition to our financial philanthropy, Hype & Vice plans to establish an internal volunteering program for employees to participate in community schools in the Los Angeles area by teaching, tutoring, and organizing activities.
Hype & Vice is a member of the Fair Labor Association. Our certification provides transparency and assurance that our objective is to always focus on the integrity and ethical practices in our supply chain. Being accredited by the FLA means you are responsible and accountable for random audits to the manufacturing facilities.
During audits, fair labor assessors ensure everything is working correctly. In case there is growth opportunity in some areas they provide an improvement plan to make sure our standards meet their expectations. Our FLA accreditation is the heart of our corporate responsibility program since it ensures the dedication to surpass the expectations of the program.
We are committed to take every training available at the fair labor online program in order for our company to always keep improving.
The impact of having a strong corporate responsibility program is taking care of everyone and everything that surrounds our company.