Our team is fueled by a purpose-driven mindful lifestyle. It’s critical that our processes are the most ethical and eco-friendly, so that feeling good also means wearing good.

ENVIRONMENT

NLA offers several the Eco-friendly products and styles, but our commitment to the environment doesn't stop there. Our manufacturing waste initiatives reduce scrap fabric by 2+ million pounds per year, with millions of plastic bottles being recycled since the launch of our Sustainable Collection. Recently, we have engaged a 3rd party consultancy to conduct an ESG Materiality Assessment that will guide our ESG strategies in 2022 and beyond.

of Manufacturing waste saved in the last 24 months
Our new headquarters is a LEED platinum building
Plastic Bottles saved since the launch of our Sustainable collection

SOCIAL

Our Human Resources team conducts diversity, equity, and inclusion audits at least semi-annually to ensure equitable compensation and benefits as well as opportunities for employees and job seekers.

The company is planning to launch a philanthropic initiative in 2022 that is designed to focus our corporate giving effort while maximizing employee engagement.

CERTIFICATION

14 Product Testing Certifications - NLA

  • Repreve®, GRS Organic, CTN, etc.

WRAP Certification - Factories

  • 12 social responsibility principles, assuring safe, legal, and ethical manufacturing processes

Better Work Partnership – NLA & Factories

  • Work together with in-country reps

FLA Participating Company

  • Accreditation in 2023
Global Recycle Standard Logo
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production Logo
Fair Labor Association Logo
Better Work Logo

COMMITMENT

Our Commitment to Operational Excellence

At the forefront of our social responsibility and social compliance, is our commitment to our workers to implement the highest ethical standards of conduct and best quality practices in the USA and internationally.

We are relentless about partnering with suppliers who uphold the same high ethical standard; prioritize worker’s rights by ensuring working conditions in factories worldwide; administer and implement our Workplace Code of Conduct throughout our entire global supply chain.

More specifically, NLA is committed to upholding our Workplace Code of Conduct and FLA’s Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing throughout our entire global supply chain. We have made it our mission at Next Level Apparel to collaborate with the FLA and fellow affiliates to impr ove workers’ lives worldwide.

We’re also partners with Better Work on a factory, national and international level to improve working conditions and respect labor rights for workers, while boosting the competitiveness of apparel

Workplace Code of Conduct

At Next Level Apparel, we are committed to:

  • A standard of excellence in every aspect of our global business
  • Ethical and responsible conduct in all of our operations
  • Respecting the rights of all individuals throughout our global supply chain
  • Mitigating our negative impact on the environment

 

We expect these same commitments to be shared by all manufacturers of Next Level Apparel. Should any differences or conflicts arise in our supply chain, the highest standard will always apply. At a minimum, we require that all manufacturers of Next Level Apparel merchandise meet the following standards:

Employment Relationship

Employers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.

Nondiscrimination

No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

Harassment or Abuse

Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.

Forced Labor

There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor.

Child Labor

No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Health, Safety and Environment

Employers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting 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 employers’ facilities. Employers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.

Hours of Work

Employers shall 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.

Compensation

Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the worker’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Employers shall pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, each employer shall work with the FLA to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does.

Subcontracting

Manufacturers will not use subcontractors for the manufacture of Next Level Apparel’s merchandise or components thereof without Next Level Apparel’s express written consent, and only after the subcontractor has entered into a written commitment with Next Level Apparel’s to comply with this Code of Conduct.

For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Carly Gerstman, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Email: carlyg@nextlevelapparel.com
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