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Statement of Social Responsibility

Barker Specialty Company (BSC) has a tradition of conducting its business in an ethical manner that reflects respect for the public franchise under which we operate. As an international business, BSC is concerned with the worldwide state of human rights and environmental degradation.

BSC will choose vendors that allow us full knowledge of the facilities used in their production. Our vendors utilize third party audit companies to ensure their business partners are socially compliant with all applicable international and local laws.

Any effort to suppress any of these standards will be met with strong objection. BSC will take into account any such actions on the part of vendors and factories when evaluating our business relations as our pledge to uphold these standards.

Safe and Healthy Workplace

BSC will choose vendors who provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with local laws.

Child Labor

BSC will choose vendors who take a strong stance against the use of child labor. Vendors are expected to comply with local and international laws in defining the term "Child". BSC will not knowingly partner with vendors that use the labor of persons under the age of 14 regardless of the law of the country.

Forced or Compulsory Labor

BSC will not knowingly work with vendors that use forced or other compulsory labor in the manufacture of products intended for our Customers.

Disciplinary Practices

BSC will not knowingly use vendors who use corporal punishment or other forms of mental or physical coercion.

Discriminatory Practices

BSC recognizes and respects cultural differences found in the worldwide marketplace. However, BSC believes that workers should be employed on the basis of their ability to carry out duties of a particular job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. BSC will choose vendors who share this belief.

Working Hours and Overtime

BSC will choose vendors who do not require more than 50-hour work weeks on a regularly scheduled basis, except for appropriate compensated overtime in compliance with local laws.

Fair Wages

BSC will choose vendors who share our commitment to the betterment of wage and benefit levels that address the basic needs of workers and their families so far as possible in light of national practices and conditions.