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Ethical Sourcing Program

Mark's Work Wearhouse (Mark's) has an established track record of acting in a socially responsible manner. For example, we have been engaged in auditing offshore factories that make our products for many years, through a combination of third-party audits, internal assessments and factory self-assessments.

Our goal through continuing to build our social compliance process is to deliver on our Clothes that Work™ strategy where we sell quality apparel and footwear in work, work-related, casual and active-wear categories, as well as health-care and business-to-business apparel.

Since 2004, Mark's began implementation of a comprehensive Supplier Code of Business Conduct (the Code) through our parent organization Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (CTC). The Code sets standards for a wide-range of important matters including compliance with laws, wage and benefits, working conditions, the use of child or forced labour, sub-suppliers and human rights. Mark's then completes social compliance audits, mainly with our partner Bureau Veritas (BV) (www.bureauveritas.com), based on BV's audit standards (Mark's Standard Code Provisions), which follow the International Labour Organizations (ILO) base standards. Through CTC, we are also involved as a founding member of the organization Canadian Retailers Advancing Responsible Trade, committed to furthering responsible trade and ending unacceptable conditions for workers around the world. Mark's is also a founding member of Fair Factories Clearing House (FFC), founded in 2004 to create a global clearinghouse for factory information and social compliance audit reports, and provided seed funding to this organization.

Mark's requires supplier certification of the Code, which carries with it an assessment, monitoring and enforcement regime. In addition, the Social Compliance Officer, independent of the buying and merchandising team, administers the process, policies and reporting.

For more information, please contact Mark's Social Compliance Officer:
socialcompliance@marks.com

Related links:

Fair Factory Clearing House:
www.fairfactories.org

Canadian Retailers Advancing Responsible Trade:
www.retailcouncil.org/advocacy/csr/issues/rtc/crart_audit_nov04.pdf


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