Questions for Office

GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • How many workers in the factory?

  • How many women? How many men?

  • What is factory's capacity

  • What is the peak season for the factory?

  • What other brands they work with?

  • What is the factory's turnover?

AUDITS

  • Have they ever had an audit?

  • If so what kind and when?

WAGES

  • What is the lowest wage in the factory?

  • As far as the factory are aware, does this wage comply with country law?

  • How are the workers paid?

HOURS

  • What hours is the factory open?

  • Is it shift work?

  • Do they work overtime? If so how much and how often?

  • Does the factory have an overtime policy? If so, request it to be emailed.

  • Is overtime voluntary?

  • Do workers have specified break times?

  • What holiday are workers entitled to?

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Do employees get a contract?

  • Do they hold on to workers ID cards?

CHILD LABOUR

  • What are their hiring policies?

  • What is the age of the youngest worker in the factory?

  • Do they ask for ID from prospective employees?

  • What proof do they have of workers age? Photocopy?

  • Have they ever employed young people before? How do they work with them? (This is people between the age of child, about 16 in most countries and18)

Questions for Factory

BUILDING SAFETY

  • Take a photo of the entrance of the building, getting the factory sign in if possible.

  • Is the building owned by the factory/supplier?

  • How many floors in the whole building?

  • How many floors does the factory occupy?

  • Does the building look structurally safe? Please photograph anything that looks unsafe.

  • Is it well lit? please photograph any areas not well lit.

FIRE SAFETY

  • Can you see any fire extinguishers?

  • Does it look like a sufficient number?

  • Are there clearly marked fire exits on each floor? Please photograph best and worst practice.

  • Are all fire exits unlocked and clear? Please photograph.

MACHINERY

  • Do the machines look well maintained? Please photograph best/worst practise

  • Are all workers using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where needed? Please photograph best/worst practise

FIRST AID

  • Does the factory have trained first aiders?

  • Are there well stocked, unlocked, in-date first aid boxes on every floor? Please photograph best/worst practise

FACILITIES

  • How many toilets are there?

  • Are the toilets separated between men and women?

  • Are the toilets clean, in good working order and private cubicles? Please photograph best/worst practise

  • Are workers allowed to visit the toilet when they need too?

  • Is there clean drinking water available for every worker? Please photograph best/worst practise

  • Are workers allowed to get water when they need too?

  • Is there anywhere for workers to eat their lunch? Is it clean/enough tables? Please photograph best/worst practise

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