Vendor Code of Conduct

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College of Charleston is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner consistent with its educational and public service mission, and to protecting and preserving the global environment. This Code is intended as an instrument for productive change, created through the cooperation and input from students, faculty and staff, and is established as a working document to guide vendors and institutional purchasers.

The College understands that vendors are independent entities, but the business practices and actions of a vendor may significantly impact and/or reflect upon us, our reputation and our brand, which is one of our most important assets.  Therefore, College of Charleston expects a deep commitment to legal compliance and ethical business practices by all of its vendors and licensees.


College of Charleston recognizes the following cardinal principles as the basis for effective performance under this Code of Conduct:


  • Safe working conditions
  • Commitment to fair wages
  • No forced labor
  • No child labor
  • Women’s rights
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Full public disclosure of factory addresses
  • Independent monitoring
  • Compliance with all applicable anti-corruption laws
  • Compliance with all applicable environmental laws
  • Honesty and truth in discussions with regulatory agency representatives and government officials


College of Charleston expects affiliated vendors and institutional purchasers to conduct their business in a manner consistent with these principles, and to follow workplace standards that adhere to this Code of Conduct