Manufacturer Code of Conduct

Date of Last Revision: October 24, 2021

Kafka, Inc. is committed to a standard of excellence in every aspect of our business that includes ethical, legal, and responsible conduct in all our operations. We expect these same commitments to be shared by any manufacturer of our products. At minimum, we require that a manufacturer of Kafka, Inc.’s products meet the following standards:

Employment Relationship
Employers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at minimum, ensure protection of their rights under national and international labor laws and regulations.

No person shall be subject to 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.

Female workers shall receive equal remuneration, benefits, treatment, and equal evaluation of the quality of their work, as well as equal opportunity to fill all positions available to male workers. Pregnancy tests shall not be a precondition to employment, nor shall they be required of existing employees. Workers who take maternity leave shall not face dismissal nor threat of dismissal, loss of seniority, or deduction of wages, and must be allowed to return to their former employment after such leave at the same rate of pay and benefits. Workers shall not be forced or pressured to use contraception. All appropriate accommodations should be provided to female workers in connection with pregnancy.

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 but not limited to: prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor.

Child Labor
No person shall be employed under the age of 16, or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher, even if local laws, norms, or regulations permit otherwise.

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 environment to employees in order to prevent accidents and injury, and to ensure the well-being of all employees. Employers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate any negative impact that the workplace has on the environment, even where no such measures are required under local laws, regulations, or norms.

Hours of Work
Employers shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the laws and regulations of the location of employment. Employers shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work must be consented to by the employee, and overtime work shall be compensated at a premium rate. In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall be compensated for overtime work at such overtime rate as is legally required in the location of manufacture or, where such laws do not exist, at a rate greater than the regular hourly compensation rate.

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, and shall comply with all legal requirements on wages including fringe benefits required by law or contract.