Vendor Code of Conduct (part 1)

Per reader request, in this series of blog posts, I will provide in English a template (compliments of for the key terms and conditions that should be in a professional Vendor Code of Conduct for those who buy products in China. In the final installment of this series, I will offer some tips to improve the effectiveness of a Vendor Code of Conduct


Child Labor


Vendors shall not use child labor. “Child” is defined as a person who is not older than the local age for completing compulsory education but in no event is less than 15 years of age. Vendors must verify the age of their workers and maintain copies of their workers’ proof of age. Vendors must follow all applicable laws and regulations regarding working hours and conditions for minors.


Involuntary Labor


Vendor shall not use involuntary labor. “Involuntary Labor” is defined as work or service which is extracted from any person under threat or penalty for its non-performance and for which the worker does not offer himself or herself voluntarily.


Disciplinary Practices


Vendors shall not use corporal punishment or any other form of physical or psychological coercion or intimidation against workers.




Wishing you successful China sourcing!


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Written by Mike Bellamy – author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (


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