Vendor Code of Conduct (part 4)

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



Legal Requirements


Vendors shall comply with all legal requirements applicable to the conduct of their businesses, including those set out above.


Monitoring of Compliance


Vendors authorize Buyer and its principals to conduct scheduled and unscheduled inspections of Vendors’ facilities for the purpose of ensuring compliance with this Code of Conduct. During these inspections, Buyer and its principals shall have the right to review all employee-related books and records maintained by Vendors and to interview workers.


Corrective Action


When violations are found, Buyer and the Vendor concerned will agree on a corrective action plan that eliminates the problem in a timely manner. If it is determined that a Vendor is knowingly and/or repeatedly in violation of this Code of Conduct, Buyer and its principals shall take appropriate corrective action, which may include cancellation of orders and/or termination of business with the Vendor in question.


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 (


  1. Mike Bellamy, with CSIC on January 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    thanks for your comments. If you happen to have any points in your vendor CoC that are missing in mine, let’s share them. I’m always looking to learn from our readers and improve my templates.


  2. Vanessa Mumford on December 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Thank you for sharing these tips regarding the Vendor code of conduct. I believe it is important that everyone in the business world should follow a certain code of conduct, in order for them to do their business well without any problems.

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