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Sweatshop Free Program Overview

Background

In October 2008, the Portland City Council passed the City of Portland Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy, which requires apparel contractors with City contacts at or beyond the formal contract dollar threshold to comply with the City's Code of Conduct for Apparel Contractors ["Code of Conduct"].  The Code of Conduct requires that contractors, and their supply chain partners utilized to supply apparel to the City, comply with labor and health & safety standards that ensure workers are not subjected to sweatshop conditions.

Contractor Requirements & Forms

As outlined in the City of Portland Sweatshop Free Policy Administrative Rules, prior to contract award, contractors shall complete and submit the "Full Compliance Worksheet & Declaration" form, verifying their compliance with the Code of Conduct.  If for some reason a contractor cannot be in full compliance by the time of contract award, then the contractor shall complete and submit the "Delayed Compliance Authorization Request" form and associated remediation plan for consideration by the Purchasing Agent and the City's Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy Oversight Committee ["Oversight Committee"].  Contractors requesting delayed compliance will not be awarded a contract until the Purchasing Agent and the Oversight Committee have approved the request.

Submitting Non-Compliance Complaints

Any person who wishes to register a complaint alleging that a contractor required to comply with these rules is not in compliance may do so by filling out the "Public Complaint Registration Form: Non-Compliant Contractor."

Complete information must be provided in order to register a complaint. To the extent permitted by state law, the City will maintain the confidentiality of all complainants who register a complaint pursuant to this provision (See, ORS Ch. 190, Oregon State Public Records Act). Complainants will have the opportunity to request confidentiality when registering their complaint. The City may seek reimbursement for any cost associated with investigating complaints if it is found to be in the City’s best interest to do so.

Public Disclosure of Compliance Information

Apparel contractor information and compliance status as it applies to the City's Sweatshop Free Procurement Policy is available for download under the "Resources" section of this page. See "Compliance Data" document.