Code of Conduct.

Version 1.1 | July, 2020.


Mey is the market-leading manufacturer of high-quality underwear for women and men in Europe. We design, produce and market our products with creativity, passion and an eye for detail. For us, innovation not only means creating something new, but also continuously improving products, our processes and ourselves.

As an owner-operated family enterprise, we place great value on the highest quality, innovation and sustainability across the entire production process since our establishment in 1928. We use particular care in selecting our raw materials and resources. Our value creation takes place predominantly in Germany. State-of-the-art production methods, the efficient use of resources and short transport routes are environmentally friendly.

However, it is not about achieving this goal at any cost. Equally important to us is how we achieve this goal. Tolerance, respect and trust are among the basic principles in daily dealings with each other. Problems need to be addressed openly and solutions are sought together. Only in this way, we can create a working atmosphere characterized by openness and fairness. Integrity in dealing with our employees, business partners, shareholders and the public is a key success factor. We want Mey to be perceived as a responsible and reliable company.

Formulating the "Code of Conduct" as a guide is not enough. Our Code of Conduct must be accompanied and supported by role models. Executives as role models, especially with their behavior, must ensure that employees understand and as well live the Code of Conduct with the behavioral requirements described therein.

This Code of Conduct is therefore an indispensable part of all business relationships and activities related to our products. It applies to all companies of the Mey Group as well as to all direct and indirect business partners. Our business partners are required to comply with the principles of this Code of Conduct.

“What drives us? Mainly our Aspiration. We are only happy when everything is perfect. And then we simply go one better.

Florian Mey | Managing partner

Law and order

The Mey group complies with the law and order of the respective countries in which it operates economically. In particular, in countries with weak state structures, Mey ensures that the principles set out in the Code of Conduct are adhered to. Compliance with the "Code of Conduct" is not only mandatory for the Mey Group, but is also mandatory for the business partners.

The current laws and regulations as well as minimum standards and the actual conventions of the ILO (http://www.ilo.org/global/lang--en/index.htm)/UN/FWF ( https://www.fairwear.org/) must be observed. In case of doubt, we prefer to neglect our goal rather than violate laws and rights.

Contribution to society

Mey sees itself as part of the society in which it operates. Mey contributes to their well-being, promotion and sustainable development through doing business. The Mey group considers the direct and indirect effects of business activities on society and the environment and strives to bring them into an appropriate balance of interests in economic, social and environmental terms. Mey respects and accepts the diverse legal, social, cultural and social backgrounds of the countries into which the value chain extends and recognizes their structures, customs and traditions. Insofar as these conflicts with the principles laid down here, Mey will enter into dialogue with its business partners and work towards understanding and acceptance.

Discrimination in employment

For each one of us, it is understood that the human rights need to be accepted and respected. Above all, this includes the protection of the personal dignity and privacy of each individual. Recruitment, wage policy, admittance to training programs, employee promotion policy, policies of employment termination, retirement, and any other aspect of the employment relationship shall be based on the principle of equal opportunities, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, political affiliation, union membership, nationality, social origin, deficiencies or handicaps. Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment, as well as verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation are not permissible for us. (ILO Conventions 100, 111, 143, 158 and 159)

Employment is freely chosen

There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour. (ILO Conventions 29 and 105) Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment. Younger workers shall be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programmes.

Child labour

There shall be no use of child labour within the Mey Group and our related suppliers. The age for admission to employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, not less than 15 years." (ILO Convention 138) "There shall be no forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour. [...] Children, in the age of 15-18 years old, shall not perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals and/or is performed during the night." (ILO Convention 182)

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognized. (ILO Conventions 87 and 98) If national laws or rules restrict the right of association and the right to collective bargaining, at least one free and independent association of employees must be guaranteed as an alternative.

Workers' representatives shall not be the subject of discrimination and shall have access to all workplaces necessary to carry out their representation functions. (ILO Convention 135 and Recommendation 143)

Working Hours

Hours of work shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven-day period and the right to resting breaks in every working day. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate. In exceptional cases defined by the ILO, the limit of working hours prescribed above may be exceeded, in which case overtime is permitted. (ILO Convention 1)

Fair payment

Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income. (ILO Conventions 26 and 131). Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted. Deductions shall never constitute an amount that will lead the employee to receive less than the minimum wage. Employees shall be adequately and clearly informed about the specifications of their wages including wage rates and pay period. Wages are to be paid in a timely manner, regularly, and fully in a legal tender.

Safe and healthy working conditions

A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, and best occupational health and safety practice shall be promoted, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Appropriate attention shall be paid to occupational hazards specific to this branch of the industry and assure that a safe and hygienic work environment is provided for. Effective regulations shall be implemented to prevent accidents and minimize health risks as much as possible (following ILO Convention 155). Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer is strictly prohibited.

Environmental protection

Protecting nature and the environment is a fundamental part of doing business. The Mey Group and any business partners must comply with the applicable environmental standards. They are also required to work continuously to prevent and reduce environmental pollution. Applicable procedures and standards for waste management, handling and disposal of chemicals and other hazardous substances as well as emissions and wastewater treatment shall be complied with. The protection and preservation of the natural foundations of life is to be taken into special account. Environmentally and socially responsible production must be supported.

Company and business secrets

Business and trade secrets, such as Inventions, new products or planned collections, as well as current sales figures, are valuable and must be treated confidentially because they secure our lead over our competitors. Therefore secret business information must be treated confidentially and do not pass it on without authorization. In return, the trade secrets of our competitors, business partners and customers shall be treated with respect. The secure storage of company information must be ensured at all times, including through technical aids. The duty of confidentiality also applies after termination of the employment relationship or the business relationship.

Truthfulness and Transparency

All information is subject to the criteria of truthfulness and transparency. In particular, records and reports must be complete, on an accrual basis, accurate and understandable. All employees are called upon to ensure a smooth and rapid exchange of information within the company. Knowledge relevant to the work to be done must not be falsified, selectively passed on or withheld from other areas, as long as this does not conflict with priority interests (e.g. secrecy and secrecy obligations or data protection provisions).

Data protection

Causing the high sensitivity of the entrusted personal data business partners, employees and shareholders they need to be protected them with all means at its disposal as well as through careful and responsible dealings. Any violation must be reported immediately to the responsible supervisor.


Complaints, indications, misuse or violations of this "Code of Conduct" may be reported to the Mey Group at csr@mey.com at any time. The message can also be made in anonymous form. The displaying person is requested to report only such complaints and information about which they are in good faith about the accuracy of the corresponding message. All business partners must guarantee to refrain from any disadvantageous measures or disciplinary measures against the notifying person.

Establishment of Grievance Mechanisms

It is our aspiration to be vigilant about any sort of human rights violation, in this way we can take appropriate countermeasures. We therefore established different complaint procedures for employees and external parties, to inform us of possible or actual violations of human rights. This is how we can reduce potential negative impact of our business activity early on.

We also accept complaints directly:
Complaints can be addressed anonymously to Mey via the e-mail address csr@mey.com.

However, we’re proud to say that we’ve been able to successfully prevent such risks. If you would like to receive more information about our risk management, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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