Vendor Code of Conduct

EDGE Marketplace’s Vendor Code of Conduct outlines standards for conducting business in an ethical, lawful and responsible way. In accordance with these standards, EDGE Marketplace has established this Vendor Code of Conduct to ensure companies selling products using the EDGE Marketplace are committed to the same principles. 

Sellers, their employees, agents, and subcontractors (collectively referred to as “Vendors”) may enter into agreements with EDGE Marketplace to use our platform to sell goods in accordance with our Seller Terms and Conditions. All Vendors are required to comply with this Code of Conduct. In rare circumstances, EDGE Marketplace may allow minor non-compliance with this Code of Conduct if EDGE Marketplace identifies sufficient compensating controls in place to reasonably ensure legal compliance. EDGE Marketplace expects Vendors to have strong corporate governance in place to support their compliance with this Code of Conduct. EDGE Marketplace may audit a Vendor upon reasonable notice to help confirm compliance with this Code of Conduct. EDGE Marketplace reserves the right to discontinue a Vendor relationship in the event they are found to be acting unlawfully or in violation of this Code of Conduct or any applicable EDGE Marketplace policy. 

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Contracts with Customers: As set out in the Seller Terms and Conditions, the contract for the sale of goods is formed between the Vendor and customers. It is therefore the Vendors responsibility to ensure that they provide customers with all relevant contractual information on their Shopfront, for example the information required by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. The Vendors must ensure that they do not adopt any practices that would be considered unfair by the unfair contract terms legislation. If you have any concerns, we recommend that you seek independent legal advice.

Anti-Corruption: Never give or offer anything of value to gain an improper advantage, whether it be in dealings with government officials or the private sector. Vendors are required to comply with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and codes relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption including but not limited to the Bribery Act 2010. 

Antitrust: Do not participate in any anti-competitive conduct such as discussing or exchanging competitively sensitive information or agreeing to geographic markets, customers or pricing with competitors. Vendors are required to comply with all applicable antitrust and fair competition laws including but not limited to the Competition Act 1998.

Labor Practices

Anti-harassment and Unlawful Discrimination: Provide equal opportunity employment and maintain a respectful work environment that is free of discrimination, violence harassment, and intimidation. Vendors shall comply with all applicable legislation including the Equality Act 2010 at all times.

Human Rights: Respect human rights, provide fair working conditions and prohibit forced, compulsory, or child labor, including complying with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations from time to time in force including but not limited to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Compensation: Provide compensation (including overtime and benefits) that at a minimum, complies with local laws. Suppliers must pay their employees in a timely manner and provide documentation detailing the basis of their pay (e.g., paystub). 

Parental Leave: Abide by all applicable laws pertaining to parental leave, and offer paid benefits that are gender inclusive when possible.

Freedom of Association: Abide by all applicable laws pertaining to freedom of association and collective bargaining. 

Environmental Protection

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations: Abide by all applicable laws for hazardous materials, air emissions, waste, and wastewater discharges. 

Ecological Footprint: Conduct business in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner, including: resource-efficient consumption of energy, water and other natural resources, minimizing waste and diversion from landfills, and reducing harmful chemical use.

Protection of Data, Intellectual Property, and Assets

Data Protection: Protect confidential and proprietary information of EDGE Marketplace, EDGE Marketplace employees, members, and others with whom we do business. Information should be protected in accordance with the provisions in the Seller Terms and Conditions, UKGDPR, The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Protect EDGE Marketplace’s Intellectual Property and Assets: Protect and use EDGE Marketplace’s intellectual property and tangible assets responsibly. EDGE Marketplace’s intellectual property (including name, logo, trademarks, etc.) and tangible assets should only be used as permitted in the Seller Terms and Conditions and only when authorized to do so by EDGE Marketplace.