Ethical Trading Policy
Stress-shapes.com believe that all workers should be treated to a satisfactory standard therefore we aim to follow the conditions of employment set out below. These conditions set out the minimum labour standards that we expect our suppliers to comply with. Suppliers will be given a reasonable time frame in which to meet these conditions.
The conditions laid out below include; -
- A safe working environment
- Child Labour
- Working hours
- Equal opportunities
- Regular employment
- Fair treatment
Biblio Products does not accept the use of bondage workers, prisoner or illegal immigrants or child labour. A child is a person under the age of 15 with the exception of developing countries where the minimum is age is 14.
In addition to the below please find attached our Social Buying Conditions which briefly analyise the below conditions, these are to be signed and returned to ourselves upon agreement.
1.1 A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
1.2 Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
1.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
1.4 Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.
1.5 The company observing the code shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative.
2.1 There shall be no new recruitment of child labour.
2.2 Companies shall develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child; "child" and "child labour" being defined in the appendices.
2.3 Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
2.4 These policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO standards.
3.1 Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.
3.2 All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.
3.3 Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted without the expressed permission of the worker concerned. All disciplinary measures should be recorded.
4.1 Working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.
4.2 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 7 day period on average. 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.
5.1 There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
6.1 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
6.2 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, sub- contracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.
7.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.
All staff at Stress-shapes.com abides to these conditions to the best of their ability.
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