Respect for human rights is a standard of conduct required of all Partners wherever they operate.
Non-discrimination policy : Employees must be treated fairly and equitably. No form of discrimination is acceptable, including discrimination on grounds of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, nationality, social or ethnic origin, in terms of hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion or dismissal.
Child labour : Work by children under the age of 15 is strictly prohibited. Child labour refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially and/or morally dangerous or harmful to children, or that unduly hinders their educational needs.
Forced labour : No one shall be required to perform forced labour, whether obtained under the threat of physical punishment, confinement of employees, sanctions, withholding identity documents or any other coercion. All workers are entitled to accept or leave their employment freely.
Working hours : The Partner shall ensure that its employees work under conditions that comply with all applicable laws and mandatory industry standards with respect to the number of hours and days worked. The limit set by the International Labour Organization must in all cases be applied.
Compensation : Wages and benefits in accordance with applicable laws and mandatory collective bargaining agreements, including those relating to overtime and other compensatory payments, must be paid to employees on a regular and documented basis. Illegal, unjustified and/or disciplinary deductions from wages are unacceptable.
Harassment and sexual abuse : Each employee’s personal life is sacrosanct and must be respected in the workplace. Psychological or physical harassment, psychological and/or physical pressure, as well as humiliating disciplinary sanctions, are strictly prohibited.
Right to freedom of association and collective bargaining : Respect for the right of employees to freedom of association is fundamental. All employees shall have the right to create or join labour organisations of their choice without penalty or discrimination, and to express their legitimate grievances and concerns to their management.
Occupational health and safety : Safe and healthy working conditions must be guaranteed to employees at all times. Risk assessments, procedures and trainings must be carried out to detect and mitigate as much as possible any hazards that constitute a risk to the health and safety of staff.
Security : The Partner must ensure the security of its employees, agents, subcontractors and visitors. The Partner shall assess security risks and implement measures to protect intellectual property rights and prevent product theft, damage or substitution on and off site or in transit. Partners who use security staff must ensure security in an efficient and responsible manner, in compliance with human rights.