OUR PRINCIPLES

Our Principles are built on our values. Our values relate primarily to the worst forms of human exploitation – child labour, forced labour, slavery, and human trafficking; it also includes comprehensive protections of workers’ rights according to international standards.

Application of the Principles enables us to assess whether products are produced and services rendered under legal, safe, fair and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain. Our Principles require:

1. No Forced Labour or human trafficking

Acts of human trafficking, involuntary prison labour, indentured, bonded, slave or other forms of forced labour are prohibited within the business and its value-chain. To that end, businesses must not recruit, harbour, transport, provide, or obtain a person directly or through a third party for compelled labour through the use of force, fraud, coercion or as a means of debt repayment.  Workers are not required to provide deposits of value, including identity papers or passports, with their business and are able to leave the business after giving reasonable notice. Suppliers must monitor any third party which assists them to recruit/hire workers, to ensure that job seekers are not compelled to work through force, deception, intimidation, coercion, or as a punishment for holding/expressing political views, or have their original identification papers held by the third party.

2. No Child Labour

No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. Juvenile workers (ages 15-17) shall not perform work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out is hazardous and likely to compromise their health, safety, education, moral, or physical development. Businesses shall have a child labour policy in place, and establish programs to educate the child of their labour rights.

3. no discrimination

No worker shall be subject to any discrimination in any aspect of the employment relationship. A business shall make no distinction, exclusion or preference on the basis of personal characteristics that has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in employment or occupation. All employment decisions must be made based on the principle of equal employment opportunity, and shall include effective mechanisms to protect migrant, temporary or seasonal workers against any form of discrimination.

4. Access to grievance resoloution mechanisms

Workers must have access to effective grievance mechanisms. Businesses must conduct regular investigations of their value chains to highlight and prevent incidents of slavery. Businesses must also allow workers to report grievances without fear of penalty, dismissal or reprisal, and provide effective local remedy for stakeholders’ grievances related to any of slavefreetrade’s Principles. The grievance mechanism must include provision to refer grievances to external in/formal dispute resolution fora

5. safe & healthy workplace

Businesses must provide a safe and healthy workplace, and take effective measures to identify and prevent potential health and safety accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of business’s facilities. The business shall take a proactive approach to health and safety by implementing timely policies, systems and training designed to prevent accidents, injuries and protect worker health. Particular attention should be given to the health and safety requirements of migrant, foreign and other vulnerable workers.

6. Fair Pay & Hours

Workers must be paid promptly and fairly for their work. Compensation must be sufficient to meet the workers’ and their family’s basic needs, provide some discretionary income, comply with legal/contractual requirements and include fringe benefits. Businesses must not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed

7. Freedom of Association

Workers shall be free to join organisations, including unions, of their own choice. There shall be no negative consequences from the business if a worker chooses to join an organisation, including a union. Businesses shall also respect the right of workers to bargain collectively. If the rights to freedom of association or collective bargaining are restricted by law, the business shall support alternate means for the free and independent exercise of these rights for all workers.

8. employment relations and written contracts

All workers must have a legally binding written contract of employment, signed by the business and the worker that includes the: job description and duties; hours of work; rate of pay; overtime regulation; benefits under the relevant labour and social security legislation of the region; and the notice period for termination. The business must have in place written policies and procedures made available to all workers governing all aspects of the employment relationship. All workers, irrelevant of their title or classification, will receive the protection of national and international labour and social security laws and regulations arising under a regular business-worker relationship. These obligations will not be avoided by classifying a worker as an independent contractor or other non-worker.

9. Traceable & Transparent Supply Chains

Businesses must be able to trace and be transparent about all levels of the value-chain. This requires businesses to map and continuously track and monitor all locations in all levels of their value-chain (suppliers and sub-contractors). And, businesses must regularly publish on their websites the names, location and other details of the sites (owned and/or subcontracted) that made the inputs that were used in the production of the certified good.

10. dignity and respect

A business shall ensure that its workers are treated with dignity and respect. A business shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that no worker is subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse in connection with their work. A business shall facilitate access by slavefreetrade to its stakeholders in order to assess that its stakeholders are treated with dignity and respect.

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