Leotex International

ETHICAL, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Our ethical/social accountability requirements are broadly based on the 8 principles of the Standard Social Accountability 8000. We believe that supplier's business methods should meet the best ethical standards achievable, and that their employees should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect and without discrimination of any kind. Working conditions should be safe and acceptable and demonstrate care and concern for people and the environment. While we realize that our aims will not be met immediately, we recognize that we have a joint role to play in achieving continuous improvement. All suppliers must sign this Ethical, Social and Environmental Document as a commitment to achieving our standards. In addition, reviews of key supplier's operations may be conducted at our discretion and any ensuring corrective or preventative actions necessary will be completed within an agreed timescale. Suppliers must also agree to allow independent inspectors to visit their places of work (including sub-contractors premised and other off-site work areas, as appropriate), in order that factory conditions be reviewed first hand and compliance with this policy assessed. Ultimately, we would encourage our key suppliers to become compliant with the Social Accountability Standard SA 8000. Should any supplier continually fail to meet our standards, this would result in the termination of our business relationship.

The ethical/social accountability requirements are as follows: -
  1. Child Labour
    No use of child labour and therefore no workers under the age of 18, It is the company's policy not to engage in or support the use of child labor (under the age of 18 years). This includes employees who are employed on contract basis as well for a specific job.
  2. Forced Labor
    No forced labour, including prison or bondage labour; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters. .
  3. Health & Safety
    Provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health & safety worker training; system to detect threats to health & safety; access to bathrooms and potable water.
  4. Disciplinary Practices
    No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse
  5. Freedom of Association & Right to Collective Bargaining
    Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining.
  6. Working Hours
    Compliance with applicable laws and industry standards is necessary; the normal workweek not (on regular basis) to exceed 48 hours; personnel to have at least one day off in every seven day period; overtime work not to exceed 12 hours per employee per week.
  7. Remuneration
    Wages for standard working week to meet at least legal or industry minimum standards; wages and benefits composition to be detailed clearly for workers

HUMAN RIGHTS

Suppliers are reminded of their duty to observe Human Rights obligations in their dealings as may from time to time be in force

ENVIRONMENT

Suppliers and their partners shall minimize adverse effects on the environment and demonstrate commitment to ensuring continuous improvement in terms of their environmental performance.

Suppliers shall be environmentally conscious in particular:
  • In the use of recyclable materials
  • Reducing waste
  • Disposing of toxic material safely and cleanly
  • Using production processes designed to eliminate hazardous waste
  • Using renewable energy sources where possible

 

HR Manager