E R Garrett recognise the responsibility that we share with our suppliers to source products in an ethical manner. We want our customers to be confident that the people who make our products are treated fairly, are not exploited and are not exposed to unsafe working conditions.
E R Garrett expect all our suppliers to have their own ethical processes and policies in place throughout their supply chain as part of our commitment to ethical trading.
E R Garrett will, as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that they, their suppliers and their sub-contractors, comply with the requirements of this policy.
- Employment is freely chosen
There is no forced, bonded, or involuntary prison labour. Workers are not required to leave deposits or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided. Adequate steps will be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work. Access to welfare facilities will be provided to include clean toilets, fresh water and facilities for food storage.
- Child labour shall not be used
Child labour will not be recruited under any circumstances. Companies shall develop or participate in programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour, to enable that child to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child. Young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
- Living wages are paid
Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week must meet; at a minimum, National Legal Standards.
Workers shall be made aware of their employment conditions in writing.
- Working hours are not excessive
Working hours shall comply with National Laws. Workers shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7-day period. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate or with time off in lieu of the extra hours worked.
- No discrimination is practiced
There shall be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race (including colour, nationality or ethnic origin), religion, belief, age, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of a recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Physical abuse, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment, verbal abuse or any other form of intimidation is prohibited. The provisions of this policy constitute the minimum and not the maximum standards expected.