COC is reviewed and signed by all suppliers on an annual basis.
It is applicable to our entire value chain.
Whilst it is the responsibility of our suppliers to ensure the code is implemented, we take full responsibility of stakeholder engagement to help everyone understand what is required and how we can collectively execute.
If a supply chain partner cannot meet the code, we will work with them to correct any gaps and issues.
MAURIE + EVE will conduct randomised annual internal audits to ensure suppliers are upholding the COC.
The Code of Conduct
1: Employment is freely chosen
1.1 There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour
1.2 Workers are not required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice
2: Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
2.1 Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively
2.2 The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities
2.3 Worker representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace
2.4 Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining
3: Working conditions are safe and hygienic
3.1 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
3.2 Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
3.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided
3.4 Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.
3.5 The company observing the code shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative
4: Child labour shall not be used
4.1 There shall be no new recruitment of child labour
4.2 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 into quality education until no longer a child; "child" and "child labour" being defined in the appendices
4.3 Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions
4.4 These policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO standards
5: Living wages are paid
5.1 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
5.2 All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment. This includes particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid
5.3 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
6: Working hours are not excessive
6.1 Working hours must comply with national laws, collective agreements, and the provisions of 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever affords the greater protection for workers. 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labour standards
6.2 Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract and shall not exceed 48 hours per week*
6.3 All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be no less than 125% of the regular rate of pay
6.4 The total hours worked in any 7 day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by clause 6.5 below.
6.5 Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any 7 day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:
– This is allowed by national law;
– This is allowed by a collective agreement freely negotiated with a workers’ organisation representing a significant portion of the workforce;
– Appropriate safeguards are taken to protect the workers’ health and safety
– The employer can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies
6.6 Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every 7 day period or, where allowed by national law, 2 days off in every 14 day period
*International standards recommend the progressive reduction of normal hours of work, when appropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any reduction in workers’ wages as hours are reduced
7: No discrimination is practiced
7.1 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
8: Regular employment is provided
8.1 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice
8.2 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
9: No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
9.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.
10: No Corruption
10.1 No Corruption including bribery and extortion is accepted within the value chain
11: All supply chain partners should adopt a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
11.1 Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, a lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation
11.2 Utilising a precautionary systematic approach of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication in relation to environmental standards and commitments is expected
12: All supply chain partners should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
12.1 All entities in the value chain must ensure that activities in their own operations do not cause harm to the environment. This includes but not limited to:
– Responsible water usage
– Responsible chemical usage
– Responsible emission strategy
– Responsible waste strategy
13: Businesses should encourage the developments and adoption of new and innovative environmentally friendly technologies
14. Animal Welfare standards drawing off the OIE Five Freedoms and fibre specific animal welfare standards must be implemented and upheld