||Ethics we only work suppliers and
factories who meet the ethical and environmental standards demanded by today's consumer.
We will outline the standards of conduct and behaviour, which we
see as fundamental in our procurement of merchandise.
SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS We seek to develop long term
business relationships with our suppliers who should have a natural respect for our
ethical standards in the context of their particular culture. Our relationships with
suppliers are based on the principals of fair and honest dealings to all others, with whom
they do business, including employees, sub-contractors and other third parties.
- We have specific requirements relating to employment
conditions based on a respect for fundamental human rights.
- Wages, hours of work & entitlements: Conditions,
such as minimum wages, overtime, hours of work and sick pay must be fully compatible with
local custom and practice and must comply with all local laws.
- Child labour: Exploitation of child labour or any other
vulnerable group is totally unacceptable. Suppliers must not employ any person under the
minimum legal working age applicable to their country and under no circumstances to employ
anybody below 14 years of age.
- Forced labour: We will not tolerate forced
labour, bonded labour or labour which involves physical or mental abuse. This means
suppliers must not use or threaten workers with any physical punishment, or dominate or
restrain workers by force authority or threats.
- Health and safety: Suppliers must ensure they abide by
all local laws relating to health and safety in the workplace and residentially where
facilities are provided . It is imperative that any amendments to these laws are
implemented and that all standards of health and safety are maintained at the forefront of
local custom and practice.
- First Aid: It is a requirement that adequate provision
for first aid exists for all suppliers.
- Working Conditions: We expect adequate working
facilities to be provided for all workers specifically:
Suppliers are expected to adhere to all local laws
with respect to protection of the environment. It is a joint responsibility of Shelsham
Trading Co Ltd and our suppliers to actively work to improve the environment and to
proactively pursue any local initiatives that bring about that improvement.
DISCLOSURE AND INSPECTION
We require suppliers to make full disclosure to us of all
facts and circumstances concerning production, use of sub-contractors and the use of other
- Monitoring: We will ensure that standards of compliance
on the part of our own employees and suppliers are actively audited and monitored and are
an integral part of the day to day management process.
- Sanctions: If any supplier is found to be in breach of
this Code of Conduct and is not prepared to take corrective action, we will not hesitate
to end our business relationship including the right to cancel any orders without recourse
- Awareness & Training: We will take all necessary
steps to ensure that our employees and suppliers are made fully aware of our standards and
requirements. We will take all necessary actions to promote full understanding and
co-operation with the aims and objectives of this code.
- Development of the code: We will ensure that the code
is reviewed on a regular basis and revised where necessary. All employees and suppliers
will be invited to contribute towards the further development of the Code over time.