AJ & CO ETHICAL & SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
AJ & Co’s engagement with consumers, expresses the utmost importance on social responsibility. It guides us in operating with the highest standards of business ethics and respect for human rights.
We work with great people and we care for their well-being. It isn’t only that, we care how we do business, who we do business with, and how people are treated when they’re working. These values help us ensure we and our suppliers act responsibly and are adhering to providing safe, legal and humane working conditions.
I. EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP:
Suppliers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labour and social security laws and regulations.
II. HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Suppliers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of suppliers’ facilities. Conditions must be safe, clean and meet or exceed requirements of all applicable laws and regulations relating to health and safety.
Suppliers shall take a proactive approach to health and safety by implementing policies, systems and training designed to prevent accidents, injuries, protect worker health and help workers perform their jobs safely. (ILO Convention 155)
III. ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOUR:
No worker shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the local mandatory school education age, 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 likely to compromise their health, safety or morals. (ILO Convention 138 and 182)
IV. ELIMINATION OF FORCED LABOUR:
There shall be no use of forced labour, including prison labour, indentured labour, slave labour, and bonded labour. (ILO Conventions 29, 105, 182)
Suppliers shall ensure every worker has freedom of movement and the right to leave or enter work voluntarily. This includes a prohibition on the use of recruitment fees in hiring employees.
V. PROHIBITION OF HARASSMENT AND ABUSE:
Every worker shall be treated with respect and dignity; not subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
VI. PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION:
No worker shall be subject to any discrimination in any aspect of their employment, on the basis of race, religious belief, colour, gender, pregnancy, childbirth, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical or mental disability, medical condition, illness, genetic characteristics, family care, marital status, caste, socio-economic situation, political opinion, union affiliation, ethnic group, illness any other classification protected under applicable law.
All employment decisions (including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination and retirement) must be made based on the principle of equal employment opportunity. (ILO Conventions 100 and 111)
VII. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING:
Every worker shall be free to join organisations (including independent unions) of their own choice. Suppliers shall recognise and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining. All suppliers shall develop and fully implement effective grievance mechanisms which resolve internal industrial disputes, employee complaints, and ensure effective, respectful and transparent communication between employees, their representatives and management. (ILO Conventions 87, 98 and 135)
VIII. WAGES AND COMPENSATION:
Every worker has a right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the worker’s basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Employers shall pay wages which equal or exceed
minimum wage, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law and/or contract. (ILO Conventions 26 and 131)
In addition to compensation for regular working hours, employees must be compensated for overtime hours at the rate legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a premium rate. (ILO Convention 1 and 30)
IX. HOURS OF WORK:
Suppliers shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the applicable law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular work week shall not exceed the maximum allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. Employers shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual. Employers shall not request overtime hours on a regular basis. The sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed the maximum allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. (ILO Convention 1).
Suppliers shall comply with all applicable customs laws safeguarding against the illegal shipment of products.
Suppliers shall maintain security procedures to guard against the introduction of non-manifested cargo.
Suppliers shall adopt reasonable measures to mitigate the negative impact that their operations have on the environment. Environmental policies and standards must comply with all applicable environmental laws. This includes proper storage and disposal of hazardous substances, and efforts towards the minimisation of energy consumption and waste as well as the optimisation of natural resources and recycling.