Honesty and transparency to all stakeholders in the project are important values that we not only advocate, but bring in practice as well. We expect the same from our partners. Our mission is leading us. We are committed to support companies to improve their performance and expand their business in developing countries and emerging markets.
We strongly believe that this will contribute to economic developments, the employment and the position of minorities. Our work is governed by our Corporate Social Responsibility policy (CSR policy).
We are aware that in many developing countries and emerging markets the issue of CSR needs special attention, in terms of sustainability of production, care for the environment, animal welfare and social behaviour towards staff and suppliers. This means considerate and appropriate behaviour towards local rural communities and pressing issues, such as land grabbing, must be attended.
We stand for making conscious choices within the triangle People Planet and Profits and make this an integral part of our services. We understand that also for our clients, it is important to realize the importance of traceability and accountability in this respect. We will therefore advise our clients to include CSR in their policy.
We understand that in many emerging markets cultural differences imply a different understanding of CSR issues than ours and that a right balance must be sought. However, there are issues on which we do not accept any tolerance, including worker safety, child- and forced labour and pollution.
In all projects we will be involved in, the following principles should be addressed as a guideline. Concerning first of all the business / company that is being established, but secondly also suppliers to that company as chain partners.
Conditions at the workplace
- Forced labour
No forms of forced- or involuntary labour shall take place. No deposit of identity papers to an employer shall take place.
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining (ILO conventions)
Employees shall have the right to bargain collectively or to join unions.
- Child labour
Children under the age of 18 shall not engage in labour that is hazardous to their health or safety and are excluded from night work.
Children under the age of 15 shall not engage in labour that may be detrimental to their education.
There shall be no discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, trade union membership or political affiliation.
Measures shall be established to protect employees from discrimination on these grounds.
Workers with the same experience and qualifications shall receive equal pay for equal work.
- Harsh or inhumane treatment
Physical or sexual abuse shall not be tolerated.
- Occupational health and safety
The working environment shall be safe, bearing in mind the knowledge of the industry and any specific hazards.
Measures shall be implemented to prevent or minimise accidents, injuries and health damage as a result of or related to conditions at the workplace.
Employees shall have access to clean sanitary facilities and clean drinking water.
Wages should be according to ‘living wage’ which is in some cases above official ‘minimum wage’.
Wages as well as modalities of how and when wages are being paid shall be agreed and available in writing.
- Working hours
Working hours shall be in accordance with national legislation, not exceeding 48 hours per week.
Employees shall have at least one free day per week.
Overtime shall be voluntary and limited to 12 hours per week and shall be paid additionally to normal wages.
Conditions outside the workplace
No employee or individual or business, working on our behalf or on behalf of a project that we are involved in, shall accept of give a bribe.
- Compliance with corporate-, labour- and tax laws
Use of resources and impact on local community
In cases of conflict with local communities concerning the use of land or other natural resources, the parties shall, through negotiation, ensure respect for individual and collective rights to land and other resources based on common custom and tradition, including in cases where such rights have not been formally registered.
Environment and animal welfare
The local environment at the production site shall not be excessively exploited or degraded by pollution. Hazardous chemicals shall be carefully managed.
Production and extraction of raw materials shall not contribute to the destruction of the resource.
Environmental aspects shall be taken into consideration throughout the production- and distribution chain.
Whenever practicable, conserving and promoting biodiversity shall be taken into consideration.
Sustainability of production shall be an aim. This includes the use of energy, chemicals, water and waste management.
- Animal welfare
Animal welfare, whenever applicable, shall be taken into consideration.
We expect all our clients to endorse the basic principles of a Corporate Social Responsibility policy and be open to implementing it in the business to be realised with our involvement.