We respect the rights of all workers within our product supply chain and are committed to ensuring maintenance of good labour standards and fair working conditions.
This policy sets out the our expectations of our suppliers on conditions such as representation, child labour, worker rights, pay and working hours.
All employment is chosen freely by the individual.
What! does not engage in any form of forced labour.
All workers are free to leave their employment position if appropriate notice is given.
All working environments should be safe and hygienic, in accordance with the known standards and practises within any given industry, adherence to proper practises and guidance, relating to industry specific hazards will be fully observed. Appropriate steps will be taken to prevent accidents and injury to worker health wherever possible.
All Workers have the right to collective bargaining and are able to join or form trade unions of their own volition.
Workers will receive recorded and scheduled health and safety training. All new workers will also receive this same training. Access to drinkable water and clean toilet facilities will be mandatory as well as access to sanitary places to store foodstuff wherever necessary.
If accommodation for workers is necessary, it must meet the basic needs of the workers, being both safe and clean as required by known standard practises.
Workers are to be provided with clear written information about their employment conditions in regard to their wages before they enter employment. Wages paid are to be that of a known Living Wage. All Wages paid for a normal working week at a minimum must meet the legal national or industry standards, whichever is higher. Wages should be sufficient to meet basic needs and to allow for discretionary income. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure will not be permitted. All disciplinary actions are to be fully recorded.
Working hours must comply with international labour standards, national laws and must not be excessive. Working hours, not including overtime, must be properly set out in contract. Any overtime must be voluntary, not to be used to replace regular employment, and is to be compensated at a premium rate relative to normal hourly pay. Workers must be provided with at least one day off in every seven day period or two days off in every 14 day period where allowed by national law.
Any worker relationship to the employer must be in accordance with established national law and practice. Regular employment is provided to every extent possible.
Harsh or inhumane treatment is completely prohibited. Physical discipline or abuse, the threat of physical discipline or abuse, sexual abuse or harassment, verbal abuse or any form of intimidation is not allowed.
No discrimination is practised. There is no discrimination in recruitment, compensation, promotion, training access, the termination or retirement based on gender, race, religion, nationality, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation or union membership.
There will be no child labour recruitment. Young persons under the age of 18 and children will not be employed in hazardous conditions or at night. These procedures and policies conform to all provisions of the appropriate ILO standards.