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Supplier Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct defines the basic requirements placed on Superior Workforce Solutions’ suppliers of goods and services concerning their responsibilities towards their stakeholders and the environment. The Supplier hereby agrees:
- to comply with the laws of the applicable legal system(s) including all wage and hour laws.
Prohibition of Corruption and Bribery
- to tolerate no form of and not to engage in any form of corruption or bribery, including any payment or other form of benefit conferred on any government official, customer representative or Superior employee for the purpose of influencing decision making in violation of law.
Respect for the Basic Human Rights of Employees
- to promote equal opportunities for and treatment of its employees irrespective of skin color, race, nationality, social background, disabilities, sexual orientation, political or religious conviction, sex or age;
- to respect the personal dignity, privacy and rights of each individual;
- to refuse to employ or make anyone work against his will;
- to refuse to tolerate any unacceptable treatment of employees, such as mental cruelty, sexual harassment or discrimination;
- to prohibit behavior including gestures, language and physical contact, that is sexual, coercive, threatening, abusive or exploitative;
- to provide fair remuneration and to guarantee the applicable national statutory minimum wage;
- to recognize, as far as legally possible, the right of free association of employees and
- to neither favor nor discriminate against members of employee organizations or trade unions.
Prohibition of Child Labor
- to employ no workers under the age of 16 or, in those countries subject to the developing country exception of the ILO Convention 138, to employ no workers under the age of 14.
Health and Safety of Employees
- to take responsibility for the health and safety of its employees;
- to control hazards and take the best reasonably possible precautionary measures against accidents and occupational diseases;
- to provide training and ensure that employees are educated in health and safety issues;
- to set up or use a reasonable occupational health & safety management system1).
- to act in accordance with the applicable statutory and international standards regarding environmental protection;
- to minimize environmental pollution and make continuous improvements in environmental protection;
- to use reasonable efforts to promote among its Suppliers compliance with this Code of Conduct;
- to comply with the principles of non-discrimination with regard to Supplier selection and treatment.
- If requested by Superior, Supplier shall provide Superior with (i) a written self-assessment in the form provided by Superior, or (ii) a written report approved by Superior describing the actions taken or to be taken by Supplier to assure compliance with the Code of Conduct.
- Superior and its authorized agents and representatives and/or a third party appointed by Superior and reasonably acceptable to Supplier, shall be entitled (but not obliged) to conduct – also at Supplier’s premises – inspections in order to verify Supplier’s compliance with the Code of Conduct. Any inspection may only be conducted upon prior written notice of Superior, during regular business hours, in accordance with the applicable data protection law and shall neither unreasonably interfere with Supplier’s business activities nor violate any of Supplier’s confidentiality agreements with third parties. Supplier shall reasonably cooperate in any inspections conducted. Each party shall bear its expenses in connection with such inspection.
- In addition to any other rights and remedies Superior may have, in the event of (i) Supplier’s material or repeated failure to comply with the Code of Conduct or (ii) Supplier’s denial of Superior’ right of inspection as provided for in the third paragraph of this article, after providing Supplier reasonable notice and a reasonable opportunity to remedy, Superior may terminate its Master Service Agreement or Purchase Order issued hereunder without any liability whatsoever. Material failures include, but are not limited to, incidents of child labor, corruption and bribery, and failure to comply with the Code of Conduct’s environmental protection requirements. The notice and opportunity to remedy provision shall not apply to violations of requirements and principles regarding of the child labor as set out in the Code of Conduct or willful failures to comply with the Code of Conduct’s environmental protection requirement.
- Supplier represents and warrants that it will adhere to the aforementioned Code of Conduct for Superior Suppliers.