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15) Does your organisation work to a committed code of business ethics which includes ethical labour practises?

July 30, 2023
Environmental, Social and Governance

Answer yes if you commit to the standards set out in a publicly recognised code of ethics such as the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code or if your organisation has developed and abides by its own code of ethics covering labour practises. Please give more details in the notes section.

A code of business ethics is a guide your organisation follows to help ensure it has a positive impact on the people and the planet. A code of ethics can be focussed solely on one aspect, e.g. labour standards, or it could include wider guidelines covering all elements of a responsible business.

Committing to a code of business ethics demonstrates that your organisation is serious about improving its social impact.

The most widely recognised code of business ethics is the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code which has the following requirements:

  1. Employment is freely chosen
  2. Freedom of association
  3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  4. Child labour shall not be used
  5. Living wages are paid
  6. Working hours are not excessive
  7. No discrimination is practiced
  8. Regular employment is provided
  9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

How to implement the control

Your organisation can make a public commitment to follow a recognised code of business ethics such as the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code, or you could choose to develop your own which are specifically tailored to your organisation and your activities.

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