The principles adopted by Evans Lichfield Limited in this policy document are based on the International accepted standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code of Labour Standards.
Evans Lichfield Limited will, as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that they, and their suppliers and their sub-contractors, comply with the stated policy requirements.
1. Employment is freely chosen
There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour. Workers are not required to leave deposits or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
2. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work. Access to clean toilet facilities, potable water and sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
3. Child labour shall not be used
There shall be no recruitment of child labour. Companies shall develop or participate in programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour, to enable that child to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child. Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions or as a minimum meet Local National Legal Standards.
4. Living wages are paid
Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week must meet; at a minimum, National legal Standards or Industry benchmark Standards, whichever is higher. Workers shall be made aware of their employment conditions.
5. Working hours are not excessive
Working hours shall comply with National Laws and Benchmark Industry Standards, whichever affords the greater protection. In any event, workers shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7 day period. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate or with time off in lieu of the extra hours worked. Working hours should meet Local, National, Legal or Industry benchmark standards as a minimum.
6. No discrimination is practiced
There shall be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race (including colour, nationality or ethnic origin), religion, belief, age, disability, gender, gender re-assignment, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of a recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
8. No harsh treatment or inhumane treatment is allowed
Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited. The provisions of this policy constitute minimum and not maximum standards.