We’ll only work with companies who share our strong beliefs in having a safe and dignified workplace. That means we personally travel across the world from our headquarters in Nottingham to inspect any company we work with to ensure they’re meeting our numerous social, ethical and environmental standards. We do this every year. Here’s what’s written into our contracts:
A fundamental part of our agreement with any country is that child labour is not acceptable. We won’t work with any organisations.
Forced and Compulsory labour
We refuse to accept any forced labour, in whatever form that takes. Workers don’t pay any form of deposit and or documentation to attain the right to work.
Health and Safety
Basic necessities such as clean toilets and fresh drinking water must be provided in all cases as staff require. Where food is not provided by the company, then a safe storage for food must be provided. Safety training is provided where appropriate and there’s always a designated manager responsible for the enforcement of health and safety.
Freedom of Association plus right to collective bargaining
Factory employees have the right to join a trade union, or even the right to form one. And any worker representative should never be discriminated against.
We demand that there is no discrimination whatsoever based on a person’s background, creed, colour sexual orientation, gender, union membership or political membership.
Another key guarantee is for no physical or psychological abuse of employees, including sexual harassment, verbal or any other form of intimidation.
Any companies we work with must adhere to national labour laws in terms of working hours. Employees shouldn’t work in excess of 48 hours per week regularly. They must also get at least 1 day off for every 7-day time period. Any overtime is required to be voluntary.
We require that our partners’ obligation to employees under labour or social security laws are adhered to, not sub contracted out. Where an opportunity to develop an apprenticeship scheme has been identified, we look for real intent to impart skills and training. All employees must be provided with and fully understand their terms of employment especially.
The planet is not just a place that deserves protecting for future generations, but the world of sailing and the maritime environment – our coasts and our seas - depends on that protection. So we seek out suppliers who take positive action to minimise environmental impact. In practice that means: