This Ethical Policy serves as a guideline for all the company’s business practices. Through its business practices the company seeks to support the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The company’s position on Human Rights reflects the core requirements of the UDHR, such as freedom from torture, unjustified imprisonment, unfair trial and other oppression. It also includes freedom of expression, religion and political or other representation.
2 HUMAN RIGHTS
On the basis of this policy the company will not provide support or work with:
businesses or organisations which fail to uphold basic human rights within their sphere of influence. The company recognises that businesses have the opportunity to ensure that human rights are upheld in all those aspects of their operations that they could reasonably expect to control.
These can include:
- direct control, such as labour conditions within their factories, for example, or use of land for their operations;
- more indirect influence, for example, companies occupying positions of strategic importance within a country often have opportunities to affect positive social change beyond their own operations.
businesses or organisations with links to an oppressive regime – regimes where basic human rights, as set out in the UDHR, are denied in a systematic manner over time. By “links to an oppressive regime” the company means:
- businesses operating in states governed by oppressive regimes, whose activities are considered to support or benefit the regime, usually at the expense of the indigenous population;
- businesses using state security forces or supplying arms to state security forces within an oppressive regime.
businesses which use child labour in any creation and manufacture of our products.
3 ARMS TRADE
The company will not provide support or work with businesses or organisations involved in the manufacture or transfer of armaments to oppressive regimes, including:
- companies which manufacture for or sell to oppressive regimes systems (or products) that kill, maim or destroy;
- companies who issue licences for the production of armaments for oppressive regimes;
- individuals or organisations involved in the brokerage of armaments to oppressive regimes;
- companies which export products to oppressive regimes that, while not designed to kill, maim or destroy, are parts for equipment which have a battlefield application or are essential to the operation of a weapon, such as radar and electronic warfare, military communications and armour.
The company will not provide support or work with businesses or organisations involved in the manufacture of torture equipment or other equipment that is used in the violation of human rights, including business which:
- manufacture torture equipment, including electroshock batons and leg irons;
- manufacture equipment used for execution purposes;
- manufacture and export to oppressive regimes equipment that could be used in the violation of human rights, including water canons, security equipment and surveillance equipment.