Evolution Resources seeks to conduct its business in a responsible manner. We believe this is an important element of our corporate reputation that contributes to the strength of our commercial success. As we expand our marketing activities abroad, and work with contractors and suppliers throughout the world to help meet our customers’ needs, it is important to protect our Company’s reputation in selecting whom to do business with.
Sourcing Business Partner Guidelines
The following guidelines are tools that help protect Evolution Resources corporate reputation, therefore, its commercial success. They assist us in selecting business partners that follow workplace standards and business practices consistent with our Company’s policies. As a set of guiding principles, they also help identify potential problems so that we can work with our business partners to address issues of concern as they arise.
1. ETHICAL STANDARDS
We will seek to identify and utilize business partners who aspire as individuals and in the conduct of all their businesses to a set of ethical standards not incompatible with our own.
2. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
We expect our business partners to be law abiding as individuals and to comply with legal requirements relevant to the conduct of all their businesses.
3. ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
We will only do business with partners who share our commitment to the environment and who conduct their business in a way that is consistent with Evolution Resources Environmental Philosophy and Guiding Principles.
4. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
We will favor business partners who share our commitment to contribute to improving community conditions.
5. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS
We will only do business with partners whose workers are in all cases present voluntarily, not put at risk of physical harm, fairly compensated, allowed the right of free association and not exploited in any way.
Wages and Benefits: We will only do business with partners who provide wages and benefits that comply with any applicable law and match the prevailing local manufacturing or finishing Industry practices.
Working Hours:While permitting flexibility in scheduling, we will identify prevailing local work hours and seek business partners who do not exceed them except for appropriately compensated overtime. While we favor partners who utilize less than sixty-hour work-weeks, we will not use contractors who, on a regularly scheduled basis, require in excess of a sixty-hour week. Employees should be allowed at least one day off in seven.
Child Labor: Use of child labor is not permissible. Workers can be no less than 14 years of age and not younger than the compulsory age to be in school. We will not utilize partners who use child labor in any of their facilities. We support the development of legitimate workplace apprenticeship programs for the educational benefit of younger people.
Prison Labor/Forced Labor:We will not utilize prison or forced labor in contracting relationships in the manufacture and finishing of our products. We will not utilize or purchase materials from a business partner utilizing prison or forced labor.
Discrimination: While we recognize and respect cultural differences, we believe that workers should be employed on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs. We will favor business partners who share this value.
Health & Safety:We will only utilize business partners who provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. Business partners who provide residential facilities for their workers must provide safe and healthy facilities.
Disciplinary Practices: We will not utilize business partners who use corporal punishment or other forms of mental or physical coercion.