Document - Amnesty International: Supplier Code of Conduct

Annex 5 – Supplier Code of Conduct

Supplier Code of Conduct FIN 20/005/2011

Amnesty International

International Secretariat

Supplier Code of Conduct

Amnesty International is committed to ensuring that its mission and values are reflected in its approach to buying goods and services. In addition to complying with all applicable statutory and legal requirements, Amnesty International’s suppliers must comply with the human rights, labour and environmental standards set out in this Code as an absolute minimum, and take reasonable steps to ensure that those with whom they have a business relationship do likewise. Amnesty International reserves the right to terminate its relationship with a supplier in the case of breach of this Code. Amnesty International keeps this Code under ongoing review and may amend or add to this Code at any time.

1. Overall Statement of Human Rights Compliance

Suppliers must respect the rights set out in the International Bill of Human Rights

Suppliers must also respect the fundamental labour rights set out in the eight International Labour Organisation core conventions. Key principles of these conventions as they relate to working practices are set out within the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, in summary as follows:

employment is freely chosen

freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining is respected

working conditions are safe and hygienic

no child labour

living wages are paid

working hours are not excessive

no discrimination is practised

regular employment is provided

no harsh or inhumane treatment

2. Specific Human Rights Compliance

Suppliers must:

take reasonable steps to ensure that they do not profit directly or indirectly from the exploitation of child labour or that of other vulnerable groups, from bonded labour, indentured labour or any other form of servitude

take reasonable steps to ensure that any goods that they produce, trade or deal in are not, and have not been, implicated in human rights abuses by military, security or police forces or other state agents or by non-state actors, including equipment which may be used in relation to the death penalty

not cause or contribute to the commission of serious human rights abuses, whether by state agents or by non-state actors, including torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and gross abuses amounting to crimes under international law including war crimes and crimes against humanity

3. Statement of commitment by Suppliers

Suppliers must exercise human rights due diligence – that is take reasonable steps and make good faith efforts – to avoid causing or contributing to any adverse impact on human rights

Suppliers must demonstrate an on-going commitment to respect human rights and, appropriate to their size and circumstances, have in place policies and processes that enable them to identify, prevent, mitigate and remedy any actual or potential adverse human rights impacts on individuals, communities or society they cause or contribute to through their activities and relationships

Suppliers must disclose to Amnesty International information on human rights abuses that has come to their attention both in respect of themselves and along their supply chain, including the names of suppliers associated with these risks, and any risk management plans that have been put in place. Such information must be provided both before contracting with Amnesty International, and during the contractual relationship, and within 14 days of the information having come to the supplier’s attention

4 . Environmental Standards

Amnesty International strives to reduce its use of energy and other non-renewable resources by complying with the following principles; as part of this effort Amnesty International will give preference to suppliers who do likewise:

Keep waste to a minimum and work to the maxim reduce, re-use and recycle

Minimize the use of substances hazardous to health or the environment and responsibly manage hazardous waste

Avoid unnecessary use of materials and use recycled materials and materials from sustainable and local sources where possible

Maximise efficient energy use and minimise harmful emissions.

any company, organisation or person involved in supplying goods or services to AI’s International Secretariat on a contractual basis, including consultants (but excluding employment relationships).

consisting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the main instruments through which it has been codified (the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); for a list of these rights see: HYPERLINK "http://www.un-documents.net/a3r217.htm" http://www.un-documents.net/a3r217.htm or http://www.hreoc.gov.au/education/hr_explained/5_international.html

the full code is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.ethicaltrade.org" www.ethicaltrade.org ; Amnesty refers to this code for guidance purposes and emphasises that they represent basic minimum standards only

and other such crimes; in situations of armed conflict suppliers should respect the standards of international humanitarian law.

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