Ethical Trading Policy

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Ltd is committed to operate all its activities within the spirit and letter of all laws and regulations affecting its businesses and employees. Employees must exercise the highest level of integrity, ethics, and objectivity in their actions and relationships which may affect the Company. Employees must not misuse their authority or influence of their positions in these relationships. Moreover, an employee has the duty to act in the best interest of the company at all times.

 

The principles adopted by Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Ltd in this policy are based on the International accepted standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code of Labour Standards.

 

Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Ltd will, as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that they and their suppliers and their sub-contractors, comply with these stated policy requirements:

 

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 a reasonable notice;

 

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. Workers shall receive appropriate health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers;

 

Child labour shall not be used

There shall be no use of child labour which shall be exploitative or shall jeopardize the health, safety, educational development or morals of any child. Persons under 18 shall not be employed to work at night or in hazardous conditions, and as a minimum shall meet national legal standards;

 

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. All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid;

 

Working hours are not excessive

Working hours comply with national laws and known benchmark industry standards;

 

No discrimination is practiced

There shall be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation;

 

No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited;

 

No bribery or corruption is permitted

No bribes shall be paid or accepted to give or receive business;

 

Follow good environmental practice

To meet all relevant national and international environmental laws and regulations and to continuously improve environmental practice.

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