The Standards for Suppliers (“Standards”) are Inuvika’s fundamental expectations of its suppliers related to social and environmental conditions in all our markets. The Standards are utilized to evaluate employment practices and environmental compliance in facilities producing any product or service sold by Inuvika.
All Suppliers and their facilities, including all subcontracting facilities, will be held to these standards. As a guide to help suppliers understand the expectations and obligations of the Standards for Suppliers, Inuvika has set out the following guidelines.
1. Compliance with Laws
Suppliers and their facilities must fully comply with all applicable national and/or local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, those related to labour, immigration, health and safety, and the environment.
2. Voluntary Labour
All labour must be voluntary. Slave, child, underage, forced, bonded, or indentured labour will not be tolerated. Suppliers shall not engage in or support trafficking in human beings. Suppliers shall ensure that they have implemented procedures to manage the materials, including all labour-related processes, incorporated into their products to ensure they comply with laws on slavery and human trafficking. Workers must be allowed to maintain control over their identity documents.
3. Labour Hours
Suppliers must provide workers with rest days and must ensure that working hours are consistent with the law and not excessive.
4. Hiring and Employment Practices
Suppliers must implement hiring practices that accurately verify workers’ age and legal right to work in the country prior to employment. All terms and conditions of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, pay, training, promotion, termination, and retirement must be based on an individual’s ability and willingness to do the job.
Suppliers must compensate all workers with wages, overtime premiums, and benefits that meet or exceed legal standards or collective agreements, whichever are higher. Suppliers are encouraged to provide wages that meet local industry standards. Suppliers are encouraged to provide wages and benefits that are sufficient to meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income for workers and their families.
6. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Suppliers must respect the right of workers to choose whether to lawfully and peacefully form or join trade unions of their choosing and to bargain collectively.
7. Health and Safety
Suppliers must provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. Suppliers must take proactive measures to prevent workplace hazards.
8. Dormitories and Canteen
Suppliers who provide residential and dining facilities for their workers must provide safe, healthy and sanitary facilities.
Suppliers should ensure that every manufacturing facility complies with environmental laws, including all laws related to waste disposal, air emissions, discharges, toxic substances and hazardous waste disposal. Suppliers must validate that all input materials and components were obtained from permissible harvests consistent with international treaties and protocols in addition to local laws and regulations.
10. Conflicts of Interest
Suppliers must not enter into transactions with Inuvika associates that create a conflict of interest.
Suppliers must not tolerate, permit, or engage in bribery, corruption, or unethical practices whether in dealings with public officials or individuals in the private sector.
12. Financial Integrity
Suppliers must keep accurate records of all matters related to their business with Inuvika in accordance with standard accounting practices such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).