Portacool is committed to doing business in a legal, ethical, and socially responsible manner. Reflecting this commitment, all directors, officers, and colleagues are expected to comply with the Portacool’s Code of Business Conduct in conducting their business relationships. To maintain these standards, Portacool’s desires to do business with those suppliers, vendors, and contractors (collectively, “Suppliers”) whose practices are consistent with Portacool’s ethics and principles of business conduct. This Supplier Code of Conduct (as amended or modified from time to time, the “Code”) sets forth the types of standards and practices that Portacool expects of its Suppliers.
The Portacool’s Supplier Code of Conduct is modeled on and contains language from the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct. Recognized standards such as International Labour Organization Standards (ILO), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Social Accountability International (SAI), and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) were used as reference in this Code and may be useful sources of additional information. A complete list of references is provided at the end of this document.
Suppliers are expected to abide by all applicable laws and regulations including all federal, provincial and local laws regarding environmental matters, occupational health and safety, labor and employment practices, human rights, immigration, product safety, shipping and product labeling. Portacool also expects that their Suppliers will comply with applicable guidelines and best practices for their industry.
To meet social responsibilities and to achieve success in the marketplace, Suppliers are to uphold the highest standards of ethics including:
Portacool has a Gift Policy that restricts Portacool employees from accepting gifts from suppliers or prospective suppliers. Gifts include cash, cash equivalents, goods, services, entertainment, or hospitality. A gift is exempt from the Gift Policy only if it qualifies as being professional in nature and provides no personal benefit to the recipient. We ask our Suppliers not to place our employees in the difficult position of having to refuse gifts that would place them in conflict with the Portacool Gift Policy.
Portacool expects its Suppliers to conduct their businesses in a manner that preserves and protects the environment. To minimize or eliminate negative impacts of their operations on the environment, Suppliers should endeavor to minimize waste, avoid excess packaging, use nontoxic, recycled and recyclable materials where possible and promote energy efficiency. Suppliers that provide animal products should ensure that animals are treated in accordance with government and industry-accepted guidelines for humane treatment.
Labor and Human Rights
Suppliers shall not use workers under the applicable legal age of employment or forced or involuntary labor or engage any supplier, vendor, contractor, or partner that uses such workers. Suppliers should only use workers who are legally entitled to work in the jurisdiction in question.
The procedures and policies of Suppliers should reflect the commitment of Portacool to fair and reasonable labor and employment practices. Suppliers are expected to comply with all local and applicable labor laws and employment standards, such as compensating workers in compliance with all applicable wage, benefit and employment standards laws and maintaining reasonable colleague work hours and a safe and healthy workplace.
Portacool expects that Suppliers shall not inflict, threaten to inflict, or permit corporal punishment or any other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse or harassment on any colleagues.
The following standards were used in preparing this Code and may be a useful source of additional information.
ILO International Labor Standards www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/norm/whatare/fundam/index.htm
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Ethical Trading Initiative
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