Bluestones Supply Chain recognises that our commercial activities have the potential to impact on our suppliers and our locality. As a socially responsible small business our suppliers, local community and customers have a right to expect:
1. All workers involved in the delivery of services provided by Bluestones Supply Chain are treated with full consideration to their basic human rights.
2. Bluestones Supply Chain acts in an ethical manner above and beyond basic legal requirements.
3. Bluestones Supply Chain is committed to implementing the principles of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code.
Code of Practice
This Code of Practice applies to:
1. Staff directly employed by Bluestones Supply Chain on temporary or permanent contracts.
2. Staff employed or provided by contractors or employment agencies to work on Bluestones Supply Chain premises or to undertake work for or on behalf of Bluestones Supply Chain.
Employment Is Freely Chosen
1. No forced, bonded or involuntary labour shall be used.
2. Staff are not required to lodge deposits or identity papers with us.
3. Staff are free to leave Bluestones Supply Chain after reasonable notice.
Working Conditions Are Safe and Hygienic
1. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
2. Staff receive health & safety information.
3. Staff have access to toilet facilities and drinking water.
4. The workforce has a published Health & Safety Policy.
Child Labour Shall Not Be Used
1. There shall be no recruitment of child labour.
2. Children or persons under 16 are not employed at any time, day or night.
3. Young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions. Living Wages Are Paid
Staff pay rates are equal to or above the national legal minimum standards.
1. Staff are given information about their employment conditions in respect to wages
2. No deductions are made from wages as a disciplinary measure, and pay slips detailing lawful deductions are provided for each pay period.
3 Staff are given clearly understandable written terms and conditions of employment that details the employment relationship and the respective obligations of the employee and employer.
Working Hours Are Not Excessive
1. Staff are not forced to work in excess of 48 hours per week, a voluntary opt-out agreement is available for those wishing to work in excess of 48 hours per week.
No Discrimination Is Practised
1. There is no discrimination in pay, hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, and termination of employment or retirement on the grounds of race, nationality, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
2. Opportunities for personal and career development are equally available to all employees. No Harsh Or Inhumane Treatment Is Allowed
3. Physical, verbal and sexual threats, abuse, harassment or intimidation is expressly prohibited and grounds for summary dismissal, if proved.
No Child Labour Policy
The foundation of the Bluestones Group’s ‘No Child Labour Policy’ is based on the Company’s commitment to find practical, meaningful and culturally appropriate responses to support the elimination of such labour practices. It has been formulated in consideration with the acts. It, therefore, endorses the need for appropriate initiatives to progressively eliminate these abuses.
Bluestones Group and its subsidiary companies do not employ any person below the age of eighteen years at the workplace and prohibits the use of child labour and forced or compulsory labour in all of its businesses and operations. No employee is made to work against his/her will or work as bonded/forced labour, or subject to corporal punishment or coercion of any type related to work.
This policy is publicly available throughout the Company and clearly communicated to all employees in a manner in which it can be understood through induction programmes, Intranets and policy manuals. The implementation of the policy is the responsibility of the Group’s human resources department, who do not permit minors to enter the workforce. There is zero tolerance policy towards its breach. Employment contracts and other records, documenting all relevant details of the employees, including age, are maintained by the Company and/or its subsidiaries and are open to verification by any authorised personnel or relevant statutory body.
Monitoring & Audit
Periodic assessment is conducted. The human resources department undertakes random checks of records annually.
Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation Policy
Bluestones Group and its subsidiary companies commit to developing and adopting a proactive approach to tackling hidden labour exploitation.
Hidden labour exploitation is an abuse of job applicants or workers by third party individuals or gangs other than the employer or labour provider including rogue individuals working within these businesses but without the knowledge of management. It includes forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation; payment for work-finding services and work-related exploitation such as the forced use of accommodation. It is understood that it is often well hidden by the perpetrators with victims if they perceive of themselves as such, reluctant to come forward.
- Designate appropriate managers to attend “Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation” training and to have responsibility for developing and operating company procedures relevant to this issue.
- Accept that job finding fees are a business cost, and will not allow these to be paid by job applicants. We will not use any individual or organisation to source and supply workers without confirming that workers are not being charged a work finding fee.
- Ensure that all staff responsible for directly recruiting workers are aware of issues around third-party labour exploitation and signs to look for and have signed appropriate Compliance Principles.
- Ensure that labour sourcing, recruitment and worker placement processes are under the control of trusted and competent staff members.
- Adopt a proactive approach to reporting suspicions of hidden worker exploitation to the Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority and police if Modern Slavery is suspected.
- Provide information on tackling “Hidden Labour Exploitation” to our workforce through workplace posters, Intranets, induction, etc.
- Encourage workers to report cases of hidden third party labour exploitation, provide the means to do so and investigate and act on reports appropriately.
- Positively encourage and support employees and agency workers to report such exploitation which may be occurring within their communities and inform the best ways how to do report any case.
- Require labour providers and other organisations in the labour supply chain to adopt policies and procedures consistent with the above.
‘Preventing Hidden Labour Exploitation Policy’ applies to all businesses and sites within the Bluestones Investment Group.