Taking Care of the Environment

//Taking Care of the Environment
Taking Care of the Environment 2014-09-08T09:14:15+00:00

environmentEthical Trading Policy Summary Statement

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1. All employment is freely chosen.
2. Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
3. Child labour is not used.
4. Wages are fair and comparable to industry standard and will always exceed the minimum wage.
5. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted.
6. Working hours are not excessive.
7. No discrimination is practiced.
8. Regular employment is provided for those who are employed on a permanent contract .
9. No harsh, cruel or degrading treatment or practices are allowed.
10. No bribery, corruption, blackmailing or bullying is permitted.
11. Third Party Suppliers and buyers are both free to sell and buy from any number of other businesses. No restrictions, as a way of guaranteeing business, are allowed. We also ask all our suppliers to affirm in writing to us that their businesses are also built on these ethical criteria. We have developed a full policy statement out lining how we expect our practice to develop in order to be able to offer a strong guarantee to our customers that the services they receive from us have been ethically designed, managed and implemented.

Social Accountability Code
Oversolve recognises the need for companies that wish to trade together across international boundaries to have confidence
that trading partners work to mutually acceptable standards regarding the employment conditions of their workers, and the
Company fully supports the United Nations Global Compact on the Responsibilities of Business Oversolve adopted a policy in this area based on the principles of International  Standard  S A 8 0 0 0  ( which itself supports the UN Global  Compact ). The policy has 5 mandatory conditions, which are:
1. Employment standards
Suppliers shall pay wages that shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall always be sufficient to meet
basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income.
2. Child labour
Suppliers shall comply with all applicable labour laws and shall employ only workers who meet the legal minimum age for
work, or are at least 14 years of age, whichever is the greater.
3. Forced or Prison labour
Suppliers shall not engage in or support the use of forced or prison labour, nor shall personnel be required to lodge deposit s
or identity papers upon commencing employment with the company.
4. Health and safety
Suppliers shall provide a clean, safe and healthy working environment, and shall provide for the use of all personnel clean
toilet facilities, access to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage.
5. Environmental protect ion
Suppliers shall comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations Imago regularly visits its suppliers and
questions both management and workers to ensure that the supplier and its staff are aware of and comply with these
fundamental mandatory requirements, and our policy is to immediately discontinue business relations with any supplier who
chooses not to govern their operations to meet these mandatory Standards.
However, Social Accountability is a sensitive area, as it can appear as a form of cultural imperialism if imposed by Western
companies without understanding of the social and cultural conditions in the country of the supplier. Because Oversolve has
been trading internationally for many years, we are very much aware of these issues.
In recent years we have received increasing requests from our customers to meet their specific social accountability criteria,
and this has been an increasing difficulty, because although the fundamental principles are similar, they all differ in detail , and
sometimes even conflict in some areas.
Consequently, Oversolve take the view to agreeing a common standard of accountability with our overseas suppliers
incorporating the points mentioned above and an understanding of each others social responsibilities.
It is Oversolve’s policy, as it is for all Prelims signatories, to require its suppliers to commit to this CARE Process, and to work
towards achieving these long term mutual objectives.
Paper Sourcing
Oversolve’s policy is to source paper  products from pulp obtained from managed sustainable forests , ( F S C ) and from paper
mills which meet ISO14001 environmental standards. It is currently extremely difficult to be certain of the exact source of all
pulp, and as with social accountability standards, it is Oversolve’s policy to work within the industry to progressively improve
traceability and accountability in this area.
The Forest Stewardship Council F.S.C is an independent , non-governmental , not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible
management of the world’s forests.
Established in 1993 as a response to concerns over global deforestation, F.S.C is widely regarded as one of the
most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide.
The F.S.C label provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption, enabling consumers and businesses
to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment as well as providing ongoing business value.
F.S.C provides a certification system with internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and  accreditation services to companies, organizations and communities interested in responsible forestry.
F.S.C is nationally represented in more than 50 countries around the world. Website: www.fsc.org