Breyer Group recognises that being responsible and sustainable really matters. We are dedicated to making sure everything we do is ethical and lawful, and that we work in a socially and environmentally sustainable way. It is important that our suppliers feel the same way, and that is why we have put together this code of conduct to give you a good idea of what it means to work with the Breyer Group.
Our code is a set of principles that we expect all suppliers to work within. We will be working with our suppliers to make sure they have the right policies and processes in place to comply with these principles, and that they also use them with their own suppliers. We will also consider these principles when we are choosing suppliers, and we will be working together to monitor compliance throughout our relationship. A lot of the principles in this code are about complying with laws and regulations. By this, we mean laws and regulations that apply in the jurisdiction that suppliers operate in. At Breyer Group, this compliance is the minimum standard we are looking for, and we are always working with our suppliers to improve things further.
Wherever we are working regularly with suppliers, we will do everything we can to make sure processes are in place to check that our principles are being followed and continually reviewed and that there are solutions available for anything that needs to be put right. We will do this through our contracts with suppliers, and we might use independent third parties to check that our suppliers are complying with our principles.
The principles in this code are not meant to provide an exhaustive list of expectations of suppliers, just things that matter most. These are our priorities:
Freedom of employment
Employees should be free to choose to work for their employer and to leave the company after they have given reasonable notice.
Employees should have an easy to read contract of employment, which needs to comply with legislation and be particularly clear about wages. Employees who are unable to read the contract should be introduced to a suitable person, who can read and explain the contract to them.
Freedom of Association
Employees should be free to join trade unions ( or other kinds of representation) and, where appropriate, to carry out representative functions at work, in accordance with relevant legislation. Employees should not be discriminated against, or, be treated unfavourably or differently because they carry out representative functions.
Wages and benefits need to be in accordance with the relevant legislation. Employees should give their informed, freely given consent to any deductions (which should also be lawful).
Breyer Group does not support the use of child labour in any circumstances. Where children under the age of 18 are legally employed, they must not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions. All suppliers must work towards elimination of child labour and this should be in a manner consistent with the best interests of the children concerned.
Suppliers should comply with legislation and / or industry standards on working hours, giving employees days off and resting times accordingly. Suppliers must not make workers do more than 48 hours overtime per week and workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every seven. Overtime should be voluntary and not demanded on a regular basis. Employees working overtime should be reimbursed at an appropriate rate.
Treating employees with respect and dignity
Employees should never be abused, harassed or intimidated, and any disciplinary measures taken should be recorded. Employees should have access to a written grievance or appeal procedure that is clear and easy to understand. Employees who are unable to read the procedure should be introduced to a suitable person, who can read and explain it to them.
Health and Safety
Suppliers will provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace and should make sure a senior management representative is responsible for Health and Safety, and that appropriate policies and procedures are in place.
Suppliers will not discriminate in hiring and employing workers on the basis of race, caste, birth, social or ethnic origin, religion, nationality, age, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, maternity, union membership or political affiliation.
Suppliers should try and minimise any potential impact on the environment when supplying goods and services to us. As a minimum we expect suppliers to comply with all local and national environmental legislation, regulations and directives to protect and improve the environment, and have developed, reviewed and recorded processes in place to make sure they comply. We also expect suppliers to have action plans in place to manage their environmental impact, e.g. energy reduction and waste management programmes. Where appropriate, suppliers must also comply with additional environmental requirements specific to the products and services supplied to Breyer Group. Any specific requirements would be outlined in the contract.
Suppliers should uphold the highest standards of integrity, transparency and governance, and, as a minimum, we expect our suppliers to comply with all relevant legislation and regulations. Suppliers must not take part in forms of bribery or corruption, and must not knowingly be associated with any group that supports acts of violence, terrorism or discrimination.
Our supplier engagement process
We expect openness and transparency in our relationships with our suppliers. We want to work together to improve our sustainability performance, and we will endeavour to support continuous improvement with any supplier that needs help meeting the principles of this code. Transparency includes maintaining documentation necessary to demonstrate compliance with those principles including ensuring compliance with all ‘right to work’ documentation. Breyer Group may exercise its relevant contractual rights to access documentation and raise reasonable inquiries.
We ask all our suppliers to confirm and sign that they have read and understood the expectations contained within this code.