Our Human Rights Policy
Clearchoice Products is committed to enhancing the well-being of people we come into touch with
in our short existence on this planet.
Our employees’ human rights are respected and we are committed to respecting the international human rights standards defined by the United Nations Global Compact and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We will always create an inclusive and respectful work environment; one in which employees recognise each other’s worth and dignity.
As stated in our Code of Conduct, any conduct that detracts from the worth and dignity of our employees is contrary to our values and has no place in our culture. We also are committed to showing respect to people and cultures in all of the countries where we do business.
Learn more about Clearchoice Products United Nations Global Impact Commitment
Human Rights Disclosures
It is Clearchoice Products policy to disclose any human rights controversies which may relate to child employment, female or minority rights infringement, or other issues pertaining to human rights as defined by the EEOC. No fines related to human rights issues have been levied against the company by any governmental organisation in the past five years.
Our Ethical Sourcing Standards are the foundation of our global supply chain initiative, requiring our direct suppliers to protect the health, safety and human rights of their associates. We will not conduct business with suppliers who do not support the fundamental principles of human dignity and rights of workers to fair and equitable treatment.
Suppliers must meet our standards regarding forced labour, child labour, health and safety in the workplace, fair pay, harassment, diversity and ethics, and environmental policies. We require that our suppliers identify and act swiftly to eliminate any unacceptable conditions or practices in their facilities.
We base our supplier requirements on international standards including the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Conventions of the International Labour Organization, including its Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
1. Verification. In order to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery in our supply chains, Clearchoice Products has developed a detailed supplier ethical assessment that our top suppliers must complete in order to verify compliance with Clearchoice Products ethical sourcing requirements. Clearchoice Products has required our top suppliers in the chemical, packaging, equipment and contract manufacturing categories to complete the assessment, and we continue to expand the number and scope of suppliers required to complete the assessment. Suppliers are questioned not only about their policies, but about management practices and specific performance related to protection of employees’ human rights and prevention and elimination of trafficking and slavery. Clearchoice Products does not currently conduct on-site audits of suppliers related to trafficking and slavery in supply chains, but is evaluating whether to expand its existing assessment programme to ensure compliance with trafficking and slavery standards.
2. Certification. Clearchoice Products requires all suppliers to comply with applicable government regulations, as well as with Clearchoice Products policies and procedures. We incorporated a certification requirement to that effect into our supplier ethical assessment in 2012.
3. Accountability. Clearchoice Products employees are held accountable for ensuring we meet our standards regarding slavery and trafficking as expressed in Clearchoice Products Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct requires employees and contractors to engage in ethical source selection. It also makes clear that compliance with applicable government regulations and Company policies and procedures is required of all Clearchoice Products suppliers, agents and consultants.
4. Training. Clearchoice Products provides training to our supply chain and purchasing employees, as well as to our suppliers, regarding Clearchoice Products ethical sourcing policies and procedures.
Alignment with Global Human Rights Principles
Clearchoice Products does not have any facilities that are certified to the SA8000 Standard. However, in accordance with our Human Rights Policy and related programs, Clearchoice Products operates in alignment with the policies and procedures outlined in the SA8000 Standard which seek to protect basic human rights of workers.
Clearchoice Products does not currently have a formal relationship with a body which enforces the Global Sullivan principles. As a company with a presence in South Africa, we support and subscribe to the principles. We also adhere to Employment Equity and Black Economic Empowerment legislation in South Africa, which is designed to enforce the Global Sullivan principles.
Clearchoice Products as a Supplier
Clearchoice Products complies with all local and country-level laws and regulations related to minimum age of employment at all Clearchoice Products locations. Clearchoice Products does not have an engagement programme with indigenous peoples as the scope of our operations does not require nor affect indigenous peoples.
Clearchoice Products participates in SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), which is a non-profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. It is a web-based platform for sharing information and audit results on four pillars: (1) labour standards; (2) health and safety; (3) environment; and (4) business integrity. As a member, Clearchoice Products is committed to conducting audits annually and sharing these results within SEDEX.