Working Conditions

A) Child Labour Avoidance
Child labour must not be utilised in any stage of manufacturing. Companies are
requested to follow the ILO conventions recommendation of a minimum age for
admission to employment or work not being less than the age for completing
compulsory schooling, and in any case not being less than 15 years.
The minimum age for hazardous work is 18 years.

B) Wages and benefits, working hours
Compensation and benefits have to comply with fundamental principles relating
to minimum wages, overtime hours, and legally mandated benefits. Working
hours will, as a minimum, comply with all applicable laws, industry standards or
relevant ILO conventions, whichever standard is more stringent. Overtime
should be voluntary and employees have to be granted at least one day off
after 6 consecutive working days.

C) Freely chosen employment
Any form of forced or compulsory labour is prohibited. Employees have to be
free to leave employment after reasonable notice. It must not be required for
employees to hand over government-issued identification, passports or work
permits as a condition of employment.

D) Freedom of association
Workers have to be able to communicate openly with the management
regarding working conditions without fear of reprisal, intimidation or
harassment. Workers need to have the right to associate freely, join labour
unions, seek representation, and join workers’ councils.

E) Health and safety
Workers should have a safe and healthy working environment that meets or
exceeds applicable standards for occupational safety and health.

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