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I. Working conditions/labour

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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