The Basic Code
Ethical Trade Initiative
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
1. Employment will be freely chosen
1.1 There will be no involuntary or forced labor, nor in the penitentiary framework.
1.2 Workers will not have to leave “deposits” or their identity documentation in the custody of the employer and will be free to leave their employment with a reasonable notice period.
2. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining will be respected
2.1 Workers, without any distinction, will have the right to join or establish the unions of their choice, as well as to bargain collectively.
2.2 The employer will adopt a tolerant attitude towards the activities of trade unions, as well as their organizing activities.
2.3 The representatives of the workers will not be discriminated against and will be able to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.
2.4 In those cases in which the law restricts the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, the employer will facilitate and not hinder the development of parallel means to associate and negotiate freely and independently.
3. Working conditions will be safe and hygienic
3.1 A safe and sanitary working environment will be provided, taking into account the prevailing knowledge of the industry, as well as any specific hazards. The necessary measures will be taken to avoid accidents and damage to health derived from work, associated with it or that occur in the course of it, by reducing, as far as is reasonable, the causes of the hazards inherent in the work environment. .
3.2 Workers will receive regular written training on health and safety, which will be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
3.3 Access to clean toilets and potable water and, if necessary, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
3.4 Accommodation, when provided, will be clean and safe and meet the basic needs of workers.
3.5 The company that adheres to the code will assign the responsibility for health and safety to a representative of the higher management.
4. Child labor will not be used
4.1 Child labor will not be hired.
4.2 Companies will develop or participate in and contribute to policies that favor the transition period necessary for any child working as a child laborer to be able to go to school and continue to receive a quality education until they are no longer a child. to. The terms “child” and “child labor” are defined in the annexes.
4.3 Children and young people under the age of 18 shall not be employed for work at night or in hazardous conditions.
4.4 These policies and procedures will conform to the provisions of the corresponding ILO regulations.
5. A living wage will be paid
5.1 The salaries and benefits paid for a standard work week must comply, as a minimum, with the national legal regulations or the reference industrial regulations, whichever establishes the highest salaries and benefits. In any case, wages must always be sufficient to cover basic needs and have some discretionary income.
5.2 All workers will be provided with written and understandable information on their working conditions in relation to wages before they accept employment and on the details of their wages during the pay period in question, each time they are paid.
5.3 Deductions from salary as a disciplinary measure will not be allowed nor will any deduction not provided for by national legislation be practiced without the express consent of the worker in question. All disciplinary actions must be recorded.
6. The working hours will not be excessive
6.1 The working hours must comply with national legislation, collective agreements and the provisions of points 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever offers greater protection to workers. Subsections 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labor law.
6.2 The working hours, excluding overtime, will be defined contractually and will not exceed 48 hours per week.*
6.3. Overtime will be voluntary and will be carried out responsibly, taking into account the following aspects: the scope, frequency and hours worked by each worker individually and the workforce as a whole. They must not take the place of regular employment. Overtime will always be compensated with a bonus, which is recommended not to be less than 125% of the usual salary.
6.4. The total number of hours worked in any seven-day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except in one of the following situations:
tions indicated in point 6.5. following.
6.5. Work hours may exceed 60 hours in any seven-day period in exceptional circumstances when one or more of the following occurs:
National legislation allows it;
When permitted by a collective agreement that has been freely negotiated with a union that represents a significant part of the workforce;
When appropriate measures are taken to safeguard the health and safety of workers; and
When the employer can demonstrate that there are exceptional circumstances, such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies.
6.6. Workers will have at least one day off for every 7-day period or, where national law allows, two days off for every 14-day period.
* International legislation recommends the progressive reduction of normal working hours, where appropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any type of reduction in the salary of employees.
workers as a result of reduced hours.
7. There will be no discrimination
7.1 There shall be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, training, promotion, firing or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, handicap, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or union or political affiliation.
8. Regular work will be provided
8.1 In all respects, the work performed shall be based on recognized employment relationships established through national law and practice.
8.2 Obligations towards employees in accordance with labor legislation and regulations or the social security system, arising from conventional labor relations, will not be evaded through the use of employment-only contracts, subcontracts or domestic work contracts, nor through internship programs in which there is no intention to equip the worker with skills or provide him with regular employment, nor will said obligations be evaded through the excessive use of contracts
of limited duration.
9. Inhuman or severe treatment will not be allowed
9.1 Physical abuse or punishment, the threat of physical abuse or sexual or other harassment, as well as verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation are prohibited.