Vårt etiske arbeid

Vårt etiske arbeid

Allsidige Nord har siden 2008 vært medlem av Initiativ for etisk handel Norge (IEH) og vi ønsker å være en trygg partner til våre kunder. Ved å legge din bestilling gjennom Allsidige Nord vet du at våre underleverandører er godkjent gjennom våre forpliktelser til IEH samt vår egen Code of Conduct.
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Allsidige Nord Code of Conduct 

Allsidige Nord AS will work to ensure that the suppliers of goods and services meet certain primary goals regarding the social aspects of production. The long-term objective for Allsidige Nord AS is, through agreements, to ensure that the production of goods meets these primary goals. While working towards suppliers, Allsidige Nord AS will also assist companies in furthering socially responsible business and contribute to a healthy social and economic development by favouring producers and producing countries.

Allsidige Nord AS will, at the same time, work towards suppliers and other competent parties in order to further improve production conditions that exceed the primary goals. Just say no policy (a mutual understanding for allowing to reject an order without consequences for future orders) Suppliers to Allsidige Nord AS are encouraged to assess the required orders from our clients and to make their own judgement about the liability of the order. There is and shall be opportunity for the producing company to deny any order from Allsidige Nord AS without any consequences for future business or partnership. 

The "just say no” policy is adopted to ensure a lower pressure on producers in accepting orders in which may have little or no value for the producing company. Furthermore the "just say no” policy is a tool to enhance long term partnerships where an understanding of production requirements and customer requirements are met. 1. Primary goals for production conditions All goods must be produced in accordance with the primary goals as defined below. As a rule, the primary goals must also be secured towards subcontractors. Labour rights will also apply to contract workers, commissioned workers and day workers employed by suppliers and subcontractors. 

1.1 Employment is freely chosen There shall be no form of forced labour. Workers are not required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice. 

1.2 The right to organise and to bargain collectively Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. If these rights are limited by law, the employer shall facilitate and under no circumstances hinder parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining. Workers representatives must not be discriminated against and shall have access to carry out their representative functions. 

1.3 Child labour According to the UN Convention of The Rights of Children and ILO Conventions 138 and 182, children under the age of 18 shall not be employed in work that may put their health ore safety in danger, including night work Children under 15 years (14 in developing countries) shall not be employed in work that may harm their health and/or education. New recruitment of child labour that does not conform to the above conventions will not be accepted. If such child labour is already taking place, work for immediate phasing-out should be initiated. Work will also be put down in order to ensure arrangements for providing subsistence and education for children until no longer of compulsory school age. '

1.4 No discrimination There shall no be discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation. Systems for protection against sexually intrusive, threatening, insulting or exploitive behaviour and against discrimination or unjust dismissal, e.g. marriage, pregnancy, parenthood, HIV-positive status should be established. 

1.5 No harsh or inhumane treatment Physical abuse or discipline and the threat of physical abuse shall be prohibited. The same applies to sexual or other harassment as well as other forms of intimidations. 

1.6 Safe and hygienic working conditions A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided. Workers shall receive regular health and safety training, and have access to necessary facilities. 

1.7 Living wage Wages and benefits paid must meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industrial benchmark standards, and always be enough to meet basic needs. Conditions in respect to wages shall be agreed upon before entering employment. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted. 

1.8 Working hours Working hours shall comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, and not exceed working hours and spare time in accordance with current international conventions. Imposed overtime shall be limited. 

1.9 Regular employment To every extent possible, work performed shall be on the basis of recognised employment relationships that protect the employees’ rights and social security as established through national law and practice. Obligations to employees shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub-contracting, or other labour relations. CONDITIONS OUTSIDE THE WORKPLACE 1.10 Property rights and traditional use of resources In cases of conflicts with local societies about the use of land or other natural resources, the parties, must through negotiations secure respect for individual and collective rights to areas and resources based on custom/practice. This also applies to cases where the rights are not formalised. 

1.11 Marginalized groups The production and sourcing of raw materials for production must not contribute to harm the livelihood of marginalized groups, e.g. by occupying large land areas or other natural resources the groups in question are dependent on. 

1.12 Environment Production and sourcing of raw materials must not, in the short or long term, harm the environment in any way that directly threatens peoples’ health, environment or safety. 

2. Favouring of producers and producing countries Allsidige Nord AS shall, when choosing suppliers, in addition to other competition conditions, consider social criteria. Fulfilment of one ore more social criteria is considered a competitive advantage and should be taken into consideration when choosing supplier and product when products are otherwise competitive. 

2.1 Favourable conditions for poor producers Allsidige Nord AS shall strive to import products from producers registered under the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation International (FLO) and other products produced under particularly favourable conditions for small, poor and marginalized producers. 

2.2 Social responsibility, improvement and potential for improvement As long as the minimum standards have been met, producers will not be favoured on the basis of meeting the highest standard at a given time. Nevertheless, producers that in the near past have shown a positive development and have potential for further development in the near future will be preferred. 

2.3 Healthy economic and social development Production that takes place within a framework that contributes to a healthy economic and social development in the country is considered a competitive advantage. Particular emphasis is placed on discerning whether production contributes to improving the incomes of poor, marginalized groups, or whether production of raw materials and processing is controlled by a small number of powerful actors and incomes to a low extent are distributed throughout society. The degree of corruption in the country or in the trade in question is also considered. 

2.4 Poor producing countries Poor producing countries and regions are favoured over richer producing countries and regions. 

2.5 Boycotts of individual countries Allsidige Nord AS shall avoid buying products from countries when there is broad international consensus about boycott because of the country’s human rights situation. 

3. Continuous improvement of production conditions In cases where the minimum standards cannot be met immediately, or in cases where these are already met, the companies will work to continuously improve production conditions. This work will be directed towards direct, cost effective measures in fields that there is reason to believe have genuine potential for improvement. When it comes to measures beyond the primary goals, member unions as well as NGOs and companies shall initiate and carry through measures. 

3.1 Collective bargaining, wages and other working conditions Wages and other working conditions should be a result of collective bargaining. In cases where historical, political, cultural or other causes makes it unlikely that collective bargaining secures the employees’ interests, or when collective bargaining is limited by national legislation, Allsidige Nord AS will initiate other measures for actual collective bargaining. Such measures shall be developed in dialogue with employees, trade unions and other competent parties. 

3.2 Regular, reliable and living wage In cases where the workers paid the lowest wages have incomes amounting to, or approaching the minimum legal standards, Allsidige Nord AS will initiate dialogue between local parties in order to consider measures that may ensure regular, reliable and living wages, and in other ways strengthen the economic situation of the poorest workers in particular. 

3.3 Health, environment and safety When the minimum standards of health, environment and safety have been met, measures towards improvement of health, environment and safety in the work place and in relation to the work performed shall be taken. Strategies and measures shall be worked out in co-operation with the workers and be based on their pronounced interests. CONDITIONS OUTSIDE THE WORK PLACE 

3.4 Poorest producers of raw materials It is important to ensure stable and predictable prices for raw materials produced by poor producers of raw materials. 

3.5 Marginalized groups If it is documented that the production harms marginalized groups, collaboration with local parties and other competent parties shall be initiated in order to consider possible measures to improve conditions. 3.6 Environmental Allsidige Nord AS will work for continuous improvement of environmental aspects of production and distribution of goods for the Norwegian market. Measures will be considered throughout the entire production- and distribution chain, from production of raw materials to sale, and not be limited to own business and suppliers. Local, regional as well as global environmental aspects must be sought taken care of. 

The above Code of Conduct is read and understood. 
Managing Director
Anders J Bredesen