Supplier Code of Conduct

Supplier Code of Conduct

Chase Corporation (“Chase Corp.” or the “Company”) operates with high ethical business standards and integrity in the communities where we work and live. We count on our network of suppliers and business partners across the globe to commit to and uphold our high standards of integrity, values, and operating principles.

Our Supplier Code (the “Supplier Code”) outlines Chase Corporation’s expectations and guidelines with respect to responsible sourcing including our commitments to human rights, the environment, health and safety, business ethics, and the development of a diverse and sustainable supply chain.

The Supplier Code is aligned with the International Bill of Human Rights, The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.

We require all suppliers and business partners to comply with this Supplier Code. “Suppliers” refers to any third party that provides goods or services to Chase Corporation for compensation including, but not limited to, our direct and indirect suppliers, co-manufacturers, labor providers, logistic providers, distributors, and licensees including their parent, subsidiary or affiliate entities. Sub-contractors of suppliers are also expected to adhere to the Supplier Code.

We expect our suppliers and business partners to communicate these expectations throughout their supply chain by adopting efficient management systems, policies, procedures, and training to uphold the standards and expectations set forth in this Supplier Code within their own business operations. We require our suppliers to abide by all applicable national, state, and local laws/regulations in the markets where they operate; however, where local laws or standards differ from this Supplier Code, we expect our suppliers to comply with the more stringent standards and principles.

By its acceptance of any purchase order from Chase Corporation, the supplier acknowledges its acceptance of the Supplier Code and intention to comply with its requirements.

Child Labor

Chase Corporation does not tolerate any violation of child labor laws and regulations by our supply chain partners. We are committed to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor, as defined by ILO Convention 138 & 182. Chase Corporation expects our suppliers to prevent child labor violations in their operations and encourages our suppliers to participate in industry efforts aimed at the elimination of such practices wherever they exist in the supply chain.

  • No individuals are hired under 15 years of age, or 14 years of age where local law allows, and such exception is consistent with ILO Convention No. 138 & 182, or under the legal minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is greatest.
  • Any employment of workers under the age of 18 does not interfere with schooling or vocational education or expose children to risks that can harm physical, mental, or emotional development.

Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

Chase Corporation does not tolerate any form of abusive or illegal labor in our supply chains such as forced labor or human trafficking. Chase Corporation requires that all labor in its supply chain be voluntary and that workers are allowed freedom of movement. All forms of forced labor and human trafficking are prohibited including but not limited to any form of prison, slave, bonded, or forced indentured labor.

  • The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them is prohibited.
  • In advance of employment, workers are provided accurate and understandable information about the basic terms of their employment clearly stating their rights and responsibilities as well as information on wages, hours, and holidays.
  • Workers are free to leave work and terminate their employment upon reasonable notice without penalty and employers must not retain any personal identification, travel documents, or wages as conditions of employment.
  • Job seekers and current employees are not charged or required to pay fees or deposits in order to gain or maintain their employment.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Chase Corp. respects the rights of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining across its operations and supply chain.

  • Workers have the right to form, join, or not join trade unions or other organizations of their choosing and collectively bargain without fear of discrimination, retaliation, harassment or intimidation.
  • In cases where freedom of association is restricted by local law, alternative means of freedom of association will not be obstructed.

Non-Discrimination

Chase Corp. does not tolerate any form of discrimination in the workplace. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the work environment.

We value and advance the diversity and inclusion of the people with whom we work. We are committed to equal opportunity and are intolerant of discrimination and harassment. We expect our suppliers to work to maintain workplaces that are free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, national or social origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, political opinion or any other status protected by applicable law. The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, development, training, compensation, and advancement should be qualifications, performance, skills, and experience. We do not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment, or retaliation of any kind. Harassment is not tolerated in the workplace and in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace.

Working Hours, Wages, and Benefits

Chase Corp. is committed to upholding applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements regarding working hours, wages, and benefits for individuals employed throughout the supply chain. We encourage our Suppliers to work toward paying a wage that is sufficient for workers to meet their basic needs and provide some discretionary income.

  • Wages and benefits are paid on time and at least equal to the applicable legal minimum wage and any associated statutory benefits.
  • Working hours reflect applicable legal norms and overtime hours are paid at the legally mandated premium or in line with the guidance provided by ILO Convention 1 (the rate of pay for overtime shall not be less than one-and-one-quarter times the regular rate) if there is no mandated premium.
  • Suppliers shall ensure that work schedules and rest periods are consistent with applicable local legal requirements. Work hours and schedules should not be excessive and negatively impact employees’ health or safety.
  • Temporary labor arrangements, including the excessive use of fixed-term contracts, labor-only contracting, subcontracting, home-working, or apprenticeship schemes, are not be used to avoid obligations to workers under labor or social security laws and regulations.

Safe and Healthy Workplace

Chase Corp. requires that all workers be provided with a safe and healthy working environment.

  • Workers have the right to refuse and report unsafe or unhealthy working conditions regardless of role, title or responsibility.
  • Workers are trained on the appropriate occupational health and safety policies and procedures, including emergency evacuation procedures, prior to employment, and then on a regular basis in the primary language(s) of its workers. Workers are provided appropriate protective equipment and instructed on appropriate use.
  • Potable drinking water is provided to all workers as well as adequate and clean sanitation facilities for male and female workers. Unreasonable limitations to workers’ access to toilets, rest, or lactation breaks are prohibited.

Business Ethics

Chase Corporation is committed to doing business with suppliers and business partners who demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical behavior.

  • Suppliers conduct their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and to have controls in place that prohibit and detect the misuse of company assets, corruption, bribery, improper gifts, extortion, embezzlement, and even the appearance of conflicts of interest.
  • Suppliers’ business dealings should be fair, legal, and honest.
  • Suppliers shall abide by all applicable anti-corruption laws and regulations of the countries in which they operate, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and applicable international anti-corruption conventions.
  • If suppliers and business partners extend any business courtesies to our employees, they will do so infrequently and the courtesies must be of no more than moderate value. Suppliers and business partners will also accurately reflect their business dealings in their books and records.
  • Suppliers and business partners with access to Chase Corp.’s confidential information should not disclose such information to any other person without our advance written consent.

Grievance Mechanisms

Chase Corporation expects suppliers to provide grievance mechanisms that are transparent, responsive, anonymous, unbiased, and confidential to workers and other parties across the value chain.

  • Workers know of and have access to grievance mechanisms that allow for anonymous reporting. Reported concerns and violations are addressed in a timely manner and follow a clearly outlined process.
  • Workers who speak up in good faith are protected from retribution, retaliation, and reprisal.
  • Chase Corporation is notified if any concerns or violations are reported through the grievance mechanism that are in direct violation of this Supplier Code.

Management Systems, Compliance and Auditing

Suppliers ensure that adequate and effective management systems, policies, procedures, financial documentation, and training are in place to ensure ongoing compliance with the Supplier Code. We reserve the right to request from our suppliers information about the management of relevant issues outlined in the Supplier Code.

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