Chase Corporation operates with the highest level of ethical business standards and integrity in the communities where we work, serve and live. We rely on our network of suppliers and business partners across the globe to conduct themselves with the same high standards of integrity, values and operating principles.
Our “Supplier Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards” (Supplier Code) outlines Chase Corporation’s expectations and guidelines with respect to responsible sourcing that includes our commitment 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 International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Guidelines for Multi-national Enterprises, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Ten Principles of the United Nations 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 company, subsidiaries, or affiliate entities. Our suppliers’ sub-contractors 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 by Chase Corporation within their own business operations. We require our suppliers to abide by all applicable national, state, and local laws and regulations in the markets where they operate. In the instances in which 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 and intention to comply with the requirements of the Supplier Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards.
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 International Labour Organization 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.
Violations of child labor laws include but are not limited to:
- Individuals hired under 15 years of age, or 14 years of age where local law allows, and such exception is consistent with International Labour Organization 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 that interferes with mandatory schooling or vocational education.
- Any employment of workers under the age of 18 that 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 practices 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.
Additional forms of abuse include:
- 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 exploitation.
- In advance of employment, workers are not 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 who are not free to leave work and terminate their employment upon reasonable notice without penalty.
- Employers who retain any personal identification, travel documents, or wages as conditions of employment.
- Employers who require job seekers and or current employees to pay fees or deposits to gain or maintain their employment.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Chase Corporation respects employee rights 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.
Chase Corporation 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 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 or in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace.
Working Hours, Wages, and Benefits
Chase Corporation 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.
We expect suppliers to adhere to the following:
- 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. These norms include but are not limited to overtime hours paid at the legally mandated premium or in line with the guidance provided by International Labour Organization 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, working from home, or apprenticeship schemes, are not used to avoid obligations to workers under labor or social security laws and regulations.
Safe and Healthy Workplace
Chase Corporation requires that all workers be provided with a safe and healthy working environment.
To maintain a safe and healthy environment:
- Workers have the right to refuse and report unsafe or unhealthy working conditions regardless of role, title or responsibility.
- Prior to employment and then on a regular basis, workers are trained in their primary language on the appropriate occupational health and safety policies and procedures, including emergency evacuation procedures.
- Workers are provided appropriate protective equipment and instructed on appropriate use.
- All workers are provided potable drinking water and adequate and clean sanitation facilities.
- Unreasonable limitations to workers’ access to sanitary facilities, rest, or lactation breaks are prohibited.
Chase Corporation is committed to doing business with suppliers and business partners who demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical behavior.
Our expectation is that:
- Suppliers conduct their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and 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 and applicable international anti-corruption conventions.
- Suppliers and business partners who extend any business courtesies to our employees, will do so infrequently, and the courtesies must be of no more than nominal value ($50). Suppliers and business partners will also accurately reflect their business dealings in their books and records.
- Suppliers and business partners with access to Chase Corporation’s confidential information should not disclose such information to any other person without our prior written consent.
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.
Suppliers must ensure that:
- 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 policy.
Management Systems, Compliance and Auditing
Suppliers are required to comply with the Chase Corporation Environmental, Health, and Safety Policy provisions.
- Comply with all applicable environmental, health, safety laws, regulations, and internal standards.
- Operate the business with minimal environmental impact and maintain a safe and healthy workplace for persons working for and on behalf of the Company.
- Prevent pollution and protect the environment through continual improvement of environmental, health and safety performance.
Suppliers must ensure that adequate and effective management systems, policies, procedures, financial documentation, and training are in place to ensure ongoing compliance with this policy. In addition, periodic auditing of our suppliers will be used to verify compliance with Chase Corporation requirements.
We reserve the right to request information from suppliers concerning the management of relevant issues outlined in this Supplier Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards.
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