Oxfam Ethical Purchasing Policy
1. Policy Statement
Oxfam’s policy is to seek to purchase goods and services that:
Are produced and delivered under labour conditions that meet the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code (ETI) and therefore do not involve the abuse or exploitation of any person
Have the least negative impact on climate change and the environment
Such considerationswill form part of the evaluation and selection criteria for all goods and services purchased by Oxfam.
In addition, Oxfam will seek alternative sources where the conduct of suppliers demonstrably violates the basic rights of Oxfam’s intended beneficiaries, and there is no willingness to address the situation within a reasonable time period, or where companies in the supply chain are involvedin the manufacture or sale of arms in ways that are unacceptable to Oxfam.
The purpose of the policy is to:
Promote good Labour, Green House Gas Emission Reduction and Environmental Standards in the Suppliers and Supply Chain of Oxfam
Protect and Enhance Oxfam’s reputation as an active campaigner on Labour and Climate Change issues
This Policy is issued in conjunction withfour other Procurement related policies:
Procurement Authority Policy
Procurement Integrity Policy
Operational Sustainability Policy
Expenditure Authorisation Policy
Oxfam code of conduct for suppliers
Suppliers should commit to continuous improvement towards compliance with the labour and environmental standards specified, both in their own companies and those of their suppliers.Suppliers are expected to meet the obligations outlined in the Operating Principles section of this policy.
A. Labour Standards
Oxfam has adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code outlined below for labour standards in this Code of Conduct. The ETI is an alliance of companies, non-governmental organisations and trade unions committed to working together to identify and promote goodpractice in the implementation of Codes of labour practice, which are based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions. Please see www.ethicaltrade.org
Employment is freely chosen:
There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
Workers are not required to lodge `deposits’ or their identity papers with the employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonablenotice.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected:
Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.
The employer adopts an open attitude towards the legitimate activities of trade unions.
Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out theirrepresentative functions in the workplace.
Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
Working conditions are safe and hygienic:
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind theprevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and suchtraining shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
Access to clean toilet facilities and potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.
The company observing the standards shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management...