8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

To ensure a fair working environment in our factories, all our manufacturers have signed our Anti-Slavery-, Child Labor- and Human and Labor Rights policies.

Forced labor:

  • Suppliers must not use forced, prisoned or illegal labor in any of our supplier’s production units.
  • Workers shall not have to leave any sort of deposit and/or ID/passport when hired by the factory.
  • The worker shall always sign a contract upon beginning work at the factory. The contract shall be written in a language that the worker understands.
  • The worker has the right to terminate the employment according to national law.
  • Overtime should be voluntary at all times.
  • Workers should have free access to toilets, water and praying rooms at all times if/when necessary.
  • Suppliers must ensure that all feasible measures are taken to prevent workers from falling into debt bondage through company loans.

Freedom of Association:

  • Suppliers should recognize the right of workers to join, form or not to join trade unions of their choice without fear of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.
  • The supplier should engage in collective bargaining with legally recognized employee representative
  • When law restricts unions, the supplier should encourage and not prevent the formation of worker committees, from which workers have the opportunity to collectively express their grievances directly to the management.

Working Hours and Compensation:

  • Working hours should always be kept within the limits of national law but no higher than 60 hours per week, including overtime hours.
  • Workers should receive at least one rest day in a 7-day period.
  • Workers should be free to refuse overtime without fearing contract termination or punishments.
  • All national laws regarding compensation of workers should be kept.
  • Withholding of wages for any reason is not allowed.
  • Workers should be given at least the national minimum wage, and this should be enough to meet the basic needs of the workers.
  • Pay slips must always be signed and handed over to the respective worker.
  • National law on social insurances must be kept at all times.

Discrimination and harassment:

  • Workers shall never be discriminated against in relation to race, color, caste, nationality, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • The supplier must ensure that policies are in place to prevent any form of harassment and discrimination in the factory.

 

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is about people being exploited and completely controlled by someone else, without being able to leave.

Slavery happens to people or groups of people who are vulnerable to being taken advantage of.

Modern slavery can be:

  • Forced Labour,
  • Human Trafficking
  • Debt bondage

 

Someone is in slavery if they are:

  • Forced to work or controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
  • Dehumanised, treated as a commodity, or bought and sold as ‘property’
  • Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement.

JUST female condemns all forms of exploiting people and forcing them into slavery.

We will through assessments control that slavery does not occur anywhere in our supply chain.

 

Child Labor

In accordance with our Code of Conduct, Child Labor is not allowed throughout our entire supply chain.

Definition of a child:

The definition of a child is a person under the age of 15 unless country regulations stipulate a higher age, in which case the higher age shall apply.

Definition of a young worker:

The definition of a young worker is any worker from 15 (or 16) years of age until 18 years of age.

The requirements:

Suppliers must ensure that Child Labor is not present in our supply chain.

  • JUST female does not accept any form of employment of children below the minimum age mentioned above.
  • The factory must have proper hiring systems in place to prevent children from working at the factory. Records of age verification must be kept at all times.
  • If the factory is providing childcare facilities, they must ensure that the children remain at that area and never enter production areas.
  • Young workers should only perform light work, which does not encompass working with dangerous chemicals, heavy lifting, or dangerous machinery.
  • Young workers should not be subjected to work that can be harmful to their health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development.
  • JUST female is informed immediately if confirmed child labor is detected.
  • If child labor is detected at the production units, the supplier is requested to make sure that proper measures in the best interest of the child are taken and below Child Labor Policy shall apply.

In case of Child Labor:

In cooperation with the supplier a satisfactory solution, taking into consideration the child’s age, social situation and education must be found.

Any measures taken should always aim to improve, not worsen, each child’s situation.

If children are to be replaced from improper working, then the factory should continue to pay the wages to the child until it reaches the legal age for working. If possible, a member of the child´s family should be offered the position and paid a minimum wage. This is in order to secure a stable private economy of the child and its family.

If the child has finished primary school, the child should be offered education that supports the child’s further development until it reaches the legal age for working, after which the child should be offered the job again on the same terms as other workers in the factory.

JUST female reserves the right to involve non-governmental organizations with the purpose of driving the process to secure the child’s future.

If supplier refuses to cooperate in implementing this policy after child labour has been confirmed, we will terminate all business with said supplier. However, if the opposite, we will continue our cooperation with the supplier and help to ensure, that no child is ever hired into the factory again.