Modern Slavery Act Code of Conduct
Forced or Involuntary Labour
Workers will not be subject to any form of forced labour. All work must be voluntary and workers shall have freedom to terminate their employment at any time without penalty, given notice of reasonable length.
Workers shall not be charged any fees or costs for recruitment, including costs associated with travel, processing official documents and work visas in both home and host countries.
Confiscating or withholding worker identity documents or other valuable items, including work permits and travel documents (e.g.: passports) is strictly prohibited. The retention of personal documents shall not be used as a means to bind workers to employment or to restrict their freedom of movement.
Contracts of Employment
Written contracts of employment shall be provided to migrant workers in a language they understand, clearly indicating their rights and responsibilities with regard to wages, working hours and employments conditions. Migrant workers shall be provided with their employment contract prior to deployment. The use of supplemental agreements and the practice of contract substitution are strictly prohibited.
Migrant workers shall not be required to lodge deposits or security payments at any time.
The workplace shall be free of any form of harsh or inhumane treatment.
Disciplinary policies and procedures shall be clearly defined and communicated to all workers, and shall not include any inhumane disciplinary measure, including mental or physical coercion, or verbal abuse of workers. Nor shall they result in wage deductions, reductions in benefits, or compulsory labour.
The use or threat of physical or sexual violence, harassment and intimidation against a worker, his or her family, or close associates, is strictly prohibited.
All workers shall be treated fairly and equally. Migrant workers shall benefit from conditions of work (including but not limited to wages, benefits and accommodation) no less favourable than those available to country nationals. Migrant workers (or their family members) shall not be threatened with denunciation/disclosure to authorities to coerce them into taking up or maintaining employment.
Wages and Benefits
All workers shall be paid at least the minimum wage and shall be provided all legally mandated benefits. Wage payments shall be made at regular intervals, directly to workers and shall not be delayed, deferred or withheld. Only deductions, advances or loans authorised by national law are permitted with the full consent of the worker. Clear and transparent information shall be provided to workers about hours worked, rates of pay and the calculation of legal deductions. All workers must retain full and complete control over their earnings. Wage deductions must not be used as a disciplinary measure or to keep workers tied to their employer or their jobs.
Workers shall not be forced to work in excess of the number of hours permitted in national law. Normal working hours and overtime shall not exceed 48 hours per week. No worker shall be made to work overtime under threat of penalty, dismissal or denunciation to authorities. No worker shall be forced to work overtime as a disciplinary measure or for failure to meet production quotas.
Freedom of Movement and Personal Freedom
Workers’ freedom of movement shall not be unreasonably restricted. Workers shall not be physically confined to the workplace or related premises nor shall any other coercive means be used to restrict their freedom of movement or personal freedom.
An effective procedure shall be established to ensure that any migrant worker, acting individually or with workers, can submit a grievance without suffering any prejudice or retaliation of any kind.
Private Employment Agencies
Companies shall hire migrant workers directly whenever possible. When the subcontracting of recruitment and hiring is necessary, companies shall ensure their labour agencies are certified or licensed by a competent authority. And that they do not engage in fraudulent behaviour placing the worker at risk of forced labour or trafficking for exploitation.