ETI Base Code

The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.

Our HR Manager Jackie Goggans is our appointed senior member of staff responsible for delivering compliance of the ETI BASE CODE

Blauberg UK - ETI base code compliance policy

1: ETI Base Code Compliance Policy


Blauberg UK Ltd is committed to the highest standards of business and ethical behaviour including compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as company policies, practices and procedures.

Blauberg UK Ltd recognizes the ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and accepts is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.

2: Policy Objectives

The objective of this policy is to ensure that the Company has in place appropriate policies, practices and procedures in order to meet the standards as required under the ETI Base Code.

3: Policy Scope

Blauberg UK Ltd’s ETI Base Code Compliance Policy applies to all Blauberg UK Ltd employees worldwide. This applies to all locations where Blauberg UK Ltd conducts business and to all company-sponsored events.

4: Definitions

ETI Base Codes outlines the minimum requirements and standards under prescribed areas affecting the recruitment, employment and treatment of all staff including employed staff, agency workers, migrant workers and contract workers.

5: Guidelines

Blauberg UK Ltd conducts its business in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of all people, complying with all applicable laws and regulations. Our policies reflect our commitment to respecting ethical employment of all people engaged in the business operations of the Company.

5.1 A Senior Manager is appointed as the responsible person for ensuring compliance with the ETI Base Code. The Senior Manager responsible for Compliance is the HR Manager.

5.2 The company will ensure appropriate policies and procedures are in place to implement practices that meet the requirements of the base code.

5.3 The HR Manager will ensure that the ETI Base Code is communicated to all employees, suppliers and associates who perform work on behalf of the Company.

5.4 The HR Manager will be responsible for ensuring the Company operates its facilities observing all due legal compliance for premises and appropriate licences, insurances, and checks are carried out on an annual basis.

5.5 The HR Manager is responsible for ensuring measures are in place to capture employment data such as staff turnover rates, absenteeism, grievances, accidents and are monitored for action.

5.6 The HR Manager is responsible for ensuring that self and the Company are updated on employment law changes and has appropriate mechanisms in place to achieve this.

5.7 The manager is responsible for ensuring that key staff are trained on the ETI Base Code.

6: Responsibility

The ETI Base Code Compliance Policy is the responsibility of the HR Manager.

7: Compliance

Employees and suppliers are expected to comply with this and all applicable Blauberg UK Ltd policies. Violation of this policy or the refusal to cooperate will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination and referral to the appropriate authorities, where we have sound reason to believe that our partner organisations infringe Human Rights we reserve the right to cease those relationships as warranted. Specific to this policy, employees and suppliers are expected to:

7.1 Abide by the ETI Based Code.

7.2 Advise the HR Manager of any concerns regarding compliance with the ETI Base Code.

The ETI Base Code is an internationally recognised set of labour standards based on ILO conventions. It is used by ETI members and others to drive improvements in working conditions around the world.

Why commit to the ETI Base Code?

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labor shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive

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ETI Base Code

1: Employment is freely chosen

1.1 There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.

1.2 Workers are not required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.

2: Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

2.1 Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.

2.2 The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities.

2.3 Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.

2.4 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.

3: Working conditions are safe and hygienic

3.1 A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing 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.

3.2 Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.

3.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.

3.4 Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.

3.5 The company observing the code shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative.

4: Child labour shall not be used

4.1 There shall be no new recruitment of child labour.

4.2 Companies shall develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child; "child" and "child labour" being defined in the appendices.

4.3 Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.

4.4 These policies and procedures shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO standards.

5: Living wages are paid

5.1 Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. In any event wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.

5.2 All workers shall be provided with written and understandable Information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.

5.3 Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted without the expressed permission of the worker concerned. All disciplinary measures should be recorded.

6: Working hours are not excessive

6.1 Working hours must comply with national laws, collective agreements, and the provisions of 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever affords the greater protection for workers. 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labour standards.

6.2 Working hours, excluding overtime, shall be defined by contract, and shall not exceed 48 hours per week*

6.3 All overtime shall be voluntary. Overtime shall be used responsibly, taking into account all the following: the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole. It shall not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime shall always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be not less than 125% of the regular rate of pay.

6.4 The total hours worked in any 7 day period shall not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by clause 6.5 below.

6.5 Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any 7 day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:

  • this is allowed by national law;
  • this is allowed by a collective agreement freely negotiated with a workers’ organisation representing a significant portion of the workforce;
  • appropriate safeguards are taken to protect the workers’ health and safety;
  • the employer can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies.

6.6 Workers shall be provided with at least one day off in every 7 day period or, where allowed by national law, 2 days off in every 14 day period.*

*International standards recommend the progressive reduction of normal hours of work, when appropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any reduction in workers’ wages as hours are reduced

7: No discrimination is practiced

7.1 There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

8: Regular employment is provided

8.1 To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.

8.2 Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub- contracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed-term contracts of employment.

9: No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

9.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.

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