Bamatex Home Textiles BV is committed to conducting business ethically and in compliance with the letter and spirit of the law. We are committed to be socially and environmentally responsible. This commitment is reflected in Bamatex Home Textiles Values. Inherent in each value is our commitment to be ethical, truthful and dependable and this is reflected through our Standards of Code of conduct which serves as a guide to making good decisions and conducting business ethically.
To make our position clear for all our suppliers and for other partners this Code of Conduct has been set up. Our Code of Conduct contains labour-and environment requirements, as well as other ethical requirements, which accord with provisions in international conventions and instruments, such as the ILO (International Labour Organization) Core Conventions.
In many cases the Code requirements are the same as provisions specified ln National laws and regulations. Should the provisions of national law and the requirement of our Code of conduct differ, the highest standard shall apply.
The requirements of our Code of Conduct are non-negotiable and shall be complied with by our suppliers, and their subcontractors, through all their activities. If non-compliances occur, we expect corrective actions to be taken within a reasonable time frame agreed upon between the supplier and Bamatex Home Textiles BV. If corrective actions don’t meet expectations, business with the supplier will be terminated.
Our Core Values are:
- We strive to provide high quality services and products that meet the expectations and requirements of our customers and suppliers.
- We grow our business profitably.
- We strive continuously to improve.
- We operate our business ethical.
II. PRINCIPLES OF BAMATEX HOME TEXTILES BV
The business relationship between Bamatex Home Textiles BV and its suppliers shall be based on mutual respect, and all parties shall communicate in a good and constructive manner throughout the process.
Bamatex Home Textiles BV’s goal
Our goal is to influence the work for respect for Human & Labour Rights and environmental protection both within the company and towards our business partners.
Favouring of producers and producing countries
Bamatex Home Textiles BV will, when choosing suppliers, in addition to other competition aspects, consider social and environmental standards. Compliance with these standards, is considered as a competitive advantage and will be taken into consideration when choosing suppliers and vendors.
Boycott of individual countries
Bamatex Home Textiles BV will avoid buying from countries where there is broad international consensus to boycott because of the country's human rights situation.
Corruption and bribery
Bamatex Home Textiles BV, including all employees, do not accept the offer, gift or acceptance of a bribe in any form, including kickbacks, on any portion of a contract payment, or the use of other routes or channels to provide improper benefits to customers, agents, contractors, suppliers, or employees of any such party or governmental officials.
Continuous evaluation and improvement of Bamatex Home Textiles BV internal policies and practices
Bamatex Home Textiles BV will continuously evaluate and, if applicable, improve our own policy and purchasing practices in order to facilitate suppliers and subcontractors compliance with this Code of Conduct.
III. CODE OF CONDUCT
A. HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Freely Chosen Employment (ILO conventions Nos. 29 and 105)
1.1. There shall be no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
1.2. Workers shall not be required to lodge "deposits" or identity papers with their employer and shall be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
2. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining (ILO Conventions Nos. 87, 98, 135 and 154)
2.1. Workers, without distinction, shall have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.
2.2. Workers representatives shall not be discriminated and shall have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.
2.3. Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer shall facilitate, and not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
3. No Child Labour (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ILO Conventions Nos, 138, 182 and 79, and ILO Recommendation No. 146)
3.1. Children and young persons under the age of 18 shall not be engaged in labour that is hazardous to their health or safety, including night work.
3.2. Children under the age of 15 (14 or 16 in certain countries) shall not be engaged in labour that is detrimental to their education. We don’t accept any child labour in a production of articles for Bamatex Home Textiles BV. Not by suppliers and not by subcontractors. If child labour has been found in any place of production, supplier must take immediately actions to implement the necessary measures.
3.3. New recruitment of child labour in infringing of the above mentioned conventions is unacceptable. However, the children concerned shall be given the possibility of earning a level, as well as acquiring an education until they are no longer of compulsory school age.
4. No Discrimination (ILO Conventions Nos. 100 and 111 and the UN Convention on Discrimination Against Women)
4.1. There shall be no discrimination at the work place based on ethnic background, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
4.2. Measures shall be established to protect workers from sexually intrusive, threatening, insulting or exploitative behaviour, and from discrimination or termination of employment on unjustifiable grounds, e.g. marriage, pregnancy, parenthood or HIV status.
5. No Harsh or Inhumane Treatment
5.1. physical abuse or punishment, or threats of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse, as well as other forms of intimidation, shall be prohibited.
B. WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT
6. Adequate Wages (ILO Convention No. 131)
6.1. Wages and benefits paid fora standard working week shall meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or Industry benchmark standards, whichever ls higher. Wages should always be enough to meet basic needs.
6.2. All workers shall be provided with a written and comprehensible contract outlining their wage conditions and method of payments before entering employment.
6.3. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted.
7. No Excessive Working Hours (ILO Convention No. 1 and 14)
7.1. Working hours shall comply with national laws and benchmark industry
standards, whichever affords greater protection. It is recommended that working hours do not exceed 48 hours per week (8 hours per day).
7.2. Workers shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7 day period
7.3. Overtime shall be limited. Recommended maximum overtime is 12 hours per week.
7.4. Workers shall always receive overtime pay, minimum ln accordance with current legislation.
8. Providing Regular Employment
8.1. Obligations to employees under international conventions and social security laws, and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship, shall not be
avoided through the use of short term contracting (such as contract labour, casual labour or day labour), sub-contractors or other labour relationships.
8.2. All workers are entitled to a contract of employment that shall be written in a language they understand.
8.3. The duration and content of apprenticeship programmes shall be clearly defined.
9. Safe and Hygienic Working Conditions (ILO Convention No, 155 and ILO Recommendation No 164)
9.1. The working environment shall be safe and hygienic, 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.
9.2. Workers shall receive regular and documented health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new workers.
9.3. Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
9.4. Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe and adequately ventilated, and shall have access to clean toilet facilities and potable water.
C. ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
10. Consideration for Marginalized Populations
10.1. Production and extraction of raw materials for production shall not contribute to the destruction of the resources and income base for marginalized populations, such as in claiming large land areas or other natural resources on which these populations are dependent.
11. Protection of the Environment
11.1. Environmental measures shall be taken into consideration throughout the production and distribution chain ranging from the production of raw material to the consumer sale. Local, regional and global environmental aspects shall be considered. The local environment at the production site shall not be exploited or degraded by pollution.
11.2. National and international environmental legislation and regulations shall be respected..
11.3. Relevant discharge permits shall be obtained where required,
11.4. Hazardous chemicals and other substances shall be carefully managed.
11.5. Strong focus will be kept on managing water consumption, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
D. MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
12. Management System
12.1. The supplier shall take positive actions to implement the requirements of this standard, to incorporate the standard into all of its operations, and to make the standard an integral part of its overall philosophy.
12.2. The supplier shall assign responsibility for all matters pertaining to this Code of Conduct to a manager within its organisation.
12.3. Top Management of the supplier shall periodically review the operation of the requirements of this standard.
12.4. The supplier accepts responsibility for observing the requirements of this
standard with respect to all employees and workers that it supervises and agrees to:
a - assign responsibility for implementing this standard at each place that it
owns or controls to an employee.
b - ensure that employees and workers are aware of the standard by
communicating its contents and a language understood by them.
c - refrain from disciplining, dismissing or otherwise discriminating against
any employee for providing information concerning observance of this
12.5. The supplier shall maintain appropriate records to demonstrate conformance to the requirements of this standard, and shall be able to provide reasonable
information and access to parties approved by Bamatex Home Textiles BV seeking to verify conformance.
12.6. The supplier will make observance of this Code of Conduct a condition of all agreements that it enters into with subcontractors. These agreements shall oblige these subcontractors to conform to all requirements of this standard and participate in the supplier’s monitoring activities as requested.
12.7. Regarding the use of agents, or several factories or suppliers that have subcontractors, all links shall be traceable concerning manufacturing location with
respect to the manufactured goods delivered to Bamatex Home Textiles BV. Any sub-contracting shall be agreed upon by Bamatex Home Textiles BV prior to any production.
IV. AUDITING AND MONITORING
To evaluate the compliance of this Code of Conduct Bamatex Home Textiles BV will make use of audits either by own personnel or by approved third parties. We reserve the right to monitor the compliance of this Code of Conduct by systematic,
unannounced or announced inspections, conducted by Bamatex Home Textiles BV
personnel or independent auditors.
V. CORRECTIVE ACTION AND NON-COMPLIANCE
Bamatex Home Textiles BV Code of Conduct sets the standard expected to be met by all our suppliers and partners during operation and manufacturing.
If repeated violations are established without any effort by the supplier to take appropriate actions, it is our duty to terminate the cooperation with such suppliers.
Waregem, November 2021
CEO Bamatex home textiles