Employers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.
Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor.
Employers shall not employ people under the age of 15, or the minimum age for the completion of compulsory education, or the minimum age of employment required by law in the country of manufacture, whichever is higher.
Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Employers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with or occurring in the course of work or as a result of operation of employers’ facilities. Employers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment. Employers must meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations in their country with regard to hazardous materials and all waste and emissions materials.
The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Except in extraordinary business circumstances, employers shall not require workers to work more than 60 hours a week, or the maximum number of work hours per week permitted in the applicable country of manufacture, whichever is less. Employees should be granted at least 24 consecutive hours off in every seven-day period. In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employers should compensate employees for overtime hours at the applicable premium rate required by law in their country. All overtime work should be consensual and should not be requested on a regular basis.
Every worker shall have the right to compensation for a regular work week that is sufficient to meet the workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income. Where this is not achieved each employer shall develop and implement steps to progressively realize a level of compensation that does. Employers shall pay at least the minimum wage, or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract.