This social and ethical charter applies to all subcontractors, suppliers and partners of NTI.
Principle No. 1: HUMAN RIGHTS
Subcontractors are encouraged to promote and respect the protection of international law relating to human rights in their sphere of influence and to ensure that their own companies and partners do not become complicit in violations of human rights, especially violations of children’s rights. NTI’s approach is based in particular on respecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the OECD Guidelines.
Principle No. 2: EMPLOYMENT LAW
Subcontractors are encouraged to strive to ensure that all forms of forced or compulsory labour are eliminated and that any form of psychological or physical violence, harassment or discrimination is banned. Subcontractors are also encouraged to strive to ensure the effective abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination with regard to employment and professions. Subcontractors must offer acceptable salaries, benefits and working conditions and they must guarantee workers working hours which are in line with international standards and local law. Subcontractors are encouraged to respect the freedom of association and to recognise the right to collective negotiation.
Principle No. 3: HYGIENE, HEALTH AND SAFETY
Subcontractors must guarantee that all necessary measures are taken in terms of hygiene, health and safety in the workplace, in particular in order to cover the particular conditions specific to their sector of activity and the associated hazards, in accordance with the applicable regulatory and statutory obligations and principles pertaining to health and safety arising from local and international regulations.
Principle No. 4: ENVIRONMENT
Subcontractors are encouraged to apply the precautionary principle to deal with environmental issues. To this end, they must implement initiatives which promote a higher degree of responsibility towards the environment and the development and distribution of technologies which are kind to the environment. Subcontractors must comply with local and international standards, particularly those which are specific to their activities and relate to environmental protection, regardless of whether these standards are preventive or corrective in nature. They must comply with the REACH European regulations (regulation no. 1907/2006) which came into force in 2007 in order to ensure safety during the manufacture and use of chemical substances in European industry and which aim to protect human and environmental health against the potential hazards of chemical substances. Similarly, they must follow the recommendations of NTI relating to specific public health and environmental standards, which are communicated on a case-by-case basis.
Principle No. 5: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Subcontractors are encouraged to oppose all forms of corruption, including the extortion of funds and bribery. Any direct or indirect remuneration of individuals who hold decision-making powers at any level and in any organisation, be it public, private, governmental or other, is strictly forbidden, regardless of its purpose or form.
Principle No. 6: LEGISLATIVE COMPLIANCE
Each Subcontractor must ensure compliance with the legislation in force in the country where its company is based and in the countries where its production sites (if any) are located. In particular, it must refrain from any activity, conduct, agreement or partnership which may cause it or cause NTI or one of NTI’s associates to directly or indirectly become involved in illegal practices and tarnish NTI’s image. Each Subcontractor also agrees to comply with all national laws and international treaties in force pertaining to taxation, importation and exportation of products, free market economy, industrial and intellectual property, as well as business law in general.
Principle No. 7: ORIGIN OF PRODUCTS
The Subcontractor states that the proof of product origin which it agrees to supply to NTI for each delivery is genuine and authentic. This proof may be either the original official certificate pursuant to agreements between the relevant countries; a declaratory note appearing on the invoice and/or delivery note; or any other commercial document in which the description of the goods in question is sufficiently detailed to identify them.