Ethical Policy Statement :-
1) Employment is freely chosen
2) Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
3) Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4) Child labour shall not be used
5) Living wages are paid
6) Working hours are not excessive
7) No discrimination is practiced
8) Regular employment is provided
9) No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
The Company is engaged in importing of Natural Landscaping Stones from India and joined ETI in the year 2011. Since then the Company has come a long way in implementing ETI principles in its supply chain down to quarry level. We had participated in many events organized by ETI in U.K and India. We have a team of four personnel who look after / organize the affairs of the activities related to ETI. The activities regarding implementation of ETI principles in its supply chain is directly monitored and supervised by the director of the Company. Company’s first tier supplier in India is M/S Manu Tiling Company (P) Ltd who is also actively participating in the process of implementing ETI principles in its supply chain. Manu Tiling is also having a team of three personnel for looking after the affairs of ETI activities in the supply chain.
After joining ETI during the year 2011, the main task undertaken by the Company was to eradicate the menance of child labour from its supply chain. We are of strong view that the purpose of eradicating child labour is not solved unless those displaced children are properly rehabilitated. So we are actively involved in rehabilitation the displaced children by supporting them financially and by undertaking their education programmes with the help of NGOs engaged in the welfare activities of under privileged children. We are also effectively utilising the services of student volunteers for this purpose. This activity of the Company, we believe, come as corporate social responsibility and expected to be a continued process.
Another area we gave stress was employing proper safety measures in the work area by wearing safety equipment’s and provision of clean and hygienic working conditions for workers in their respective area of operation. With the help of leaders of workers’ union, Trade Union leaders and NGOs operating locally we were able to achieve much in this area. There tend to be lot of laxity on the part of workers in wearing protective gears, seemingly due to adverse weather conditions. However, by educating workers properly through our ETI team, NGOs, Trade Union leaders and students’ volunteers, we could achieve much in this area. However, we feel that still there is room for improvement in this area and we are carrying forwards our efforts with the active participation of the other agencies also.
The director of the Company is actively involving in its activities related to implementation of ETI principles and financial resources are not a constraint in this regard. Involvement of students’ volunteers in our activities is relatively a new development for us. We are providing financial and logistical assistance to students’ volunteers for carrying out their activities especially in the far flung quarry areas.
We are also arranging meetings, study classes and seminars regularly at different areas in our supply chain for effective implementation of ETI principles and distribute brochures, write ups & posters. We did also establish grievance redressal channels for workers down to the quarry area. We are carrying out our activities in this regard, with active involvement of TUs, NGOs and students’ volunteers.
Our future endurance includes bringing all the workers in our supply chain under Provident Fund scheme as well ESI facility and thus providing Job Security.