The aim of the Code of Conduct is to create common values that we work to in conjunction with our suppliers. The basic principle of our business is to sell good-quality products at an unbeatably low price. Our customers have high standards, and we know that part of this is an expectation that we take responsibility for our business.
Offering low prices doesn’t mean that we work with inferior suppliers or factories with poorer conditions. Here at Gekås we work with low margins and are cost effective in many other ways.
Long-term relationships with stakeholders, efficient procedures and a high level of business ethics and integrity are crucial to the achievement of long-term growth and sustainability.
Facts – Gekås’ Code of Conduct
Gekås’ Code of Conduct is based on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1966, the ILO’s eight core conventions and other relevant international standards on human rights and employment rights.
Our factories are regularly inspected by Gekås personnel and by independent third parties. It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure that this Code of Conduct is implemented within its business. As well as Gekås’ Code of Conduct, the supplier must comply with national laws and regulations.
Amongst others, the Code includes the following provisions:
• Suppliers must not use or benefit from child labour. The minimum employment age shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, shall not be less than 15 years (or 14 years where established by national laws in accordance with the ILO developing-country exception).
• Suppliers must not prevent workers from forming or joining a trade union.
• Suppliers must ensure that workers are provided with a safe and healthy working environment, e.g. protection from fire, accidents and toxic substances.
• Suppliers must protect workers from physical, verbal, sexual or psychological abuse, unfair treatment and threats from managers and colleagues.
More info in the PDF on the website.