SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT
Voi Technology is committed to corporate sustainability and ethical business practices. Our approach to responsible business is based on the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact (listed below) of which we are a signatory. We aim to enact the same values and principles wherever we have a presence, including in our suppliers activities.
This policy lays out Voi’s aspiration for our footprint and practice in areas linked to corporate integrity, human and labour rights, health and safety, environment, compliance and anti-corruption. Voi is embarking on a journey to ensure this Code of Conduct is implemented along our supply chain and compliance is audited. We intend to take our suppliers with us on this journey, assessment, implementation and auditing
As such, Voi expects its suppliers and their employees, agents and contractors (collectively referred to as “Suppliers”) to adopt the principles reflected in this Code of Conduct (“Code”). Suppliers refer to all up-stream and down-stream business partners.
Suppliers are expected to report on progress and non-compliance to this Code in relation to their activities, facilities and operations. Suppliers will be responsible for ensuring compliance with this Code by all of its suppliers, vendors, agents, and subcontractors. Failure to show efforts and progress to comply with this Code will result in the termination of your agreement with Voi. The Code may be revised by Voi with due notice to suppliers.
Human and labour rights
Voi is committed to upholding the human rights of workers, and treating them with dignity and respect as stated in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the Principles of the International Labour Organisation. This applies to all workers including temporary, migrant, student, contract, direct employees.
Forced labour. Suppliers shall not use forced, bonded or indentured labor, involuntary or exploitative prison labor, slavery or trafficking of persons.
Child labour. Suppliers may not user child labor in any stage of manufacturing, they shall work to prevent all forms of child labour. Under no circumstances should employment be offered to a person below the age of 15 years old or younger than the country’s legal minimum age, if above 15.
Working hours. Working hours including but not limited to overtime, and requirements for providing rest periods, for business partner employees must always comply with applicable law. Voi supports the requirements of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and we encourage our business partners to adhere to and respect the relevant ILO standards on working time.
Compensation. Suppliers may not pay their employees wages and benefits less than is required by applicable law or collective labour agreement, where applicable. Information about wages and benefits must be available to all employees, in accordance with applicable laws.
Terms of employment & compliance. Suppliers must comply with all local labour laws in the countries where it operates, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits.
Anti-discrimination and equity. Suppliers must maintain a fair and equitable workplace which is free from harassment and unlawful discrimination including discrimination based on ace, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, trade union membership, protected genetic information or marital status.
Responsible Mining. Suppliers sourcing conflict minerals are to conduct third party audits and report on origins and social and environmental practices of their suppliers in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Health and Safety
Suppliers must recognise the importance of maintaining a safe work environment for their workers in order to minimise work-related injury and illness. Suppliers must integrate the following health and safety standards:
Risk assessment. Suppliers must identify potential safety risks for workers and introduce controls and preventive measures to protect workers against all hazards. This includes providing workers with appropriate personal protective equipment, warnings notices and training and implementing systems to prevent and track any work related injury and illness. Training should, at a minimum, cover mechanical, electrical, chemical, fire, and physical hazards.
Working environment. Suppliers must ensure that workers are provided with access to clean toilet facilities, potable water and sanitary food preparation, storage, and eating facilities.
Voi selects suppliers based on environmental responsibility and favors suppliers who are ISO 14001 certified for their environmental management systems. Environmental responsibility is primordial to ensure safe and resource and energy efficient products are manufactured. In manufacturing operations, adverse effects on the community, environment and natural resources must be minimized while safeguarding the health and safety of the public. Suppliers must:
Permits. The supplier should possess all required environmental permits to operate its business.
Resource and energy efficiency. The supplier should minimise their use of natural resources and energy and seek to reduce waste harmful emissions
Renewable energy. aim to source renewable energy to power its operations and activities and use electric vehicles rather than combustion engine vehicles where possible
Recycled materials. must aim to increase the rate of recycled and recyclable materials in the manufacturing of their products
Waste management. Suppliers must implement systems for responsible recycling and disposal of non-hazardous waste and ensure compliance with all local laws in relation to its use and disposal of materials. Suppliers must identify, properly label and manage all materials posing a hazard to humans or the environment in compliance with all applicable laws
Environmental compliance. Supplier’s must ensure compliance with all EU regulations and standards in respect of any goods supplied to Voi including but not limited to: CEN Standards and Type-Approval, the Machinery Directive, the Low Voltage Directive, RoHS, the Battery Directive, the General Product Safety Directive, WEEE and REACH.
Anti-corruption and compliance
Voi is committed to the highest standards of ethics in all its business dealings and it expects the same from its Suppliers, including:
Business integrity. Suppliers must uphold standards of integrity in all business interactions.
Anti-corruption. Suppliers must have a zero tolerance policy to prohibit any and all forms of bribery, corruption, extortion and embezzlement. Bribes or other means of obtaining undue or improper advantage are not to be promised, offered, authorized, given or accepted. Suppliers must implement monitoring and enforcement procedures to ensure compliance with anti-corruption laws.
Compliance. Suppliers must comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Tax justice. Suppliers must pay taxes in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Intellectual property. Suppliers must respect intellectual property rights and ensure any intellectual property is transferred in a manner which protects and safeguards both customer and Supplier information.
Data security & privacy. Suppliers should implement programs that ensure the confidentiality, anonymity and protection of supplier and employee whistleblowers as well as communicate a zero-retaliation policy. Suppliers must comply with all privacy laws where they do business and commit to protecting the reasonable privacy expectations.
Stockholm, 20 May 2021
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
Corporate sustainability starts with a company’s value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.
The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact are derived from: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Read more about the 10 Principles here.