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Supplier Code of Conduct

Introduction

Cegeka’s CSR charter focusses on three pillars: decrease our environmental impact, provide a diverse and inclusive working environment & innovate for a better world.  A full version of our Cegeka CSR charter is available on our website.   

Since Cegeka’s business activities are underpinned by the close collaboration with its suppliers, we expect our suppliers to have a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility as well. This Supplier Code of Conduct sets out certain social, ethical and environmental considerations that Cegeka expects its suppliers to respect.  

Suppliers must read, understand and strive to apply the principles set out in this Supplier Code of Conduct to their business and supply chain. This Supplier Code of Conduct is in addition to any corporate social responsibility requirements included in our procurement contracts.  

Social considerations

Social sustainability relates to practices that contribute to the quality of life of both employees and communities that could be impacted by the supplier’s operations.  

In that regard, Cegeka’s suppliers shall respect all internationally proclaimed human rights, including but not limited to:  

  • Employees’ freedom of association with regard to working conditions and their right to join trade unions, form works councils and conduct work-related negotiations;  
  • The right of collective bargaining; 
  • Zero tolerance for modern slavery, child labour, forced labour; 
  • Providing wages, benefits and conditions of work, that represent just and fair remuneration; 
  • Providing equal opportunities for everyone in employment, free from prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, marital status, colour, race, ethnic origin, nationality, social economic backgrounds, religion and belief, age, union status or political opinion;  
  • Providing a safe and healthy working environment, working conditions and work equipment for its employees. 

Ethnical considerations

Ethical sustainability relates to any activity or conduct which violates any applicable anti-bribery, anti-corruption or anti-money laundering laws. 

Cegeka expects its suppliers to act ethically and be honest, transparent and trustworthy in all their dealings with other parties. 

In that regard, Cegeka’s suppliers should conduct business in accordance with the following principles: 

  • Observance of all relevant laws and regulations applicable to the supplier; 
  • Engaging in fair and competitive business practices for fair transactions and prevention of corruption, bribery, fraud, money laundering or conflict of interests;  
  • Ensuring the quality and safety of products and services. 

Enviromental considerations

Environmental sustainability relates to practices that contribute to the protection of the environment and quality of the environment on a long-term basis.  

Suppliers should strive to minimise the adverse environmental impacts of their operations, products and services. We encourage suppliers to implement an environmental management system in line with recognised standards such as ISO 14001, EMAS (or equivalent). 

In general, Cegeka’s suppliers should strive to conduct business in accordance with the following principles: 

  • Consideration for ecosystems, the environment, and environmental conservation within the business activities, as well as efforts to reduce and prevent environmental pollution;  
  • Implementation of recycling programs; 
  • Reduction of its carbon emissions;  
  • Ensure proper waste management;  
  • Make use of renewable energy and resources; 
  • Protection of habitats and biodiversity.  

Policy implementation

Cegeka encourages its suppliers to implement policies consistent with this Supplier Code of Conduct and maintain appropriate documentation to demonstrate compliance with this Supplier Code of Conduct, upon request. 

If Cegeka has reasonable grounds to suspect a breach of this Supplier Code of Conduct by a supplier, Cegeka may require the supplier to take additional measures which may include the provision of additional information or certification, or additional measures to remedy the default.