Over the last years, the expectations of the consumers and of society have developed substantially: they became increasingly sensitive with regard to the ethical behaviour of companies and learned to recognise the production process that fabricates the actual product. Being aware of this, Gutschermühle is promoting a socially responsible style of doing business.
The underlying idea is that Gutschermühle, being in the centre of an international network, bears responsibility on an international scale.
Gutschermühle's mission is not merely to offer healthy and safe products and services for clients and consumers but also to address topics such as mutual aid and solidarity as well as ethical and social understanding. The multi-cultural teams in all areas of production and office require and promote openness to other opinions and other working methods.
It has also become important to:
- encourage suppliers to deliver top quality at fair prices
- cooperate with clients in order to reduce project duration in the consumer's favour
- cooperate with local vendors
- deliver top quality at fair prices
- produce non-mainstream products as well, in order to give consumers more choice
Gutschermühle Code of Conduct
As called for by the tradition of the family business and the position of the parent company HACO AG on social and ethical issues, Gutschermühle is fully committed to the highest standards of social, environmental, and ethical responsibility conduct. Gutchermühle´s suppliers are required to respect working rights, treat workers with dignity and respect, act ethically and fairly, and to protect the environment.
This Code of Conduct references internationally accepted principles such as International Labour Organization (ILO), the international standard SA 8000, the guiding principles of the OECD and the UN Global Compact's ten principles.
Labor and Human Rights
- Child labour In accordance with ILO Convention No.138 on Minimum Age, suppliers shall not employ individuals under age of 15. Suppliers shall not subject workers under the age of 18 to hazardous works, night work and overtime work. Under any circumstances shall any young worker´s school, work, and transportation time exceed a combined total of 10 hours per day.
- Forced labour The use of forced labour by suppliers, whether obtained under the threat of punishment, withholding identity papers, requiring workers to deposit a bond or any other constraint is strictly prohibited.
- Health and Safety Suppliers shall maintain awareness and comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the countries of their operation, concerning with health and safety measures. The company shall provide safe and healthy environment, and take proactive measures that support accident prevention and minimize health risk exposure. Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, which shall be repeated for new reassigned workers. Suppliers shall provide workers with personal protective equipment. Suppliers shall provide access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water. Accommodation, when provided, shall be clean, safe and meet the basic needs of the personnel. Well-stocked general first aid equipment shall be located throughout the company. Suppliers shall provide sufficient and accessible fire extinguishers in good working conditions, which should be inspected on a regular basis.
- Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing. Suppliers shall not threaten, restrict or interfere with workers´ lawful efforts to join associations of their choosing or to bargain collectively.
- Discrimination All workers are treated with respect and dignity. Suppliers shall not engage in or support discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, national or social origin, caste, birth, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, marital status, union membership, political options, age, or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination.
- Disciplinary Practices Suppliers shall treat all personnel with dignity and respect. No harsh or inhumane treatment should be allowed. Deduction of wages cannot be used by suppliers as a method of disciplining workforce.
- Working Hours Suppliers shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours and public holidays of the countries of their operation. The normal work week shall not exceed 48 hours (overtime not included). Personnel shall be provided with at least one day off following every six consecutive days of working. Overtime work shall be compensated, and shall not exceed 12 hours per week.
- Remuneration The workers’ wages shall be at least the legal minimum wage, whichever is higher. Wages should meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income. Before they enter employment, all workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect to wages. Suppliers shall not use labour-only contracting arrangements, consecutive short-term contracts, and/or false apprenticeship schemes to avoid fulfilling its obligations to personnel, under applicable laws pertaining to labour and social security legislation and regulations.
- Environment protection Suppliers must comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, suitable in their worldwide operations. They must conduct their operations in a way that protects the environment, customers and employees, and minimizes the impact on natural resources. Specific focus areas include greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, recovery and management waste, and use and disposal water.
- Anti-Corruption Suppliers must conduct business in an ethical and transparent manner, and work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. They shall not give or offer anything of value to a government, political parties or individuals in the private sector to corruptly influence a business decision to gain an unfair advantage. Suppliers must not offer gifts to Gutschermühle employees.
- Conflicts of interest Suppliers have the obligation of disclose actual or potential conflicts of interest with Gutschermühle. They should have no relationship, financial or otherwise, with any Gutschermühle employee. Personal and professional relationships that may occur must be handled honestly and ethically.
- Accounts and record-keeping Gutschermühle suppliers must maintain necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with this Code of Conduct. They shall record and report all transactions, data and information in an honest and accurate manner.
- Confidentiality Suppliers must secure Gutschermühle private and confidential information, electronic data and intellectual property in their possession, to guarantee business success for both suppliers and Gutschermühle. Our suppliers can expect similar protection of their confidential information. This obligation continues after our business relationship ends.
Quality, Health and Safety
- Product safety Suppliers are committed to produce high quality and safe products. They must comply with all applicable quality and food safety standards and policies. Suppliers shall follow a good manufacturing practices and testing protocols. They also must immediately report to Gutschermühle any issues that could negative affect the food quality and safety.