RIFAS has a strong commitment to economic, environmental and socially sustainable development. As a result of this commitment, RIFAS has subscribed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact (www.unglobalcompact.org). RIFAS organizes all its businesses to comply with the UN principles in addition to the laws of the countries where its businesses are located.
RIFAS strongly believes that it is in the mutual interest of both RIFAS and its partners to meet the present and future requirements of markets and society. This includes demonstrating responsibility towards the people taking part in the manufacture and delivery of products and services.
In order to make its position clear to all partners, RIFAS has established the RIFAS Code of Conduct (the "Code"). The Code describes RIFAS' corporate social responsibility requirements for itself also for partners. As a condition of doing business with RIFAS, we expect partners also to comply with these requirements. It is RIFAS' intention to maintain this Code in a spirit of constructive internal dialogue also dialogue with partners, for the mutual benefit of all parties. In the Code, the term "RIFAS" refers to RIFAS UAB (www.rifas.lt).
2 RIFAS' Code general requirements
2.1 Area of application
The Code applies to the RIFAS and all business partners (the "Partner").
2.2 General Responsibilities
RIFAS will take and expects that Partners shall take all necessary actions to ensure compliance with this Code, without undue delay. In addition to complying with the Code, RIFAS will comply with applicable local laws. RIFAS and Partners are solely responsible for the costs of complying with the Code.
If RIFAS finds or suspects incidents of non-compliance with the Code related to Partner and RIFAS informs Partner hereof, RIFAS expects the Partner to investigate and correct issues of non-compliance as soon as possible and within an agreed timeframe. Also if Partner finds or suspects incidents of non-compliance with the Code related to RIFAS and Partner informs RIFAS hereof, Partner should expect RIFAS to investigate and correct issues of non-compliance as soon as possible and within an agreed timeframe.
2.3 Site Audit
RIFAS is open for announced audits at RIFAS factory and also may conduct announced audits at the Partner's sites, including the Partner's manufacturing facilities in order to verify that the Partner is in compliance with the Code ("CoC audit"). CoC audits may be performed either by RIFAS, by Partner’s employees or by third-party auditor.
For general questions or comments on the Code, Partners may contact RIFAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or +37045582728.
4.1 Child Labour
RIFAS respects the children's right to development and education. Therefore, RIFAS does not accept the use of child labour as a part of the full-time work force at the Partner. This includes employing children under the age of 15, children younger than the legal minimum age, or children younger than age of completing compulsory school.
Juvenile (children between the age of 15 and 18) are only allowed to be employed, provided that the work complies with local laws and the ILO Minimum Age Convention.
In general, all children under the age of 18:
• must not be employed in hazardous work*
• must not work night shifts
• are entitled to twice more breaks than adults
* Hazardous work is work which, by its nature or the circumstances, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.
RIFAS respects cultural differences and does not practices discrimination at work based on race, religion, gender, age, nationality or sexual orientation. RIFAS employees must not be exposed to any physical punishment, threats of violence or physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or maltreatment in the work place or in work related situations.
4.3 Forced Labour
The Code does not permit forced or involuntary labour at RIFAS. This includes forced prison work, work on a forced contract, slavery and other forms of work, which are done against one's will or choice.
RIFAS does not tolerate employment which confines the employee in unreasonable debt bondage, for example, through fee-charging employment agencies.
4.4 Working Environment
RIFAS supports the fundamental human right to have sound working conditions. RIFAS ensure a good and safe working environment which complies with all applicable rules and laws. As a minimum:
• Workers must not be exposed to dangerous work without being properly protected. Workers must be provided personal protection equipment and be instructed in its proper use.
• Facilities must comply with applicable laws and rules about construction safety as well as fire protection — and fire alarms.
• Facilities must provide appropriate light and ventilation.
• All dangerous materials must be stored in safe places and used in safe and controlled ways.
• All machinery must be properly maintained and shielded.
• Facilities for meals, resting and sleeping, must, if provided, be kept clean and safe.
4.5 Working Hours and Salary
RIFAS recognises the need for a sound balance between working time and leisure time for all employees.
Unless the law provides otherwise, the maximum working time at the RIFAS sites is 40 hours per week plus maximum 12 hours overtime work. All workers shall be allowed to have at least one day off in a period of seven days unless the national law/rules provide otherwise
Salaries for work and overtime shall be in accordance with the applicable national law or applicable national rules. Deductions in salary due to company fines or penalties must never compromise minimum salary.
4.6 The Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining
RIFAS do not interfere with the worker's right to form and join unions or to bargain collectively. This means that RIFAS do recognise its employees' right to choose whether or not to associate with or establish any organisation including labour organisations. If trade unions are not allowed in the area of operation, or only state authorised organisations are allowed, RIFAS always facilitate alternative measures to allow employees to access management to discuss work related matters.
4.7 Right to privacy
RIFAS always respect its employees' right to privacy when it gathers or keeps personal information or implements employee-monitoring practices.
Environmental considerations are an integral part of RIFAS business practices. RIFAS commit to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing process.
• Pollution Prevention and Resource Reduction. RIFAS will avoid pollution and actively strive to reduce material consumption.
• Chemicals and Hazardous Materials. RIFAS will ensure that chemicals and hazardous materials are handled, stored and disposed in an environmentally safe way,
• Air Emissions. RIFAS will ensure that air emissions of volatile organic chemicals, aerosols, corrosives, particulates, ozone depleting chemicals and combustion by-products generated from operations are to be characterized, monitored, controlled and treated as required by law prior to discharge.
• Wastewater and Solid Waste. RIFAS will ensure that wastewater and solid waste generated from operations, industrial processes and sanitation facilities are to be monitored, controlled and treated as required by law prior to discharge or disposal.
• Recycling and Reuse of Materials and Products. RIFAS will contribute to the recycling and reuse of materials and products to the extent possible.
Corruption and bribery are recognized as barriers to sustainable development and free trade. RIFAS does not accept these practices and therefore does not offer or accept any kind of undue payment in any of its business transactions.
We acknowledge that we have read and understand this RIFAS Code of Conduct and agree to comply with the requirements of the Code.
Code of Conduct