Arke Ltd Human Rights & Ethical Trading

Arke Ltd is committed to developing an organisational culture which implements a policy of support for internationally recognised human rights and seeks to avoid complicity in human rights abuses. We support the principles contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Core Conventions on Labour Standards and the ETI Base code. Arke Ltd seeks to identify, assess and manage human rights impacts within our spheres of influence and activities in line with the following policy aims:

1. Employees

To respect the human rights of our employees as established in the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including non-discrimination, prohibition of child and enforced labour, and freedom of association and the right to engage in collective bargaining.

2. Suppliers and Contractors

To establish and maintain appropriate procedures to evaluate and select major suppliers and contractors, based on Arke’s human rights and social policies, and to monitor their performance where appropriate. To advance the application of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work through engagement and collaboration where necessary.

3. Local Communities

To respect the cultures, customs and values of the people in communities in which we operate. To contribute, within the scope of our capabilities, to promote the fulfilment of human rights through improving economic, environmental and social conditions and serve as a positive influence in communities in which we operate. To seek to have open dialogue with stakeholders and participate in community engagement activities. To aim to ensure the provision of security is consistent with international standards of best practice and the laws of the countries in which we operate, using security services only where necessary and requiring the use of force only when necessary and proportionate to the threat.

4. Society

To participate where appropriate in public affairs in a non-partisan and responsible way to promote internationally recognised human rights. To seek to play a positive role, within our spheres of influence, in capacity-building for the realisation of human rights within countries of operation. To promote the realisation of environmental sustainability and development through our core business and through our participation in other multi stakeholder activities where appropriate. To uphold the highest standards in business ethics and integrity and where appropriate to support efforts of national and international authorities to establish and enforce high ethical standards for all businesses.

Arke Ltd Human Rights Statement

Arke Ltd is committed to developing an organisational culture which implements a policy of support for the internationally recognised human rights contained within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and seeks to avoid complicity in human rights abuses. Our commitment to the realisation of human rights is embedded in this human rights and social policy statement. Key human rights issues are embedded in internal risk assessment processes and guidelines.

Arke Ltd seeks to improve its human rights performance by referencing key documents such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and relevant conventions and standards of the International Labour Organisation, as well as other international standards, national and international laws and the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code as published on 01 April 2014.

 

Posted on 26th August 2016

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