1. Business integrity and data protection
Our service partners shall comply with all laws and regulations of the legal system applicable to their companies. In particular, our service partners shall respect third-party intellectual property rights and German data protection law at a federal (BDSG) or state level.
2. Prohibition of child labour and forced labour
Our service partners are prohibited from using child labour (employment of children aged under 15) or forced labour.
a) Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Our service partners shall acknowledge and respect workers’ rights of freedom of association and organisation, as well as their right to collective bargaining. The right of workers to form a union or to become a member of such a union must not be infringed on or limited in any way.
b) Prohibition of child labour
Service partners are expected to utterly reject any and all forms of child labour. Young persons who have not yet attained the minimum age for work in the partner’s country (in Germany: children under 15) must not be employed.
c) Prohibition of forced labour
Our service partners must prevent any and all use of forced labour on the part of prisoners and other individuals. Compulsory prison labour or forced labour involves personnel being forced to work contrary to their will or having to work because a threat or penalty is being used as leverage against them. All forms of work – including overtime – must be voluntary, and personnel must be able to leave their place of work and terminate their employment contract on providing timely notice of their intention to do so.
d) Prohibition of discrimination
Within their sphere of influence, our service partners shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, belief, age, physical condition, nationality, sexual orientation or gender, or any other attributes whose discriminatory use is prohibited by law.
e) Minimum wage
Our service partners shall pay employees an appropriate wage. Minimum wages and working hours must comply with the law or collective wage agreements or be customary for their industries. The service partner of Interseroh and/or the ALBA Group in question will, when requested to do so, submit a statement concerning compliance with minimum wage legislation. All employment conditions – including pay, working hours, holidays, time off and public holidays – must comply in full with applicable laws and regulations.
f) Occupational safety and health
Our service partners shall comply with applicable occupational safety and health regulations, provide a safe working environment, and protect their employees’ health by adopting the best possible precautionary measures against accidents and occupational illnesses.
3. Prohibition of discrimination
Within their sphere of influence, our service partners shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, belief, age, physical condition, nationality, sexual orientation or gender, and shall comply with laws on the equal treatment of individuals.
4. Living wages
Our service partners shall pay employees an appropriate wage. Minimum wages and working hours must comply with the law or collective wage agreements or be customary for their industries.
5. Prohibition of corruption and distortion of competition
Interseroh’s service partners shall not enter into cartel agreements or engage in any form of corruption, including but not limited to the use of bribery, extortion and blackmail to exert an influence on business partners, politicians, public officials, the judiciary or the general public. With the exception of typical promotional gifts, Interseroh’s employees have been instructed to refuse any and all gifts from service partners or any other entities with which the company maintains a business relationship. Accordingly, we expect our service partners to refrain from offering – much less providing – Interseroh’s employees and representatives with any services, gifts or any other benefits that could in any way influence the personal opinion and conduct of our employees with respect to making decisions for or against a specific service partner.
a) Environmental legislation
Our service partners shall obtain all necessary approvals or licences and keep these up to date at all times. Partners must also comply with the operational and reporting requirements of such approvals and licences.
b) Waste management and prevention of environmental pollution
Our service partners shall seek to avoid or reduce waste and emissions occurring in the course of their business activities. Wherever possible, efficient technologies must be used to lessen the partner’s environmental impact.
c) Environmental management system
Service partners whose activities impact the environment must have a structured and systematic approach in place to properly account for ecological aspects.