ETHICS CODE FOR SUPPLIERS
TO ALPEZZI CHOCOLATE, S. A. DE C. V.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

Alpezzi Chocolate, S. A. de C. V. has made a corporate commitment to always act ethically and responsibly through all of our co-workers and colleagues who, as participants in diverse processes in our different facilities, interact with our customers, suppliers, collaborators, shareholders, competitors, government authorities, community members and other special interest groups.
Esperamos que todos nuestros proveedores, consultores y contratistas que tienen una relación comercial con nosotros se comprometan al cumplimiento de Consequently, we expect that all our suppliers, consultants and contractors that have a business relationship with us will agree to observe our ETHICS CODE FOR SUPPLIERS at all times and in all places.
Our ETHICS CODE FOR SUPPLIERS is based on the ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE (ETI), whose principles and guidelines for co-workers and suppliers are formulated below:

PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES

1. Employment will be chosen freely.
1.1 There will be no forced, bonded or even involuntary prison labor.
1.2 Workers will not be required to lodge deposits or ID papers with their employer and will be free to leave their employ after a reasonable period of notice.

2. Freedom of Association and the right to Collective Bargaining will be respected.
2.1 All workers will, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their choosing and to bargain collectively.
2.2 Employers will adopt an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organizational activities.
2.3 The workers' representatives will not be discriminated against and will have access into the workplace to carry out their representative functions.
2.4 In those places in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining were restricted under law, employers will facilitate and will not hinder the development of parallel means of independent and free association and bargaining.

3. Working Conditions will be safe and hygienic.
3.1 A safe and hygienic working environment will be provided, having considered prevailing knowledge within the industry and a thorough assessment of any specific hazards. Adequate steps will be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of or occurring in the course of work, by reducing, as far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of risks inherent to the working environment.
3.2 All workers will receive regular health and safety training which will include writing and printed support materials, and such training will be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
3.3 Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if necessary, sanitary facilities for food storage will be provided.
3.4 Lodging, where provided, will be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers.
3.5 The company observing the code will assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative.

4. Child Labor will not be used.
4.1 There will be no recruitment of child labor.
4.2 Companies will develop or participate in and contribute to policies which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labor to enable them to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child. The terms "child" and "child labor" will be defined in the appendices.
4.3 Children and young people under 18 will not be employed at night or in dangerous conditions.
4.4 These policies and procedures will conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO (International Labor Organization) standards.

5. Living Wages will be paid.
5.1 The wages and benefits paid for a standard working week will meet, at a minimum, the national legal standards or industry standards, whichever is higher. In any case, wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.
5.2 All workers will be provided with written and clearly understandable information about their employment conditions with respect to their salaries before they enter employment, and about the particulars of those salaries for the corresponding pay period each time they are paid.
5.3 Deductions from salaries as a disciplinary measure will not be permitted nor will any deductions from salaries not provided for by national law be permitted without express permission of the worker involved. All disciplinary measures will be recorded and registered.

6. Working Hours will not be excessive.
6.1 Working hours will comply with national laws, collective agreements, and with the provisions in 6.2 to 6.6 below, whichever affords greater protection for workers. Subsections 6.2 to 6.6 are based on international labor standards.
6.2 Working hours, not including overtime, will be defined by contract, and will not exceed 48 hours per week*
6.3 All overtime work will be voluntary. Overtime will be used responsibly, taking into consideration the extent, frequency and hours worked by individual workers and the workforce as a whole, and it will not be used to replace regular employment. Overtime will always be compensated at a premium rate, which is recommended to be no less than 125% of the regular pay rate.
6.4 The total number of hours worked in any 7 day period will not exceed 60 hours, except where covered by subsection 6.5 below.
6.5 Working hours may exceed 60 hours in any 7 day period only in exceptional circumstances where all of the following are met:

• La legislación nacional lo permite;
• this is allowed by national law;
• this is allowed by a collective agreement freely negotiated with a workers’ organization which represents a significant portion of the workforce; appropriate safeguards are taken to protect the workers’ health and safety; and
• the employer can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances apply, such as unexpected production peaks, accidents or emergencies.

6.6 All workers will be provided with at least one day off per every 7 day period or, where allowed by national law, 2 days off per every 14 day period.

*International legislation recommends the progressive reduction of normal hours of work, when appropriate, to 40 hours per week, without any reduction in workers’ wages as hours are reduced.

7. No Discrimination will be practiced.
7.1 There will be no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

8. Regular Employment will be provided.
8.1 To every extent, possible work performed must be on the basis of a recognized employment relationship established with the support of actual practice and national law.
8.2 Obligations to employees under labor or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship will not be avoided through the use of labor-only contracting, sub-contracting or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes lacking a real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor will such obligations be avoided through excessive use of fixed-term contracts.

9. No Harsh or Inhumane treatment will be allowed.
9.1 Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or any other type of harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation will be prohibited.

LATEST UPDATE [ 27 / 01 / 2020 ]