Sellers Code of Conduct 

Updated June 11, 2021

Introduction

Seller Code Principles

Seller Declaration

 

Zowasel actively pursues long-term relationships with Sellers based on responsible business practices, trust, and sustainable sourcing across the supply chain to meet the standard of its buyers and partners. 

 

The Zowasel SellerCode (‘Code’) provides a comprehensive set of conditions to support Zowasel’s goal to provide access to market, financial services, and various supplies (‘supplies’) in accordance with our crop buying partners minimum requirements (‘buyers’) that are produced in a manner that is socially responsible, economically profitable and environmentally sustainable.

 

SellerCode Principles. By acceptance of this Code, the Seller agrees to:

 

A. Commit to corporate governance and integrity by:

  1. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations that govern their operations, business, industry, trade, and personnel, and respect contractual obligations.

  2. Prohibiting any corrupt or unethical practices, such as paying bribes for any purpose. Zowasel understands a bribe as being an inducement or reward offered, promised, or provided in order to gain any commercial, contractual, regulatory, or personal advantage. A bribe can be any form of payment, benefit, or gift which is offered or given with the purpose of influencing a decision or outcome.

 

B. Guarantee the quality of goods and services by:

  1. Meeting the quality and safety standards required by Zowasel, regulatory requirements, and applicable laws in accordance with Zowasel Crop Quality Specifications.

  2. Wherever possible and requested, providing traceability of the material along the upstream supply chain.

 

C. Ensure no exploitation within their operations by:

  1. Complying with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 138 on the Minimum Age of Employment and Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (is a prerequisite when applicable in the relevant jurisdiction).

  2. Not using forced, involuntary, or slave labor, including but not limited to bonded, indentured, involuntary prison labor, as well as trafficked human beings.

  3. Creating an inclusive work environment that avoids any form of discrimination. All forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation, and abuse or threat are not permissible.

  4. Respecting employees’ rights to form and join unions or other associations, and to bargain collectively; unless prevented by local applicable laws.

  5. Providing fair wages and benefits that are in accordance with applicable laws, industry standards, and collective agreements.

  6. Complying with all applicable ILO standards, national legal requirements, and industry standards pertaining to working time. 

  7. Providing an adequate and safe work environment and accommodation (where provided) in accordance with applicable national health and safety laws and international conventions. 

  8. Preventing accidents and injury arising out of, associated with, or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing causes of hazards in the work environment.

  9. Encouraging gender equality, equal access, and empowerment of women.

 

D. Respect the natural environment by:

  1. Complying with all relevant applicable laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment.

  2. Prohibiting the conversion (i.e. destruction or deforestation) and the sourcing of raw materials resulting from the conversion of the following natural areas: – Legally Protected Areas designated for the protection of nature, and Internationally Recognized Areas for conservation – Critical habitats (as defined by the International Finance Corporation Performance Standards), nationally-recognized conservation priorities, or other ‘high conservation value’ areas – Natural habitats with high levels of organic carbon, including peatlands of any depth and ‘high carbon stock’ forests (such as tall, mature or dense forests)

  3. Prohibiting the use of fire in land preparation in land preparation including planting and replanting, other than in exceptional circumstances to be agreed with Zowasel.

  4. Avoiding contamination or pollution of water sources at and around farms and facilities, and conserving water resources.

  5. Professionally managing agro-chemicals applications and prohibiting the usage of agrochemicals that are not legally registered in the country for commercial use, or excluded as per Zowasel’s specification.

  6. Minimizing, recovering, or reusing waste where practicable and disposing of waste in line with local regulations.

  7. Using fossil fuels and non-renewable resources efficiently and investigating alternatives where practicable.

  8. Upholding all applicable laws and relevant industry guidelines for the protection and humane treatment of animals.

 

E. Respect local communities by:

  1. Preventing and adequately addressing any adverse health and safety impact of their operations on surrounding communities.

  2. Respecting the rights of local communities and indigenous people and their cultural heritage, including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for new developments 

  3. Not participating in or benefitting from illegally forced relocations.

  4. Employing and sourcing goods and services locally whenever practicable.

 

F. Ensure compliance by:

  1. Making their Sellers and subcontractors fully aware of this Code and its meaning.

  2. Communicating the contents of this Code to their employees.

  3. Advising Zowasel immediately of any issues that are inconsistent with the principles of the Code.

 

 

Addendum: 

Product-specific requirements: Where specific additional requirements are made for the Supply Chain, Zowasel shall specify those requirements in an addendum to the SellerCode. These requirements may not contradict the requirements of the global SellerCode.

 

SellerDeclaration

 

DECLARATION OF ZOWAEL SellerCODE OF CONDUCT COMPLIANCE

 

I ………………………………………hereby declare that on behalf of my organization, ………………………………………...I have read and understood the ZOWASEL Seller CODE in its entirety, and the organization and our subcontractors are in full compliance with this policy and will maintain compliance with it throughout our business dealings with Zowasel across our supply chain.

 

I have also acknowledged that Zowasel reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) announced and unannounced inspections of our facilities and business practices to verify compliance with this Code. On the assumption that Zowasel becomes aware of non-compliance with any aspect of the Code, Zowasel reserves the right to demand corrective measures.

 

Zowasel also reserves the right to terminate an agreement with any Seller that is not in compliance with the requirements set forth in this document. Note: Zowasel prohibits bribery and corruption in all forms. Zowasel personnel cannot, whether dealing with government or with private enterprises or individuals, directly or indirectly, offer, promise, give, demand, or accept any bribe or other undue advantage in order to obtain, retain or direct business or secure any other improper advantage in the conduct of business.

 

I confirm the commitment of my company, or any subsidiary, to complying with the standards laid out in the Zowasel SellerCode:

Date: ……………………………………………………………………………………...

 

Signature:..............................................................................................................

 

Position Held:.........................................................................................................

Company Name: ……………………………………………………………………….

 

Annex 1

If you wish to discuss any of the content of this document, please contact our Zowasel representative. 

 

Signing the Zowasel SellerCode represents a commitment to follow fair employment practices in compliance with all applicable local government rules and regulations regarding Child Labour Laws.

 

Please complete the fields above and return them to your Zowasel representative.

 

Annex 2

Child Labour Statement – Seller Compliance

 

Zowasel Inc. does not engage in or condone the unlawful employment of children in the workplace or engage in or condone the use of forced labor. Zowasel respects and abides by the ILO conventions No 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor and No. 138 on the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment and Work. Zowasel pledges to work proactively with others, including our Sellers and Governments, to progressively eliminate these abuses in the labor markets related to agricultural supply chains.

 

Zowasel follows and expects its Sellersto follow the Minimum Age table as a direct reference to ILO Convention No 138 defining child labor by the categories shown. For some countries, the basic minimum age for regular work may be higher than shown in this table.

 

These can be found on the ILO website (www.ilo.org) under “Ratifications of C138 – Minimum Age Convention, 1973”, (https://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=NORMLEXPUB:1:0::NO:::) 

 

Minimum Age for Admission to Employment or Work

 

Developed Countries

Work Classification

Approved Age

Light work

12 years

Regular work

14 years

Hazardous work

18 years

 

Developing Countries

Work Classification

Approved Age

Light work

14 years

Regular work

16 years

Hazardous work

18 years