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Code of conduct

At Kristiansand Dyrepark AS (hereby called Dyreparken), we promote decent working and environmental standards in our supply chains. We cooperate closely with our suppliers and business partners in pursuit of this aim. Accordingly, we have prepared this code of conduct to illustrate what we expect of our suppliers and business partners. The code of conduct covers human rights, workers’ rights, the environment and corruption.

Dyreparken is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative Norway (IEH), a membership organisation for private and public enterprises and organisations. IEH is a resource centre and an advocate for ethical trade practices. Dyreparken reports annually to IEH. This report is made publicly available.

Dyreparken aims to continuously improve policy and practice that supports suppliers in complying with this code of conduct.


Dyreparken’s suppliers are to supply goods and services that are produced in compliance with the code of conduct. Moreover, the suppliers are to communicate the code of conduct to their sub-­‐suppliers, and to monitor implementation.

A supplier must be able to document compliance with the code of conduct at Dyreparken’s request. Such documentation may take the form of self-­‐declaration, follow-­‐up meetings, and/or inspections of the working conditions at production sites. The supplier will be obliged to name and provide contact information for any sub-­‐supplier that Dyreparken wishes to inspect.

In the event of a breach of the code of conduct, Dyreparken and the supplier will jointly prepare a plan for remedying the breach. Remediation must take place within a reasonable period of time. The contract will only be terminated if the supplier remains unwilling to remedy the breach following repeated enquiries.

Requirement relating to own practise

When new suppliers are selected, emphasis will be given to social and environmental standards.

Neither Dyreparken nor any of its employees shall ever offer or accept illegal or unlawful monetary gifts or other forms of remuneration in order to secure business-­‐related or private benefit, or benefit for customers, agents or suppliers.

Dyreparken and Dyreparken’s suppliers shall avoid partners that operate in countries subject to international boycott by the United Nations and/or Norwegian Authorities.

Requirements to Supply Chain Conditions

IEH’s  Ethical  Trade  Principles  are  founded  on  key  UN  and  International  Labour  Organization  conventions  and documents. National laws shall be respected, and where the provisions of law and IEH’s ethical trade principles address the same subject, the most stringent shall apply.

1. Forced and compulsory labour (ILO Conventions Nos. 29 and 105)

There shall be no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour.
Workers shall not be required to lodge deposits or identity papers with their employer and shall be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.

2. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining (ILO Conventions Nos. 87, 98, 135 and 154)

Workers, without distinction, shall have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and  to  bargain  collectively.  The  employer  shall  not  interfere  with,  obstruct,  the  formation  of  unions  or  collective bargaining.
Workers  representatives  shall  not  be  discriminated  and  shall  have  access  to  carry  out  their representative functions in the workplace.
Where the right to freedom of association and/or collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer  shall  facilitate,  and  not  hinder,  the  development  of  alternative  forms  of  independent  and  free  workers representation and negotiations.

3. Child Labour (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ILO Conventions Nos. 138, 182 and 79, and ILO Recommendation No. 146)

The minimum age for workers shall not be less than 15 and comply with:
i) the national minimum age for employment, or;
ii) the age of completion of compulsory education, whichever  of  these  is  higher.  If  local  minimum  is  set  at  14  years  in  accordance  with  developing  country  exceptions under ILO Convention 138, this lower age may apply.

There  shall  be  no  recruitment  of  child  labour  defined  as  any  work  performed  by  a  child  younger than the age(s) specified above.

No person under the age of 18 shall be engaged in labour that is hazardous to their health, safety or morals, including night work.

Policies and procedures for remediation of child labour prohibited by ILO conventions no. 138 and 182,  shall  be  established,  documented,  and  communicated  to  personnel  and  other  interested  parties.  Adequate support shall be provided to enable such children to attend and complete compulsory education.

4. Discrimination (ILO Conventions Nos. 100 and 111 and the UN Convention on Discrimination Against Women)

There  shall  be  no  discrimination  at  the  workplace  in  hiring,  compensation,  access  to  training, promotion, termination or retirement based on ethnic background, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
Measures shall be established to protect workers from sexually intrusive, threatening, insulting or exploitative  behaviour,  and  from  discrimination  or  termination  of  employment  on  unjustifiable  grounds,  e.g. marriage, pregnancy, parenthood or HIV status.

5. Harsh or Inhumane Treatment

Physical abuse or punishment, or threats of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse, as well as other forms of intimidation, is prohibited.

6. Health and Safety (ILO Convention No. 155 and ILO Recommendation No. 164)

The working environment shall be safe and hygienic, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of  the  industry  and  of  any  specific  hazards.  Hazardous  chemicals  and  other  substances  shall  be  carefully managed. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with, or occurring in, the course of work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment.
Workers shall receive regular and documented health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers.
Access to clean toilet facilities and to potable water, and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided.
Accommodation,  where  provided,  shall  be  clean,  safe  and  adequately  ventilated,  and  shall  have access to clean toilet facilities and potable water.

7. Wages (ILO Convention No. 131)

Wages  and  benefits  paid  for  a  standard  working  week  shall  as  minimum  meet  national  legal  standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher. Wages should always be enough to meet basic needs, including some discretionary income.
All  workers  shall  be  provided  with  a  written  and  comprehensible  contract  outlining  their  wage conditions and method of payments before entering employment.
Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted.

8. Working Hours (ILO Convention No. 1 and 14)