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Fat Beehive Supplier Code of Conduct

Corporate integrity, responsible sourcing, and the safety and well-being of workers across our supply chain are paramount to Fat Beehive Limited and its subsidiary company, Fat Beehive PVT LTD, whether jointly or severally. These core principles are reflected in this Supplier Code of Conduct (Code), which establishes the minimum standards that must be met by any organisation or entity that supplies products or services to Fat Beehive.

In this Code:

  • Fat Beehive: means Fat Beehive Limited and its subsidiary company, whether referred to jointly or severally under this Code.
  • Supplier: A company, partnership, or individual that provides goods or services to one or more members of the Fat Beehive of companies.
  • Associates: means the Supplier’s suppliers, agents and subcontractors involved in Fat Beehive’s supply chain.
  • Supplier questionnaire: The supplier sustainability and ethics questionnaire, found at the bottom of this page, is required to be completed by all suppliers.

Who Must Comply With This Code?

The Supplier must comply with this Code and ensure its workers know and comply with it.
In addition, as set out in paragraph 8.iii, the Supplier must include in its agreements with Associates provisions that require Associates to comply with the applicable provisions of this Code.

  1. Standards of Compliance
    1. In carrying out its agreement(s) with Fat Beehive, the Supplier must comply with the standards set out in this Code and all applicable laws and regulations where it operates.
    2. If there is a conflict between any applicable laws or regulations, the agreement between the parties, and this Code, the Supplier shall meet the most stringent standard.
  2. Updating this Code
    1. Fat Beehive has the right to modify this Code from time to time on giving the Supplier at least 10 days’ written notice, including email.
  3. Workforce Issues
    1. Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour. The Supplier shall comply with all applicable anti-slavery and human trafficking laws, statutes, regulations and codes from time to time in force in any part of its supply chain. This includes, but is not limited to, not supporting or engaging or requiring any forced labour, the use of child labour, bonded labour, indentured labour, or prison labour.]
    2. Human Rights. The Supplier shall comply with all internationally recognised human rights understood, at a minimum, as those expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work from time to time in force.
    3. Equal Opportunities. Fat Beehive is an equal-opportunity employer. The Supplier shall not discriminate in hiring, compensation, training, advancement or promotion, termination, retirement, or any employment practice on the basis of race, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, marital or pregnancy status, disability, or any other characteristic other than the worker’s ability to perform the job subject to any accommodations required or permitted by law.
    4. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. The Supplier shall respect, and shall not interfere with, the right of workers to decide whether to lawfully associate with groups of their choice, including the right to form or join trade unions and to engage in collective bargaining.
    5. Working Environment. The Supplier shall:
      1. provide a safe, healthy, and sanitary working environment and comply with all applicable health and safety laws and any other relevant laws where it operates; and
      2. not support or engage in, or require any hazardous labour to be performed by any person under the age of 18. Hazardous labour involves any work, that by its nature or the circumstances in which the work is undertaken, involves the substantial risk of hard to the safety or health of the work if adequate protections are not taken.
    6. Wages and remuneration. The Supplier must compensate all workers with wages, including overtime premiums, and benefits that at a minimum, meet the higher of:
      1. the living wage and benefits established by applicable law;
      2. collective agreements;
      3. industry standards, and
      4. an amount sufficient to cover basic living requirements.
  4. Information Security and Data Protection
    1. Without prejudice to the agreement(s) between Fat Beehive and the Supplier, the Supplier shall have in place appropriate measures to:
      1. protect the integrity and confidentiality of information (including information belonging to or supplied by Fat Beehive) held on its systems (which include physical and online or electronic systems); and
      2. ensure that there is no unauthorised access to the information by third parties, including its Associates.
    2. The Supplier shall comply with all data protection laws and requirements when processing any personal data on Fat Beehive’s behalf.
  5. Environmental Responsibility
    1. The Supplier shall ensure that:
      1. its operations comply with all applicable environmental laws, including laws and international treaties relating to (but not limited to) waste disposal, emissions, discharges and hazardous and toxic material handling;
      2. the goods it manufactures (including the inputs and components that it incorporates into its goods) comply with all environmental laws and treaties; and
      3. it will only use packaging materials that comply with all applicable environmental laws and treaties.
    2. The Supplier shall have in place a suitable environmental management system for managing its environmental risks. As a minimum, the system should include and address the following:
      1. an assessment of the environmental impact of all historical, current and likely future operations;
      2. steps to continuously improve environmental performance, reduce pollution, emissions and waste;
      3. measures to reduce the use of all raw materials, energy and supplies; and
      4. raising awareness and training employees in environmental matters.
  6. Bribery and Corruption
    1. The Supplier must maintain the highest ethical standards and shall comply with all applicable laws, statutes, codes, and regulations relating to the prevention of bribery and corruption. To that end, the Supplier shall not accept, offer, promise, pay, permit or authorise:
      1. bribes, facilitation payments, kickbacks or illegal political contributions;
      2. money, goods, services, gifts, entertainment, employment, contracts or other things of value, in order to obtain or retain an advantage; and
      3. any other unlawful or improper payments or benefits.
  7. Unfair Business Practices
    1. The Supplier shall comply with all applicable competition laws including but not limited to those relating to teaming and information sharing with competitors, price fixing, and rigging bids.
  8. Sourcing and Managing of Associates
    1. When assessing the Supplier’s performance against the requirements set out in this paragraph 8, Fat Beehive shall consider the risk profile of the transaction, the Supplier’s ability to comply with the requirements and the consequences where the Supplier fails to meet those requirements
    2. The Supplier shall carry out appropriate due diligence of its prospective Associates that will form part of Fat Beehive’s upstream supply chain. As a minimum, the due diligence should include the following:
      1. investigations into prospective suppliers’ stance, public statements, and actions on human rights, treatment of workers, bribery, ethical behaviour and environmental outlook; and
      2. risk assessments for countries where materials, components, or finished goods are sourced.
    3. When dealing with Associates, the Supplier shall:
      1. ensure that all agreements with Associates include provisions that require the Associates to comply with applicable provisions of this Code;
      2. ensure that it has measures to monitor that those Associates are complying with those compliance-related provisions; and
      3. pay its Associates promptly, with the maximum payment period being 60 days.
  9. Training
    1. The Supplier shall implement a training system for its employees to ensure that they are aware of the requirements of this Code
    2. The Supplier shall keep a record of all training offered and completed by its employees and shall make a copy of such record available to Fat Beehive on request.
  10. Self-Monitoring, Proof of Compliance and Audit
    1. The Supplier shall monitor its compliance with the Code and shall report any violations (actual or suspected) of this Code as soon as possible to accounts@Fat
    2. The Supplier shall not retaliate or take disciplinary action against any Supplier employee or Associate that has, in good faith, reported violations of this Code or questionable behaviour or who has sought advice regarding this Code.
    3. The Supplier shall provide written confirmation to Fat Beehive at least once a year that:
      1. it has appropriate systems in place to ensure its compliance with this Code; and
      2. it is able to comply with this Code for the duration of its relationship with Fat Beehive.
    4. In addition to the written confirmation at paragraph 10.3, Fat Beehive may conduct audits to verify the Supplier’s compliance with this Code. Fat Beehive has no obligation to conduct such audits.
  11. Breach, Remediation and Termination
    1. Where Fat Beehive becomes aware of any violation (actual or prospective) by the Supplier of the Code, Fat Beehive may:
    2. immediately upon written
      1. notice terminate its business relationship (including any purchase orders and purchase contracts) with the Supplier; or
      2. require the Supplier to produce a remediation plan that will lead to compliance with the Code, and present it to Fat Beehive within 21 days of being requested to do so. Suppose the Supplier fails to produce the remediation plan within this timeframe or fails to implement it within a reasonable time. In that case, Fat Beehive may terminate the applicable agreements immediately upon notice.

Supplier Questionnaire

  • If yes, please provide a copy If planned, please enter the planned completion date: Do you conform to ISO14001? (If yes, please provide a copy of your certificate).
  • We do not employ or condone any form of child labour recruitment, denial of education, exploitation and protection of health and safety
  • We do not employ or condone any form of enforced, bonded or involuntary labour of any description. Workers will be given the right to leave after giving reasonable notice, and with due regard to relevant domestic legislation, nor will they be expected to lodge “deposits” or their identity papers.
  • We do not employ or condone any form of discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement, unless provided for in domestic legislation, based on (but not limited to) categories listed within International Labour Organisation Convention C111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
  • We will make every effort to provide a safe and hygienic working environment, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Records of health and safety training are available for inspection.
  • We recognise that workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. We adopt an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities. Workers, representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace. Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
  • We do not employ or condone any form of physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, verbal abuse, harassment or other forms of intimidation are not acceptable. Disciplinary and grievance procedures will be clearly documented and communicated to all workers. All disciplinary measures of a serious nature shall be recorded, including evidence that the worker knew what they were accused of and were given the right to put across their point of view.
  • Our working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.
  • Our wages and benefits will be at least fully comparable with locally benchmarked industry norms or national legal requirements, whichever affords greater protection. They will always be sufficient for basic needs whilst still providing some discretionary income. We comply with the National Living Wage rates
  • We constantly seek to make continuous improvements in their environmental performance and, as a minimum, comply with the requirements of local, national and international laws and regulations. All practical efforts to minimise the use of energy, water and raw materials will be made and where possible, these resources shall be renewable. Practical efforts will be made to minimise solid waste and effluent and dispose of it in a safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible manner. We will avoid contamination of the local environment and ensure that air, noise and odour levels are within nationally defined limits.
  • We will comply with international anti-bribery standards and local anti-corruption and bribery laws designed to combat bribery and corruption. In particular, we will not offer services, gifts or benefits to employees of other organisations, in order to influence the employee’s conduct in representing any aspect in the product life cycle of our products.
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