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Ethical Policy

Panelto Foods Ltd. aims to follow Ethical Trading Codes of Practice as laid out by our customers and to act responsibly to ensure that Employment conditions for all employees comply with National requirements as a minimum.  This policy incorporates the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008, as amended by the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Act 2013 as required by Irish Legislation and per the (UK) Modern Slavery Act 2015. Panelto Foods Ltd. are registered with SEDEX and comply with Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code by ensuring:

1.  Employment is freely Chosen
  • There is no forced or bonded labour.
  • There is no human trafficking or trafficking for exploitation.
  • Jobs are openly advertised or open to all who meet the personal criteria.

2.  Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. 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 if hazards inherent in the working environment.
  • Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers. There is a designated person responsible for Health & Safety training.
  • Access to clean toilet facilities are be provided.  Changing rooms, toilets, eating areas and first aid facilities are provided and well maintained.
  • A senior executive shall be assigned responsibility for health and safety.

3.  Child labour is not used
  • There is no recruitment of child labour.
  • Young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.

4.  Living wages are paid
  • Wages and Benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher.
  • All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions and about the particulars of the wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.

5.  Working hours are not excessive
  • Working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection.  The site has a system in place for monitoring working hours.

6.  No discrimination is practiced
  • There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Workers are allowed freedom of association.

7.  Regular employment is provided
  • To every extent possible work performed must be on the basis of recognised employment relationship established through national law and practice.
  • Obligations to employees under labour or social security laws and regulations arising from the regular employment relationship shall not be avoided through the use of labour-only contracting, sub-contracting, or home-working arrangements, or through apprenticeship schemes where there is no real intent to impart skills or provide regular employment, nor shall any such obligations be avoided through the excessive use of fixed term contracts of employment.

8.  No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
  • Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited.

This policy is approved by the Board of Directors and will be revised and updated on a yearly basis or more frequently if the need arises.
Brian Guerin
Operations Manager
Panelto Foods
Date: January 2023
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