This statement reflects the underlying Human Rights & Labour Standards Policy approved and published internally on 1 January 2021.The principles and guidelines set out in the Policy are derived from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact, and reflect our aim of respecting human rights as laid out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The underlying Policy applies to all SDS Protection Ltd directors, officers and employees of SDS Protection and those of its wholly-owned subsidiaries (“SDS Protection Limited Employees”).
SDS Protection Ltd seeks to provide a work environment where employees are treated with respect, dignity, and consideration. This commitment is built upon a framework of policies and procedures designed to ensure fairness in the recruitment, development, and retention of all employees.
All employment must follow all applicable laws and regulations of the countries in which SDS protection operates. Where the applicable local laws and regulations require higher or additional levels of protection of human and employment rights than those set out in this Policy, the local laws and regulations will take precedence.
All SDS Protection Ltd Employees are required to report any actual, suspected, or potential violations of all Company policies, including this Human Rights and Labour Standard Policy. Failure to do so may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
This Policy shall be reviewed on an annual basis and updated where necessary to ensure the continuous improvement of working conditions and management of labour risks in SDS Protection Ltd global operations.
SDS Protection Ltd shall make available sufficient resources to give effect to its commitment to year on year improvements to working conditions and management of labour risks in its global operations.
SDS Protection Ltd supports and complies with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and seeks to honour the principles of internationally recognized human rights wherever it operates. Each SDS Protection Ltd employee shall be treated with dignity and shall not suffer harassment, physical or mental punishment or other forms of abuse. SDS Protection Ltd has effective grievance mechanisms which are transparent, equitable and predictable to enable the remediation of any adverse human rights impacts that may arise in its operations.
SDS Protection Ltd promotes effective employee engagement throughout its operations and welcomes open feedback from employees on all matters of company business.
Freedom of Association
SDS Protection Ltd recognizes and respects the right of employees to establish and join organizations which are designed to engage in collective bargaining and other initiatives to further and defend the interests of the workforce.
No SDS Protection Ltd employee shall be dismissed or otherwise prejudiced for reason of membership of such an employee organization or because of participation in that organization outside of working hours, or with consent of their line manager, within working hours.
SDS Protection Ltd employees shall enjoy protection against discrimination by virtue of their membership of an employee organization and employment shall not be conditional upon an employee not joining or relinquishing membership of such an organization.
Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking
SDS Protection Ltd does not accept nor condone any form of modern slavery whether forced, compulsory or trafficked labour. Without limitation, SDS protection Ltd does not engage sweatshop labour, convict labour or indentured labour under penal sanction.
All SDS Protection Ltd employees shall provide their services to the Company on an entirely voluntary basis and no one shall be forced to remain in the employ of SDS Protection Ltd against their will.
SDS Protection Ltd has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and encourages all employees to raise concerns about any issue or suspicion of modern slavery, in any part of the SDS Protection Ltd business at the earliest opportunity.
SDS Protection Ltd adheres to and strictly complies with international child labour conventions and child labour laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates.
The minimum age of a SDS Protection Ltd Employee shall be not less than the age of completion of compulsory education in the country of location of the relevant SDS Protection Ltd business unit, and in any event, shall not be less than 16 years.
Where the work concerned is by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, deemed to be “hazardous” under the definition provided by the International Labour Organisation 138 Concerning Minimum Age, the minimum age of the SDS Protection Ltd Employee shall be not less than 18 years.
SDS Protection Ltd strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against any SDS Protection Ltd Employee or any applicant for employment with SDS Protection Ltd whether such discrimination or harassment is based on sex, race, age, colour, ancestry, religion, belief, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or any other feature protected by law.
This provision should be read in conjunction with Section VIII of the SDS Protection Ltd Code of Ethics and Business Conduct which contains further guidance on the SDS Protection Ltd position with regard to discrimination, harassment and other potential issues in the workplace.
SDS Protection Ltd provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and take steps to prevent potential accidents and injuries to employee’s health by minimising the causes of hazards inherent in the workplace. All employees receive safety and job specific health and safety instructions. Employees have access to clean sanitary facilities complimentary hot & cold drinks, cooking facilities and air-conditioned rest rooms. Responsibility for implementing the Health and Safety element of this policy is assigned to our Human Resources Manager.
SDS Protection Ltd comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours and holiday entitlements. The Company’s normal working hours do not exceed 48 hours per week, and overtime hours do not exceed 12 hours per week, with the relevant periods of rest similarly observed. We ensure employees have the legal right to be employed in the UK.
SDS Protection Ltd comply with national laws and regulations relating to wages and benefits. All work-related activities are carried out on the basis of a recognised employment relationship established according to national law and practice. All members of staff are remunerated in a way which is in excess of the national minimum wage in the UK.
23 June 2021