The vision of Linc Sourcing is, as a buying agent, to support companies in making their purchasing process more efficient. On behalf of our customers, we source the best suppliers and we take an active role during the whole purchasing process monitoring the entire flow of information and products from samples to final delivery. We recognize the responsibility for the conditions under which our customers´ products are manufactured and all people involved in the manufacturing of Linc Sourcing´s customers´ products should as a non-negotiable rule be included in our vision. All our suppliers and subcontractors shall sign a commitment where they agree to follow our demands in certain fields such as working environment and refusal to accept child labour. Our staff regularly visit the factories but we also keep the right to unannounced visits, sometimes made by independent institutes to make sure that no fundamental rules are violated. If these requirements are violated, Linc Sourcing may choose to terminate the cooperation.
All of our suppliers are asked to follow our ethical rules regarding working conditions and environmental issues, which are checked and followed up by us during our meetings with our suppliers. The codes of conduct that we ask our suppliers to follow and which, among others, include requirements to follow rules posted by ILO, UN and UNICEF, are according to below.
All suppliers must as a rule follow the national laws in the country of operation as well as international standards drawn by ILO and UNICEF
Linc Sourcing does not accept child labour. Our policy is based on the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child, article 32.1.
Wages shall be promptly and directly paid to the employee. They should exceed the legal minimum.
Working hours shall not exceed the legal maximum according to national law. National legislation regarding paid leave and vacation shall be observed. Overtime is voluntary and overtime shall be paid at a premium rate. All employees should have at least 24 hours of consecutive rest per week.
Health and safety
The working environment shall be safe and sound. Workplaces, machinery and equipment must be safe and without risk when appropriate measures of protection are taken. Free protective clothing and protective equipment shall be provided to employees when needed. Employees shall have appropriate training in occupational safety and health, as well as measures to deal with emergencies and accidents. Workers and their organisations shall be consulted on aspects of occupational safety and health.
If housing facilities are provided for the employees, it should ensure reasonable privacy, quietness and personal hygiene.
Forced or compulsory labour whatsoever is not allowed. Any work that has not been offered voluntarily by the said person is forbidden.
No disciplinary punishments are allowed under any circumstances.
Right to organize and collective bargaining
Employees are free to independently exercise the right to organize and join worker’s organizations. Negotiations regarding terms and conditions of employment by workers generally accepted worker’s organizations shall also be allowed as well as collective bargaining.
Workers have equal access to employment, equal terms and conditions and equal remuneration for work of equal value. The suppliers shall respect the equality of opportunity and treatment in employment without any discrimination, distinction, exclusion or preference based upon sex, age, race, colour, religion, nationality, political opinion or social origin.
Security of employment
Long-term employment based on written contracts shall be used as much as possible. Notice period for employee’s termination of employment contracts shall be at least same as the notice period according to national law.
The employer shall guarantee that all employees are covered by (if available) appropriate insurance providing adequate protection and benefits with regard to invalidity, injury and pension.
Employees who are injured at work shall be compensated for loss of income.
This document shall be translated into the local language and be displayed in the places of work.
Linc Sourcing suppliers must:
- strive towards, and have a plan for, how to continuously reduce waste and emissions to air, ground and water,
- handle, store and dispose of hazardous waste in an environmentally safe manner,
- contribute to the recycling of materials and used products, and
- strive towards using as much recycled material as possible in production and packing.