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Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility:
Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance


Section 2.2 - The Employed - Health and Safety

The company provides a working environment that supports health and wellness.

The company affirms that workers have a right to a workplace that is free of toxic substances and all forms of health hazards, including second-hand smoke.

The company subscribes to the principle that every worker has the right of access to health care, including accessible and affordable medicines.

The company views health in holistic terms of body, mind and spirit, rather than the absence of sickness.

The company adopts specific policies to ensure that the workplace is free from toxic substances and all kinds of risks; is properly ventilated and appropriate, free, protective equipment and hygienic bathrooms and changing rooms for workers, especially for women and young workers are provided.

The company ensures participation by workers from all levels of employment, in education, examination and the monitoring process on issues of occupational health and safety.

The company has a policy, which prohibits health testing as a condition for employment, including pregnancy testing.

Where governments do not provide universal health coverage, the company provides adequate coverage for its employees and their dependents. This includes necessary essential medicines, including antiretrovirals for HIV / AIDS.

The company adopts a policy of non-discrimination and commits to programmes to overcome discrimination and stigmatization of employees with HIV / AIDS.

Bench Marks
The company adheres to the relevant codes of the World Health Organization (e.g. The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes) and the relevant International Labour Organisation's recommendations on health and safety, on the health of young workers, the health of women workers, the use of chemicals, occupational diseases, compensation for occupational injury and other related issues.

The company has clear communication policies on occupational health and safety, stress issues and all forms of harassment, through a variety of means, including a clear checklist and a worker-friendly handbook.

The company ensures that workers can elect representatives through democratic processes to factory Health and Safety Committees. They have rights to have regular monitoring of the factory, to have full access to all the information related to the occupational health and safety issues, and they will not be penalized when they assume these duties.

The company accepts independent monitoring by civil society groups and qualified inspectors and provides access for the inspection of plant facilities. The company agrees to take action to rectify any problems in a timely fashion.

The company ensures that workers can stop work if they find themselves at risk and that workers injured at work will be provided with suitable jobs after medical and psychological treatment.

Where provided, the company ensures healthy food and decent accommodation for the workers.

The company provides on-going education on the prevention of HIV / AIDS, training to overcome the stigmatization of employees with HIV / AIDS, and provides support systems to employees and their families such as counselling.