Aelca Supplier Code of Ethics

Introduction

Aelca is firmly committed to legality and ethical and upright behaviour, which is why it has adopted all the necessary protocols to guarantee exemplary business conduct, creating control mechanisms for effective compliance with the law in all areas.

 

This means that Aelca expects, not only from its employees, but also from all the companies with which it collaborates, and especially from the entire supply chain, that they always act with integrity and in accordance with the spirit and the letter of the law.

 

Only in this way can we create the trust that our environment places in us and which is the foundation of our reputation and the guarantee of our long-term future.

 

It is therefore imperative that our suppliers adhere to our ethical principles, which is why this supplier code of ethics has been developed.

 

We consider the acceptance and adherence to this code of conduct to be a necessary and indispensable condition for remaining an Aelca supplier.

 

Code of Ethics

 

1. COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW AND REGULATIONS IN FORCE

 

The supplier undertakes, in its relationship with Aelca, to respect all laws in force in all its negotiations and decisions. The supplier, if it is a commercial company, declares that, in compliance with the provisions of article 31 bis of the penal code, it has adopted and implemented an organisational and management model that includes the appropriate monitoring and control measures to prevent the commission of crimes. It also undertakes to provide Aelca, if required to do so, with a document certifying this.

 

2. PROHIBITION OF CORRUPTION OR BRIBERY 

 

Corruption of any kind is prohibited and must not be practised or tolerated. No attempt may be made to influence the other party in business relations, via the exchange of gifts or the offering of other advantages. The same applies to the acceptance of such advantages.

 

3. LABOUR LEGISLATION

 

The supplier shall comply with applicable labour laws and collective bargaining agreements for the manufacture of its products and/or the provision of its services.

 

Regardless of where it operates, child labour may not be used in any of its activities and must not be tolerated. Furthermore, the supplier must respect and support compliance with international human rights. No work may be accepted that is not freely offered by an individual or that comes from a threat of punishment or retaliation or in payment of a debt. The supplier must comply with legislation, applicable collective bargaining agreements and industry standards regarding working hours, rest breaks and holidays.

 

The supplier shall pay its employees in accordance with laws and collective bargaining agreements, and undertakes that wages will always be at or above the legal minimum wage or, in countries where there is no legal minimum wage, the industry standard minimum wage, and will cover the basic needs of the workers, including being compensated for overtime.

 

4. HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

 

The supplier is committed to working in a way that preserves health and the environment and avoids danger to people and in the communities where it operates, and must therefore comply with all health, safety and environmental legislation. This includes ensuring the protection of workers' health, taking appropriate measures to prevent all types of accidents or illnesses caused by their work, as well as those aimed at eliminating all risks. In the event of risks that cannot be eliminated, the supplier will provide all workers with the necessary protective equipment.

 

The supplier shall, without exception, manage the business in accordance with the environmental and public health regulations and laws in force from time to time and shall apply the best available practices and techniques on the market.

 

5. WORKERS' RIGHTS. FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION.

 

The supplier shall respect the right of workers to join and form associations or trade unions, in accordance with local laws, for the purpose of collective bargaining. Employees shall be free to choose their representatives.

 

6. RESPECT AND DISCRIMINATION 

 

The supplier, within its organisation, prohibits any discrimination based on skin colour, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ancestry, age, disability, health, pregnancy or any other factor prohibited by any applicable law.

 

This prohibition applies both to the recruitment of new employees and to the promotion of internal staff.

 

It is expressly forbidden to condition the hiring or promotion of an employee on factors unrelated to his or her professional merits or on his or her ability and competence for the position to be filled.

 

Likewise, it shall promote a policy aimed at creating a working environment where everyone is treated with dignity, respect, honesty and sensitivity, prohibiting the infliction on any person in the organisation of any kind of degrading treatment or undermining their moral integrity.

 

This policy shall apply both on the supplier's premises and, where applicable, on Aelca's premises as a customer.

 

7. COMPLIANCE WITH COMPETITION LAW

 

The supplier must comply with all applicable antitrust and unfair competition laws.

 

8. FOREIGN TRADE

 

The supplier must comply with all foreign trade, tax and customs regulations of all countries with which it does business.

 

9. PROTECTION OF CONFIDENTIAL, INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY INFORMATION

 

All information shared with the supplier, whether from Aelca, its customers or other suppliers, must be appropriately protected and treated in strict confidence to prevent disclosure to or falling into the hands of unauthorised third parties.

 

The supplier shall take appropriate measures to ensure that all employees who have access act responsibly with and protect confidential information.

 

The intellectual and industrial property of Aelca and its customers must also be protected.

 

10. PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA

 

The supplier shall process personal data in accordance with the legislation in force and, in the event that the service involves access to personal data for which Aelca is responsible, it must first sign the mandatory data processor contract.

 

11. SUPPLY CHAIN

 

The supplier undertakes to ensure that the contents of this code of conduct are implemented by its suppliers and sub-suppliers as far as possible.

 

12. MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 

The supplier shall communicate these policies and procedures to ensure compliance by all its personnel.

 

13. COMPLAINTS CHANNEL

 

Aelca provides all its suppliers with a confidential complaints channel to which they can report any irregularity detected in their commercial relationship with Aelca: aelca@linea-etica.es.

 

The reports received will be dealt with by the Aelca compliance committee for their resolution.