This Conduct Code is the result of AMARA S.A.’s (hereinafter, AMARA or “the Company”) strong determination to encourage among its vendors responsible conducts kept in accordance with its own business model, as the necessary basis to ensure a sustainable development within the company.
This Code sets up the values, principles and ethical rules that govern the Company’s conducts, which it also wants its vendors to comply with.
The purpose is that AMARA’s professional relationships with its clients take place in a mutual trust environment, and that the highest ethical standards are met between both parties.
AMARA is a company committed to regulatory compliance, so it expects the same from its vendors, and any act of the same in breach of the provisions of this Code, will imply the corresponding liability, and the Company can file the pertinent legal actions each case.
AMARA’s excellence in its business activity is also expected from its vendors.
This Conduct Code is applicable to any and all vendors of the Company, whether they are private individuals or legal entities, and to the members of the same. Furthermore, they will see to it that the subcontractors, intermediaries or other vendors referred to for the manufacturing or purchase of products or services for AMARA, know and comply with the standards of this Conduct Code.
Companies, their employees and managers are liable for ensuring compliance with this Conduct Code in all their work centres and in all services rendered to AMARA.
AMARA’s vendors will ensure in all their acts and in their relationships with their main contractors and vendors, strict compliance with the national law in force and with any other resulting from application in each work centre in which they develop their activities, and will comply with this Code and the internationally acknowledged fundamental rights of people, work and the environment.
AMARA, within its commitment to effective compliance with respect to internationally acknowledged workers rights, to compliance with legislation in force, national and international, and with its corporate liability, requires from vendors and contractors taking part in the manufacturing and/or distribution of products for AMARA that they undertake several labour obligations expressed below:
Forced labour is legally forbidden; therefore, it is absolutely forbidden to use or benefit in any way from work or work against people’s will.
Likewise, it is legally forbidden to require money deposits from workers, and for employers to keep their original identity documents.
In order for a person to be contracted and to perform labour activity, this person must have reached the minimum age established in each country to be able to work; in any case, it cannot be less than the one established by the International Labour Organisation.
Harassment or Abuse
They are conducts that are contemplated and punished by the Penal Code; therefore they will not under any circumstance be permitted, and their practice must be pursued and severely punished. Harassment includes physical, sexual, psychological and oral harassment or any other misuse of power.
AMARA is completely against any harassment conduct; therefore, it expects the same from its vendors. Furthermore, our legal system punishes labour discrimination on grounds of race, religion, sex, nationality, language, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability.
These points will be taken into account for recruitment, training, remuneration, promotion or termination of contracts.
Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining
The right to association, membership and collective bargaining must be respected by the employer.
Salaries and other Compensation
Salaries and other remunerations will be the ones foreseen in applicable collective bargains, in compliance with the legal regulations in force in each country, and the referenced standards within the industry.
Health and Safety
Safety in work is one of the main aspects of labour relationships; therefore, all employees must be provided with a safe and healthy labour environment.
Companies will adopt suitable measures in Occupational Hazards Prevention, such as equipment, signalling, etc., or occupational diseases, including those implying training in this matter.
AMARA’s vendors must comply with all environmental legislation, being obliged to report to the Company their mandatory regulations, and to justify compliance with the same, if this is required.
We will try to follow a dynamic and preventive approach, concluding legally established requirements. Holding the corresponding environmental certificates will be positively valued with regard to other vendors.
Corruption is one of the worst scourges of economy nowadays; therefore, AMARA is strongly committed to fight against it, and to that regard, it will require from all its vendors to forbid acceptance or offering of any type of gifts, fees, remuneration or other offerings that may condition their objectiveness and independence in the recruitment process.
To this regard, it is understood that objectiveness and independence in recruitment decisions is compromised when these offerings are considered disproportionate in relation to good habits and practices in business relationships, and when the person would have not been contracted if these offerings or gifts had not been given.
The Penal Code also punishes the payment of bribes, and other similar practices intended to corrupt the will of civil servants or analogous positions to achieve undue profit.
In any case, relationships of AMARA’s vendors must be guided by the highest ethical standards and good business practices, and by the protection of free competition and regulatory compliance.
AMARA is a Company committed to information safety and to personal data protection; therefore, it requires from its vendors to keep confidentiality of information entrusted by AMARA within their business relationships, unless AMARA has previously and expressly authorised its disclosure.
Non compliance with any of the points described throughout this Conduct Code, by the vendor company or any other dependant third party, will give AMARA the possibility to pursue termination of the contract joining both parties, with the consequences foreseen in the legal system in force, together with the possibility to adopt the pertinent legal measures.