UNICEPTA works for clients and communities around the world, working to achieve our purpose: to build trust in society and solve important problems. That’s why we seek to act in accordance with internationally-recognised human rights and standards, including the International Bill of Human Rights, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, making them integral to the way we operate. We’re working to guard against being complicit in human rights violations and to uphold the human rights of our people and any other individuals that we’re in contact with, either directly or indirectly.
Our Human Rights Policy applies to all UNICEPTA staff.
- seek to avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through our own activities and address such impacts, if they do occur, in a timely and appropriate manner;
- seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly related to our operations, products and services through our business relationships;
- provide for, or cooperate in their remediation through legitimate processes, if we identify that we have caused or contributed to adverse human rights impacts;
- continue to look for ways to support the promotion of human rights within our operations and our sphere of influence.
This sets out our position with respect to human rights and modern slavery and sits alongside our Employment Manual, Health and Safety Policy, Global Human Rights Statement and the Global Third Party Code of Conduct. Please refer to our Modern Slavery Statement, to learn about the actions we’ve taken to uphold this policy in the most recent year.
Our statements below draw upon the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work:
Child Labour: UNICEPTA will not use child labour and will comply with all relevant laws in this regard. We do, however, support legitimate workplace apprenticeships, internships and other similar programmes that comply with the applicable laws and regulations.
Modern slavery: UNICEPTA will not use forced, bonded or involuntary labour, and workers are not required to lodge ‘deposits’ or identity papers with the firm and can leave after giving reasonable notice, with all wages owed to be paid. We have a zero-tolerance approach towards human trafficking.
Health, Safety and Hygiene: All UNICEPTA employees will work in an environment that is both safe and healthy, in line with Health and Safety Polices
Discipline: UNICEPTA prohibits physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation. Disciplinary and grievance procedures are clearly documented and communicated to all employees in our Employee Manual. All disciplinary measures of a serious nature are recorded and actioned.
Freedom of Association and Employee Representation: UNICEPTA recognises that all its employees have the right to form and join organisations of their own choosing. The firm takes active measures to seek employees’ views about the firm, respects employees’ rights to belong to trade unions and fully complies with our legal obligations to inform and consult employees.
Working Hours: UNICEPTA will ensure that working hours are reasonable and comply with the law and industry standards.
Equality of Treatment: UNICEPTA is fully committed to eliminating discrimination in recruitment, training and working conditions, on grounds of race, colour, sex, age, religion, political opinion, national extraction, sexual orientation, disability or social origin and to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment as outlined in the Employment Manual.
Employment terms: UNICEPTA will provide written and clear contracts which detail the terms and conditions of its staff employment. We will ensure that work performed by employees is on the basis of recognised employment law and practice.
Remuneration: UNICEPTA will, at a minimum, provide wages and benefits that meet national standards. We are an accredited Living Wage employer, which also extends to key suppliers working on our premises. We will provide employees with clear written information on their pay and conditions. The firm prohibits deductions on employees’ wages as a disciplinary measure. UNICEPTA is committed to equal pay and benefits for men and women for work of equal value.