Woolly Bear takes workers’ rights and working conditions very serious and therefore place heavy demands on our suppliers. Fundamental to our collaborations is that our partners closely follow and live up to the ILO core conventions:
- Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
- Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor.
- The effective abolition of child labor.
- Elimination of discrimination in employment and occupation.
Employment and employment relationships
Meaningful and productive work is an essential element of personal development and Wolly Bear strives to be one of the safest and best places to work at. This work may also have an positive effect the living standards of employees and partners through full and secure employment. Woolly Bear is working actively with education and training throughout the company and our value chains. All affected parts in cooperation shall also understand their rights and responsibilities, but also be aware of the appropriate measures in case the terms of the contract are not respected. The goal is to create a culture where further development is an integral part in the company.
Woolly Bear will:
- Safeguard that all work is done by people who are legally recognized as employees or who are legally recognized as self-employed.
- Comply with the obligations imposed on employers by law.
- Apply active workforce planning to avoid that the work is carried out on a temporary basis or excessive scope of work on short-term basis. Except when the work is by its nature truly short term or seasonal.
- Within a reasonable time give notice of dissmissal. Also inform at an appropriate time and together with the representatives of workers, if any. We shall also observe how the organization, to the extent possible, can mitigate the negative impact when operational changes are being considered, such as closures that affect employment.
- Ensure equal opportunities for all workers and not discriminate either directly or indirectly through any working conditions.
- Follow the procedures developed for dismissal.
- To protect workers’ personal data and privacy.
- Take steps to ensure that the work procured or outsources to sub-suppliers only goes to organizations that are legally recognized or otherwise able and willing to assume the responsibilities as an employer and providing decent working conditions. The company will only use the mediator of workers who are legally recognized and where other arrangements for the performance of work gives rights to those performing the work.
- Where necessary, establish contractual obligations to suppliers and subcontractors, making unannounced visits and inspections and to exercise due diligence in supervising contractors and intermediaries. Suppliers and subcontractors are expected to follow Woolly Bears requirements for working conditions.
- Where Woolly Bear is active internationally, we shall work towards increased employment, professional development, and advancement of nationals of the host country. This includes the outsourcing of work, and distributing through local enterprises where practicable.
- Consider the usefulness of creating permanent jobs rather than different forms of temporary employment.
- Consider participating in local and national skill-development programs, including apprenticeship programs, programs geared towards specific disadvantaged groups, validification and certification.
- Consider helping to develop or improve skills-development programs in the local community where these are inadequate, possibly in partnership with others in the local community,
- Consider the possibility of helping organizations to work within the current legal framework,
The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency with a tripartite structure (governments, workers and employers) set up to establish international standards for work. These minimum standards are legal instruments setting out basic, general principles and rights in labor.
Working conditions and social security
Working conditions include wages and other forms of remuneration, working hours, breaks, holidays, methods of disciplinary measures and dismissal, maternity protection and welfare issues such as safe drinking water, sanitation, canteens and access to medical care. The company’s working conditions determined primarily by national laws and regulations.
As an employer, Woolly Bear has potential to create beneficial working conditions of its employees.
- Woolly Bear will when employing, sign a collective agreement.
- Equal pay for equal work principle.
Social dialogue includes all types of negotiations, consultations or exchanges of information between or among representatives of governments, employers and workers on issues of common interest relating to economic and social aspects. It can take place between employers and representatives of workers in matters that affect their interests, and could also include governments, where broader factors, such as legislation and social policies, is at stake.
Woolly Bear has full freedom of association and aims to develop the company and work in dialogue with their employees. We also attach great importance to the organizations and international level institutions working with workers. In addition, stakeholders’ interests, is an important part of Woolly Bears work and through the company’s policy of full transparency and outreach dialogue tries to get their views on how the company will continue to develop. The company also follows the collective structures of negotiation.
Work on site is about to promote and maintain the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers and prevention of damage to health caused by working conditions. It is also about the protection of workers and their risks to health and the adaptation of working environment to the workers’ physiological and psychological needs.
Our environment policy is based on the principle that a high standard of work and the organization’s results support and reinforce each other.
Our joint health and safety committees is something the Woolly Bear sees as important and something we will develop further when the organization has grown large enough.