At Borouge, we are fully committed to the wellbeing of society and preservation of the environment, while addressing the economic expectations of our shareholders. We aim to do business in a way that protects and enhances the lives of workers across our supply chain, while preserving the environment – and therefore we commit to the Responsible Sourcing of our products and services. As this extends beyond the boundaries of our own operations, we collaborate with our suppliers to ensure that they too conduct their business and operations responsibly.
To deliver upon this commitment, at Borouge we have established specific requirements, in relation to Workers Protection, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), and Ethics that all our suppliers and sub-suppliers are required to meet.
While the minimum obligation for all Borouge contractors and suppliers is to comply with the laws and regulations of the region of their operations, at Borouge we expect them to implement the necessary systems and controls to ensure compliance to the Borouge Responsible Sourcing Commitment.
Borouge workers protection standards
In line with our Sustainability and Procurement Policies, as well as our commitment to Responsible Care® and Social Responsibility, the
Borouge Workers Protection Standard is based primarily on the International Social Accountability SA8000 Standard and United Nations Global Compact, while our HSE rules and conditions are based on laws and regulations, international best practices and ADNOC's Code of Practice.
We continuously engage with our suppliers to ensure that together, we can make a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of our people and protection of the environment, and that all our business practices are conducted ethically. Our online Anonymous Reporting facility is an open door for communities and employees to help us on our journey towards sustainability.
Borouge contractors and suppliers, and their sub-contractors and sub-suppliers, are expected to conduct their business ethically and protect the rights and wellbeing of their workers by complying firstly with local and national laws and then to the following requirements of these 10 focus areas. In the event of any changes to national laws, this will supersede any internal requirements.
1. Child labour
2. Forced labour
4. Working hours*
*In the UAE, and for certain service providers such as catering and security services, UAE labour laws may allow for a normal week of 54 hours instead of 48 hours. In China, a normal week is 40 hours with a maximum overtime per day of 3 hours allowable (up to 36 hours per month).
6. Freedom of association
- Employees are provided with an opportunity to collectively or individually express their concerns and expectations without discrimination and retaliation
- Employees may, within the allowances of local and national laws, bargain collectively without discrimination or retaliation
- Employees are protected from any form of physical, verbal or emotional harassment, or the threat thereof
- Employees can appeal against disciplinary actions free from any threat of punishment or retaliation
- The contractor has an Ethics Policy and provides regular training and awareness sessions to all its employees, so that remedial actions can be taken for any breaches
- There is a well-communicated process to report grievances or provide feedback, either directly or anonymously, including whistle-blowing, free from any threat of punishment or retaliation
- The contractor and its employees comply with the Corporate Ethics Policy of Borouge at all times and report any knowledge of any breach at the company
9. Conflict minerals and indigenous people
- Where applicable, the rights to property and land of indigenous people are protected within the framework of Free, Prior and Informed Consent
- The contractor does not source any materials or products containing minerals from conflict-affected regions impacting workers' rights
- Workers should always be communicated to in a language they fully understand
- Infringements and input to the Borouge Workers Protection Standard may be reported personally to the Borouge Contract Administrator and anonymously through www.borouge.com
Health, safety & environment
Health & Safety is the top most priority for Borouge and our suppliers are expected to share the same priority. In addition to aiming for zero accidents, Borouge is committed to reducing its environment impact across our operations.
Borouge suppliers, and sub-suppliers, are expected to comply firstly with local and national laws and then with the Health, Safety and Environment Rules and Conditions that embraces the following expectations. Detailed requirements are available from Borouge's Corporate HSE based on the Risk Profile of the Supplier.
1. Management Systems
- The Company has a Health and Safety Management System, ideally conforming to the OHSAS 18001 international Health and Safety Standard
- The Company has an Environmental Management System, ideally conforming to the ISO 14001 international Environmental Management System Standards
- The Company contributes to Borouge's ISO50001 Energy Management System to optimise its energy efficiency
- The Company's management leads by example and visibly demonstrates, either individually or collectively, that all business decisions are taken in line with Health, Safety and Environment
3. Objectives and targets
- The Company has Health, Safety and Environment strategic objectives and action plans
- Key Performance Indicators include lagging and leading indicators
- The Company contributes to Borouge's environmental targets
- All employees receive effective training on Health and Safety aspects
- Employees receive Environment awareness training
- Accurate training records are maintained by the Company
- The Company systematically identifies and eliminates potential hazards and their possible to harm individuals
6. Emergency response
- Comprehensive emergency response procedures are supported by regular simulation exercises and drills
- Employees are provided with regular emergency response awareness and training
- The Company has a Health, Safety and Environment incidents reporting system in place including near-miss incident reporting
- All employees are informed of Borouge's incident reporting system
- Health, Safety and Environment incidents are investigated and action plans implemented to prevent reoccurrence
- Infringements and input to the HSE Rules and Conditions may be reported anonymously through www.borouge.com
Ethics flourish in a culture of openness, trust and integrity in business practices. At Borouge, we care as much about how results are achieved as we care about the results themselves. Effective ethics is a team effort involving the participation and support of everyone and we work with all of our suppliers to ensure ethical business practices throughout the supply chain.
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