Policy Against Human Trafficking and Slavery

 

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC
Policy Against Human Trafficking and Slavery

I. Purpose
Ocean Beauty is committed to a work environment that is free from human trafficking, forced labor and unlawful child labor (“human trafficking and slavery”). We strongly believe that we are responsible for promoting ethical and lawful employment practices. These practices are also required to be followed by our direct key suppliers (“Suppliers”) worldwide. This Policy also complies with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act.

II. Scope
This Policy covers all employees of Ocean Beauty and all of its direct Suppliers. In the event anything in this Policy may conflict with local law, local law will control the interpretation and application of this Policy.

III. Definitions
Human Trafficking: the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.
Forced Labor: all work or service, not voluntarily performed, that is obtained from an individual under the threat of force or penalty.
Harmful Child Labor: consists of the employment of children that is economically exploitative, or is likely to be hazardous to, or interfere with, the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health, or physical, mental, spiritual, moral, or social development.

IV. Rationale
Ocean Beauty will not tolerate the use of unlawful child labor or forced labor in the manufacture of products it sells and does not intend to accept products from Suppliers that employ or utilize child labor or forced labor in any manner. Human trafficking and slavery are crimes under state, federal, and international law. These crimes exist in countries throughout the world. This Policy is to define how Ocean Beauty will make efforts to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from not only within its organization, but also from its supply chains.

V. Requirements
Ocean Beauty expects its Suppliers to conduct business with honesty, integrity, and to adhere to the following standards:

  1. Will not use forced or compulsory labor, i.e., any work or service that a worker performs involuntarily, under threat of penalty;
  2. Will ensure that the overall terms of employment are voluntary;
  3. Will comply with the minimum age requirements prescribed by applicable laws unless a specific contract contains stricter age requirements;
  4. Will compensate its workers with wages and benefits that meet or exceed the legally required minimum and will comply with overtime pay requirements;
  5. Will abide by applicable law concerning the maximum hours of daily labor.
  6. Will provide a safe and healthy working environment, including for any company-provided living quarters.
  7. Will respect employees right to freedom of association, consistent with local laws;
  8. Will encourage diverse workplace and provide a workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment and or any other form of abuse;

VI. Certification
By their acceptance of any purchase order from Ocean Beauty, Suppliers thereby acknowledge and certify their compliance with the principles and requirements of the newest version of the Policy.

VII. Audits
Suppliers must be able to demonstrate compliance with this Policy at the request and satisfaction of Ocean Beauty. Ocean Beauty will perform periodic random audits regarding this Policy to assure compliance. Suppliers shall identify and comply with applicable laws, regulations, standards, and relevant customers.