Corporate Responsibility

Corporate-ResponsibilityNorth Food Group acknowledges its social responsibility in the global marketplace, which demands adherence to principles that protect the well-being of employees throughout our supply chain as well as of the communities in which we operate. The following principles are followed by North Food Group and its supply chain. This documentation of Corporate Social Responsibility beliefs and expectations notifies every organization and individual in our Supply Chain that they must share adherence to these practices and principles.

North Food Group respects and supports compliance with internationally accepted human rights and condemns all forms of forced and compulsory labor. Suppliers will not use forced or involuntary labor or exploitative child labor. Suppliers will not employ individuals in violation of local mandatory school age or under the legal employment age in each country where they operate. In no case will suppliers employ non-family workers under the age of 15.

Suppliers will uphold equal opportunities with respect to employment and will refrain from discrimination in any form unless national law expressly provides for selection according to specific criteria. Discrimination against employees based on gender, race, disability, origin, religion, age or sexual orientation is not acceptable. North Food Group is opposed to all exploitative working conditions. Suppliers will ensure health and safety at the workplace to a level no less than required by national legislation.

Suppliers will honor the right to reasonable compensation of a level no less than the legally established minimum-wage and the local job market, based on local laws and regulations. Within the scope of national legislation, suppliers will respect the principle of “equal pay for work of equal value. Suppliers will comply with national provisions and agreements regarding working hours and regular, paid holidays. North Food Group demands stewardship of our natural resources. We encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. We seek to minimize our environmental footprint in the communities in which we operate. Suppliers will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations and will promptly develop and implement plans or programs to correct any non-compliant practices.

North Food Group strictly adheres to all local and applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and requires its suppliers to act in a similar manner. North Food Group expects its suppliers to introduce and implement equivalent principles in their own companies and their own supply chains and train their employees regularly on these standards. They must incorporate these principles as a basis for relations with North Food Group.

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