Social Compliance and Code of Ethics Policy
STS Blue has a long history of conducting its business following the highest ethical standards and in accordance with not only the letter of all applicable laws, but also the spirit of such laws. To that end, STS Blue follows this Social Compliance and Code of Ethics policy, and requires all of its suppliers and vendors commit to adhering to STS Blue’s Social Compliance and Code of Ethics policy. This policy is integral to STS Blue’s commitment to ensuring that all of its suppliers and vendors create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace environment for all employees. STS Blue will immediately sever relations with suppliers and vendors who violate this policy. Overall, STS Blue expects that all of its suppliers and vendors act, at all times, with integrity and in an ethical manner. Any decisions or actions that reflect a disregard for honesty, integrity or general business ethics may be in violation of this policy. STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must be honest with their employees and with STS Blue. STS Blue reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.
Compliance with Local Laws and Regulations
All of STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must at all times, at a minimum, be in compliance with all of the laws and regulations governing the jurisdictions in which they do business. However, STS Blue recognizes that laws and regulations vary from place to place, and being in compliance with local laws is not enough to ensure that STS Blue’s vendors and suppliers meet STS Blue’s high standards. As such, oftentimes STS Blue requires more of its suppliers and vendors, as set forth in this policy.
The safekeeping of the environment is important to STS Blue, and STS Blue wants to ensure that its suppliers and vendors are doing what they can to establish operating procedures that take into account their environmental impact. STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must, in addition to complying with any applicable laws and regulations regarding environment protections, establish and follow an environmental management system that includes disaster and emergency preparedness, and store all hazardous materials in a secure, ventilated location, and properly dispose of all hazardous materials. STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must all ensure that their employees’ health or safety is not in any way jeopardized by the environmental conditions associated with their employment.
STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must not use child labor – with a child being anyone younger than 15 (or 14 in a jurisdiction where the law so allows). STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must maintain credible evidence to support compliance with this requirement. In the event STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors believe that one or more employee is underage, they will take reasonable action to investigate. STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors should not turn a blind eye to children representing that they are of age when they are not.
STS Blue’s suppliers and vendors must not use any form of forced labor, including employees acquired through human trafficking, or indentured slavery.