Ethical Procurement Policy
As an international organisation, Elcometer Limited sources products and components from around the Globe. Our environmental and anti-bribery policies clearly state our position on these two very important issues and go some way to set out our position on how we conduct our business in a sustainable and ethical way.
This Ethical Procurement Policy has been written to further describe how we conduct business with our suppliers, together with the expectations that we have of our suppliers regarding the way that they conduct their business and applies to all Elcometer's purchases of goods and services.
Our aim is to ensure that the whole of our supply chain conforms to our ethical procurement standards.
As a leading supplier of inspection equipment, we understand that our reputation does not simply rest with the quality and service we offer to our customers. We have a duty to ensure that we strive to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and corporate responsibility worldwide and seek to influence our suppliers to operate to similar high standards as ourselves.
We support the principles set out within the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles set out in the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502 with regards to the use of conflict minerals.
- expect all our employees to adhere to our environmental, anti-bribery and ethical procurement policies;
- pay suppliers in accordance with the agreed terms and deal with exceptions in a timely manner;
- ensure that we will not knowingly purchase product(s) which contain metals derived from minerals defined as 'Conflict Minerals.' Conflict Minerals include columbite-tantalite (coltan, niobium and tantalum), cassiterite (tin), gold, wolframite (tungsten), their derivatives or other minerals determined by International Governments to be financing conflict.
- ensure an ethical basis to business practice;
- select and treat our suppliers fairly and objectively at all times;
- seek to ensure that our environmental, anti-bribery and ethical procurement policies are considered in our supplier appraisal process.
We expect our suppliers to:
- conduct business without the payment or receipt of inducements, unlawful incentives or other benefits that might be considered an attempt to influence decision makers;
- respect fundamental human rights;
- treat employees fairly, never abuse or threaten them and never use forced, bonded or child labour;
- maintain a safe working environment at all times and provide access to protective equipment and safety training for all employees;
- confirm they understand and respect our environmental, anti-bribery and ethical procurement policies;
- maintain effective policies, processes and procedures to manage their environmental impact and to operate their business in a sustainable way;
- ensure that they do not purchase products which contain metals derived from conflict minerals;
- comply with all applicable local, national, regional and international laws, regulations and directives at all times; and
- respect the intellectual property rights of others.
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness of this policy.
All workers are responsible for the success of this policy and should ensure they use it to disclose any suspected danger or wrongdoing.