Endeavour Speciality Chemicals is committed to conducting its business in a sustainable, ethical and responsible manner, ensuring that the impact on the communities with which it has dealings is positive and shows respect for international human rights and the environment. It is our belief that good corporate practices are essential to long term sustainable success and must be reflected in our workplace. Our reputation is important to us, but it is more than that; integrity and ethical behaviour are part of our culture.
Recognising that there are differences in laws, cultures and economic conditions that affect business practices around the world, Endeavour expects all corporations with which it deals to comply with the full requirements of the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code (‘ETI Base Code’), and any amendments thereof, concerning best practice with regard to social accountability. The ETI Base Code, copies of which can be downloaded from http://www.ethicaltrade.org/resources/eti-base-code, is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.
In addition to compliance with the provisions of ETI Base Code, Endeavour is committed to ensuring that modern slavery does not take place anywhere in our business or in any of our supply chains. Modern slavery may take various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking and is a crime and a violation of human rights, which exploits a person for personal or commercial gain.
Endeavour hires, promotes, develops and compensates employees based on meritocracy and without regard to age, gender, disability, marital status, race, national origin, religion or sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristics or status. Any corporations with which we deal are also expected to recruit, employ and promote employees on the sole basis of the qualifications and abilities needed for the work to be performed, without regard to any protected characteristics or any other category not relevant to performance.
The health and safety of employees is Endeavour`s number one priority. In addition, we seek to ensure the safety of all third parties, which attend our sites. Endeavour promotes a positive in-house health and safety culture through regular health and safety committee meetings, internal safety audits and extensive employee training, all of which lead to continuous improvement. Particular emphasis is placed upon the recording and assessment of ‘near misses’ and the resultant implementation of preventative measures.
Good environmental practice is important in ensuring that we, and our suppliers, operate responsible and sustainable businesses, which reduce their negative impact on the environment as much as practicable and comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and standards.
Endeavour is committed to ensuring full traceability of raw materials to their source; supply chain transparency is essential in assessing and monitoring risks and is a strict requirement of our customers. We expect our suppliers to support full traceability by having robust traceability systems in place under which they take ownership and responsibility for their own supply chains back to the original source of materials.
We maintain an adequate business continuity plan to enable a continuation of services to a reasonable degree in the aftermath of any kind of operational crisis, whether caused by a natural disaster, equipment malfunction, power failure, terrorist act, cyber-attack, or so forth.
In all our dealings we are committed to complying with applicable anti-corruption laws including those relating to actions that could be considered bribery. These laws, including the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and similar anti-corruption regulations throughout the world, shall be complied with. Bribery is the giving, promising, offering, receiving, agreeing to receive, requesting or accepting of anything of value or any kind of advantage, to or from any person in order to influence them improperly in the performance of their duty. A thing of value or advantage might be money; it may also include loans, gifts, travel or favours.
Endeavour’s policies do not preclude the giving and receiving of gifts and hospitality; they are permitted where they are transparent, proportionate, reasonable and within the laws of the country in which they are given or received. They are expressly prohibited where they could influence or be perceived to be capable of influencing any material transaction. Endeavour employees must declare any gifts received which are above a nominal value and must not accept hospitality without prior management approval.
Endeavour provides a confidential process by which all workers are able to raise concerns that they may have about the conduct of others in the business or the way in which the business is run, without fear of retaliation.