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Ethical procurement certification

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Date Status ID Title
2018-09-07 Active A3006T Ethical procurement certification (2018-09-07) A3006T

Remarks – Recommended Use of SACC Item

Use this clause in requests for proposals (RFPs) for the procurement of apparel goods as listed at Annex A of Policy Notification (PN) 132. The bidder certifies that they and their first-tier subcontractors agree to comply with the minimum human rights and labour standards set forth below and attached to the bid solicitation. These eight fundamental human and labour rights are reflected in the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Legal text for SACC item

The ethical considerations for procurement of apparel certification document attached to this solicitation is incorporated by reference into, and forms a binding part of the bid solicitation. The Bidder must comply with the certification.

By submitting a bid in response to this bid solicitation, the Bidder certifies that:

  1. it has read and understands the certification attached to this solicitation;
  2. it understands that the eight fundamental human and labour rights laid out in the certification document must be complied with or the bid may be declared non-responsive, or Canada may terminate any resulting contract for default.

Ethical procurement certification

The Bidder certifies the following:

  1. Child labour

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors do not employ child labour, i.e. work done by children who are younger than the minimum age for admission to employment indicated in applicable legislation in the country, and no younger than the age at which compulsory schooling has been set in applicable legislation in the country. In any event, children are protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child’s education, or to be harmful to the child’s health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development. Employees younger than 18 shall not perform hazardous work, which includes work that may jeopardize their health, safety or morals.

  2. Forced labour

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors do not use forced labour or compulsory labour in all its forms, including trafficking in persons for the purpose of forced or compulsory labour, namely any work or service that is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty, and for which that person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily.

  3. Abuse and harassment

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors treat their employees with dignity and respect. No employees shall be subject to any physical, sexual or verbal harassment, abuse or violence or psychological hazards. Corporal punishment is not used or tolerated in any form.

  4. Discrimination

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors do not discriminate against their employees in hiring practices or any other term or condition of work (other than legitimate occupational requirements allowed by law) on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability or conviction of any offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record of suspension has been ordered.

  5. Freedom of association and collective bargaining

    Where provided for by law, the Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freely associate, organize and bargain collectively with their employer. No employee or worker representative shall be subject to discrimination, harassment, intimidation or retaliation as a result of his or her efforts to freely associate, organize or bargain collectively. Where the right to freedom of association is restricted under law, the Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors must provide workers alternative means of association, including effective means to express and remedy workplace grievances.

  6. Occupational safety and health

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment and, at minimum, comply with local and national health and safety laws. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they are safe and healthy.

  7. Fair wages

    The Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry or which constitute a living wage, whichever provides greater wages and benefits. Where compensation does not provide a living wage, the Bidder and its first-tier subcontractors shall ensure that real wages are increased annually to continuously close the gap with living wage.

  8. Hours of work

    Except in extraordinary circumstances, the Bidder’s and its first-tier subcontractors’ employees are not required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime per week, or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture.