Code of Corporate Social Responsibility
Silicon Mitus's Code of Corporate Social Responsibility calls for the Company to conduct business in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as sound business practices, of each nation in which we are engaged. We also expect our suppliers and other business partners to adhere to the laws, regulations, and sound business practices of each jurisdiction in which they operate. However, the Code's aim goes further, aspiring to adhere to internationally recognized standards for the improvement and maintenance of social and environmental responsibilities of business organizations. Silicon Mitus will review and improve this Code on a regular basis to be an active member in advancing corporate social responsibility worldwide.
Labor and Human Rights
In general, human rights of workers and employees must be treated with the dignity and respect as understood by the international community.
Wages and benefits: Workers should be paid at least the minimum wage of the jurisdiction and should be compensated for overtime work in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. Deductions from wages shall not be used as a disciplinary measure. Workweeks cannot exceed the maximum permitted by law. Days of rest, vacation time, leave, and holidays must be given to workers in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
Nondiscrimination and fair treatment: Workers cannot be discriminated on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, union membership, or marital status in hiring, promotions, and other employment practices. Workers may not be subject to harsh or inhumane treatment, including sexual harassment or abuse, corporal punishment, coercion, verbal abuse, or undue restrictions on leaving the company facilities. The company must not allow such discrimination, abuse, or harassment in the workplace.
Freedom of association: Workers must have the right to associate freely, including the right to join worker organizations and to engage in collective bargaining, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. In employment practices, companies cannot discriminate against workers based on membership in such associations and their voicing to management of their opinions on working conditions.
No child labor: Children shall not be employed. Child labor refers to the employment of any person who is under the age of 15, below the minimum age for employment in the relevant country, or below the age for completing compulsory education, whichever is highest.
No involuntary labor: Forced labor in any form – including slave, forced, bonded, indentured, or prison labor – is prohibited. All work must be voluntary and employees must be allowed to resign from employment by providing reasonable notice.
Health and Safety
In general, workers should be provided safe and clean working conditions.
Occupational safety: Health and safety risks must be minimized by implementing appropriate controls, procedures, and checklists. Where needed, workers must be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment. Workers cannot be disciplined or otherwise discriminated for raising health and safety issues to management.
Dealing with emergencies: The company must identify and assess potential emergency situations and establish necessary protocols, response procedures, evacuation procedures, and worker training. Appropriate fire detection equipment, alarms, and adequate exit facilities must be in place.
Prevention of exposure to hazardous materials: Hazardous chemical, biological, or physical materials must be identified and controlled in order to maintain a healthy environment for workers.
Occupational injuries and illnesses: Physically demanding tasks, including but not limited to heavy lifting, prolonged standing, and repetitive motions, must be identified and minimized. Adequate procedures must be established to record on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Such procedures should encourage workers to report injuries or illnesses, provide for investigation into such matters, and implement corrective measures.
Sanitary conditions in canteens, toilet facilities, and dormitories: Workers must be provided with ready access to clean potable water and toilet facilities. Dormitories, if provided, must be clean, safe, and have adequate safety and evacuation facilities.
Commitment must be made to reducing the environmental impact of production, manufacturing, and waste emissions.
Management of hazardous substances, and emissions of wastewater and solid waste: All relevant laws and regulations regarding the prohibition, restriction, or handling of hazardous substances must be adhered to. Proper recycling and disposal of hazardous materials in accordance with applicable laws are required. Wastewater and solid waste from production processes and sanitation facilities must be monitored, treated, and disposed in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
Air emissions: Emissions from production processes of organic chemicals, aerosols, corrosives, particulates, ozone-depleting chemicals, and combustion by-products must be minimized, monitored, and treated in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
Pollution prevention: Waste in all its forms – energy, hazardous materials, air emissions, wastewater, and solid waste – should be minimized by implementing appropriate controls and conservation measures, and by recycling wherever possible.
Environmental permits: All permits, licenses, and registrations required by relevant authorities, laws and regulations shall be obtained and maintained.
Management must ensure that business activities are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations of relevant countries, as well as international standards.
No corruption: Acts of corruption, extortion, and embezzlement are strictly prohibited. Bribery may not be offered or received. Fair and sound business standards and dealings must be maintained in activities related to sales, marketing and advertising, and competition. In addition to the laws and regulations of relevant countries, international standards and conventions relating to anti-corruption must be adhered to.
Disclosure of information: Business activities, including performance, ownership structure, and financial situation, must be accurately and fairly recorded and disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
Whistleblower protection: Adequate procedures to ensure the protection and confidentiality of whistleblowers must be maintained. Retaliation against whistleblowers who act in good faith must be prohibited.
Protection of intellectual property: Intellectual property rights must be respected, and the appropriate laws and regulations must be adhered to.
Management must have a system in place designed to ensure compliance with the statements and principles set forth herein.
Company statement: The code of corporate social responsibility must be posted in such a way as to be accessible to all workers.
Legal and customer requirements: Requirements mandated by applicable laws and regulations, as well as specific customer requirements, must be identified, understood, and clearly communicated to workers and suppliers.
Audits and assessments: There must be regular audits and assessments to ensure that practices are in keeping with this Code. Efforts to improve upon the Code and specific practices should also be made on a regular basis. These audits and assessments should be documented and recorded in a reasonable manner.