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In recent years, concerns over poor working conditions and environmental degradation in developing countries and emerging markets have seen companies implement specific social and environmental criteria for the production facilities from which they source products.


In order to address these concerns, Oceanic Brands Pty Ltd has introduced its Ethical Sourcing Policy to ensure it is:

  • delivering clear guidance to its development team

  • assisting suppliers to improve their social and environmental practices

  • sourcing its products in a responsible manner

  • protecting its corporate reputation, the reputation of its individual businesses and their brands


Our Commitment

Oceanic Brands is committed to upholding human rights, fair working conditions and environmental awareness, in accordance with the expectations of our customers, the community, and the requirements of the Law. 




We expect our suppliers to support the local laws and regulations set out in this Policy with regard to labour, workplace safety, environment, fair pay and employment conditions.


Oceanic Brands expects its suppliers to comply with all aspects of this Policy, and will be extending its coverage of audited facilities and compliance monitoring processes to include these standards.


We are committed to working in partnership with its suppliers to help achieve compliance with this Policy. In the event where any supplier is unwilling or unable to demonstrate continuous improvement towards full compliance with our standards, the trading agreement between Oceanic Brands and the supplier will be terminated.

1. Labour Rights

  • Employment is freely chosen

  • There is no forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour

  • Workers are not required to lodge deposits or their identity papers with their employer and are free to leave their employer after reasonable notice

2. Working Conditions

  • A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Adequate steps shall be taken to prevent accidents and injury to health in the working environment

  • Workers shall receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and such training shall be repeated for new or reassigned workers

  • Access to clean toilet facilities and to clean and drinkable water and, if appropriate, sanitary facilities for food storage shall be provided

  • Accommodation, where provided, shall be clean, safe, and meet the basic needs of the workers

  • Suppliers will ensure that personal protective equipment is available and workers are trained in its use. Safeguards on machinery must meet or exceed local laws

  • Suppliers shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative


3. Child Labour

  • Suppliers shall not use child labour

  • Suppliers must be able to verify the age of all employees to ensure no child labour is used.  Child labour is defined where the work is deemed mentally, physically, or morally harmful to children or can negatively affect their mental, physical, or social development


4. Wages and Benefits

  • Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards

  • All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment.

  • Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure or any deductions from wages not provided for by Law shall not occur without the expressed permission of the worker concerned


5. Working Hours

  • Working hours comply in accordance with the local laws

  • Workers shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7 day period

  • Overtime shall be voluntary


6. Discrimination, Harsh or Inhumane Treatment

  • There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, age, disability, gender, marital status or sexual orientation

  • Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation shall be prohibited

7. Entitlement to Work and Immigration

  • Only workers with a legal right to work shall be employed or used by the supplier

  • All workers, including employment agency staff must be validated by the supplier for their legal right to work by reviewing original documentation

8. Sub-Contracting and Home Working

  • There shall be no sub-contracting unless previously agreed with Oceanic Brands Pty Ltd

  • Suppliers must have adequate processes in place for properly managing sub-contracting and home working to ensure sub-contractors do not abuse, exploit or provide unsafe working conditions for their employees


9. Environment Compliance

  • The facility shall comply with national and local environmental laws and regulations

  • The facility shall dispose of its production waste in accordance with local environmental laws and regulations


10. Bribery and Corruption

  • Suppliers shall not engage in acts of bribery and corruption and shall not falsify documents and records


11. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected

  • Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively

  • The employer adopts an open attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities

  • Workers representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace

  • Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under Law, the employer facilitates, and does not hinder, the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining

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