Supplier Code of Conduct
Our Supplier Code of Conduct is one element of our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces for the people who make products or provide services for Vancouver Airport Authority. This Code identifies the minimum standards we expect of our suppliers; the Airport Authority’s goal is for suppliers to exceed this minimum by demonstrating sustainability leadership and innovation.
The Vancouver Airport Authority Supplier Code of Conduct sets out the minimum standards for our suppliers and their subcontractors to promote safe and healthy workplaces, basic fair labour practices and environmental responsibility. These minimum workplace performance standards are based on the core labour conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO). We expect all of our suppliers to declare their compliance with the standards in this Code and ensure the standards are being upheld by any of their subcontractors. New suppliers will sign the Code when they enter into a business relationship with the Airport Authority; we will work with existing suppliers to obtain their sign-off, starting with the largest dollar-value contracts and/or most high-risk suppliers. We expect our suppliers to inform us of any challenges they have in meeting the standards within this Code and we will work with and support suppliers who are committed to continuously improving their workplace practices.
Freely Chosen Employment
The Supplier shall employ workers who choose to be employed by the Supplier’s company. All work shall be voluntary and workers shall be free to leave upon reasonable notice.
Age of Employment
Persons under the age of 15 (or 14 where the law of the country of manufacture allows) shall not be employed. Where hazardous working conditions exist, workers must be at least 18 years of age. The use of legitimate workplace apprenticeship programs, which comply with all laws and regulations, is permitted.
Non-discrimination and Diversity
Employment decisions must be made solely on the basis of knowledge, skill, efficiency and ability to do the job and meet its requirements and no person shall be subject to discrimination in hiring and employment practices such as promotions, rewards, and access to training.
Health and Safety
Workers will be provided with a safe and healthy work environment. Conditions in all work and residential facilities shall be safe, clean and consistent with all applicable laws and regulations regarding occupational health and safety. Employees must be made aware of health and safety guidelines in terms of equipment, training, and work practices.
The Supplier’s employees shall be treated with respect and dignity.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
The Supplier shall work directly with employees to find solutions to any outstanding legal and employment issues while at all times respecting worker rights to obtain representation and/or bargain collectively.
Wages and Benefits
Compensation paid to workers shall comply with all applicable wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits.
Hours of Work
The Supplier shall ensure regular working and overtime hours do not exceed the maximum stipulated under local, regional, or national legislation except in emergency circumstances.
Suppliers shall take responsibility to reduce the environmental impact of their products and services as well as their overall operations or ‘in-house’ practices (e.g. energy conservation in their buildings). Suppliers must not be in violation of any national or provincial environmental regulations.
Anti-Corruption Business Practices
The Supplier will not, directly or indirectly, pay, give, offer or promise anything of value to any local or foreign government official (or to any person for the benefit of a government official) for the purpose of corruptly causing the government official to improperly act or use his or her influence in obtaining or retaining any business or securing any improper advantage for the Airport Authority or the Supplier.