This code describes basic requirements set by Bouvet for its suppliers and partners in relation to conducting a responsible and ethical business.
Suppliers to and partners of Bouvet (hereinafter referred to as the supplier) are duty-bound to comply in their own business with the requirements stipulated in this document. The supplier undertakes to apply similar provisions to its subsuppliers. To ensure compliance with the code, Bouvet can require that the supplier
- conducts follow-up conversations with Bouvet and/or
- accounts for where goods are produced and/or
- submits a self-declaration.
Breaches of the code
The supplier must pursue continuous improvement of its business to satisfy the code, and contribute to ensuring that its subsuppliers also comply with its provisions. Bouvet must be informed of possible breaches of the code, and the supplier must in such circumstances be able to submit a plan of work to restore compliance with the code.
A breach of Bouvet’s code represents a breach of all or part of the contractual relationship. Repeated breaches or failure to follow up after Bouvet has called attention to these conditions is to be regarded as a significant breach of contract.
The supplier undertakes that it will have routines for whistleblowing in relation to implementing the contact and that these routines will be accessible and open. Whistleblowing routines must be usable by the supplier’s employees, including contract workers at the supplier/subsupplier.
Whistleblowers must be protected against retaliation.
Compliance with legislation, rules, and conventions
Suppliers to Bouvet must comply with Bouvet’s code of conduct for suppliers, relevant legislation, and internationally recognised conventions.
The supplier must keep itself informed about, and comply with, legislation, statutory regulations, and decisions that apply to its business.
Suppliers must respect human and labour rights as enshrined in international conventions and local legislation in all the countries it operates in.