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Human Rights Policy

Human Rights Policy

Wilderness Ltd trading as Wilderness Agency
Registered in England & Wales number 9041900

POSTED: 26.04.21

We are committed to respecting human rights in all aspects of our operations. We believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that human rights are understood and observed in the areas that we work, including those of suppliers and those who are based outside our main country of operation.

We support the principles set out in the following international standards:

  • UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • The International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Conventions
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Scope

This policy applies to all personnel of Wilderness Agency, including all directors,
officers, employees (whether employed on a temporary, fixed term, permanent or part-time basis), workers and contractors. It is expected that our suppliers and clients comply with the law as a minimum and should do their utmost to comply with the principles of this policy.

Enforcement

This policy is intended to protect Wilderness, our members, personnel and business partners; please read it carefully. Given its importance, any breach of this policy may result in an investigation under Wilderness’ Discipline and Grievance policy (if applicable) and may result in disciplinary or (if you are not an employee) other enforcement action being taken against you. Employees should consult the Disciplinary policy (available in the Employee Handbook) for more information.

Policy

We strive to respect and promote human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Our aim is to help increase the enjoyment of human rights within the communities in which we operate.
At Wilderness, it is every employee’s responsibility to maintain a work environment that reflects respect for human rights and is free from all discrimination and harassment.
If any employee believes that someone, either a Wilderness, or one of our suppliers or a contractor is violating this Human Rights Policy and/or the law, they are asked to report it immediately to their manager, the Operations team or through the Whistle-blower process.

We expect our suppliers and contractors to also have in place processes to enable their own staff to report any concerns.

We have identified the following main areas of responsibility:

Equality and Diversity: Our commitment is to provide a safe and inclusive working environment where all people are treated fairly and with respect. We have a specific policy which sets out our commitment and the responsibilities of management and staff.
We require our suppliers and contractors to comply with any local legislation which applies to equality and diversity as well as adhering to our behaviours and values, supporting us in the delivery of our commitment.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: We respect the right of our employees to join or not to join a trade union and as such they are free to join an organisation of their choice to represent them in line with local legislation. We require our suppliers and contractors to respect their employees’ right to freedom of association. If operating in the UK or anywhere else where local rights to collective bargaining exist we require suppliers and contractors to allow this.

Labour rights: We provide fair working conditions for our employees including terms and conditions of employment, remuneration, working hours, resting time, holiday entitlements, maternity/paternity leave and benefits; we comply with all applicable legislation. We have specific policies which set out our commitment and the responsibilities of management and staff. We require our suppliers and contractors to comply with all applicable local legislation as well as adhering to our behaviours and values, supporting us in the delivery of our commitment.

Wages: Wilderness is committed to ensuring that their direct employees are not paid lower than required by law. We require our suppliers to comply with all applicable legislation or, if there is no applicable local law in the country in which they operate, ensure that their pay will not be less than the level paid generally within that industry.

Forced Labour (Slavery): Wilderness has a policy of zero-tolerance towards acts of modern slavery which are unlawful and are a violation of fundamental human rights. We require our suppliers and contractors to comply with all applicable local legislation as well as adhering to our behaviours and values, supporting us in the delivery of our commitment.

Safe and Healthy Workplace: We are committed to delivering high standards of health and safety management and aim to continually improve our performance, always seeking to reduce risk. We believe in always doing the right thing and in doing it safely, without unnecessary risk to people’s health and will comply with all relevant legislation. We require our suppliers and contractors to comply with all applicable legislation as well as adhering to our behaviours and values, supporting us in the delivery of our commitment.

Child Labour: Wilderness complies with all relevant legislation regarding this; we will not employ young persons under the age of 18 in a hazardous role or at night. We do not
tolerate the use of child labour and require that our suppliers do not to use children in their operations (including in their value chain).

UNDRIP: We fully support and commit to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Control

This policy will be monitored through regular auditing and/or workplace inspections as appropriate. Supplier on-boarding assessments will ensure human rights are adequately respected and their ongoing audit and/or review (as appropriate) will ensure continued compliance with this policy.

The effectiveness of this policy will be measured through supplier data as well as any relevant reports made to Wilderness via the whistle-blower process.

Review

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and may be amended at any time.

Wilderness will review this policy on a scheduled basis and may, at any time, withdraw this policy or publish replacement or revised versions of this policy to reflect developments in the business, or changes to legislation or procedures.

Printed copies of this document are uncontrolled copies of a controlled document. The current version of the policy can be found on our website.

The Operations Team is responsible for reviewing and maintaining this policy, and ensuring it remains current.

All operations and departments within the Company are responsible for implementing the policy.

Definitions

Supplier – This term refers to any business or company employed by Wilderness to deliver a service, carry out work within the Wilderness’ undertaking, provide products / goods / materials to Wilderness.

Legislation – Acts, Regulations and Orders for the jurisdiction/country in which Wilderness or supplier is operating from.

Customer – This term refers to anyone who has a transactional relationship with the Wilderness for a service provision.

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