International Business Standards


SPS recognises the principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Social Accountability 8000 (SA 8000) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) relating to labour standards. SPS is committed to adherence to such standards in all of its business operations and promotion of such standards throughout its supply chain.


SPS will comply with such standards in relation to its own workforce including those who are employed or contracted to provide services. SPS will also seek to secure agreement from its suppliers to the relevant standards. So that these are clearly understood and committed to, SPS has developed this code of practice. All suppliers are required to adhere to this code as a condition of the terms and conditions of supply. Breach of any provision of the code is a material breach entitling SPS to terminate on notice effective immediately. SPS will encourage and monitor compliance with international standards through application of the principles set out in SA 8000 and the ETI. Where a supplier is not compliant, SPS will seek to agree corrective actions with them that will achieve compliance.


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The following principles are covered by the ILO labour standards:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • There shall be no use of forced bonded or compulsory labour (ILO Conventions 29 and 105). No worker shall be required to lodge deposits or identity papers with their employer.
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Equality of opportunity and treatment regardless of race colour sex religion political opinion nationality social origin or other distinguishing characteristic shall be provided. (ILO Conventions 100 and 111 and Recommendations 90 and 111).


Child Labour is not used

There shall be no use of child labour. Only workers above the age of 15 years or above the compulsory school leaving age set by local law shall be engaged (ILO Convention 138). If local law is set at 14 years of age in accordance with developing country exceptions then this will apply. Adequate transitional economic assistance and appropriate educational opportunities shall be provided to any replaced child workers.

Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining are respected.

The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and to bargain collectively shall be recognised. (ILO Conventions 87 and 98). Worker’s representatives shall not be the subject of discrimination and shall have access to all workplaces necessary to enable them to carry out their representation functions. (ILO Conventions 135 and Recommendation 143). Employers shall adopt a positive approach towards the activities of trade unions and an open attitude towards their organisational activities.

Living wages are paid

Wages and benefits for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards in the country of manufacture and shall always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income.
Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted nor shall any deduction from wages not provided for by national law without the express permission of the worker concerned. All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about the conditions in respect of wages before they enter employment and of the particulars of their wages