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Parity Legal is committed to carrying out procurement activities in a socially, ethically and economically responsible manner and to entering into agreements and contacts with suppliers that share and adhere to its vision. To demonstrate this commitment, current and potential suppliers are asked to acknowledge their compliance with the principles of this statement.

Not use forced, involuntary or underage labour

  • Employees should be free to choose their employment and leave that employment without hold by financial deposit or personal items.
  • Forced, bonded or involuntary prison labour shall not be used.
  • Supply the effective abolition of child labour.
  • Comply with the national minimum age for employment, or minimum age 15, whichever is the higher unless a lower local minimum age is permitted under International Labour.
  • Organisations (ILO) convention 138.
  • Where any child is found to be engaged in or performing child labour, to provide support for that child to enable them to complete, as a minimum, their compulsory education level, as provided for under the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Such support by the supplier should recognise and not prove detrimental to the conditions of the child or those that their work supports.

Provide suitable working conditions and terms

  • At least statutory minimum wages (or if none, a realistic living wage) must be paid without discrimination to all employees and all non-statutory deductions must be with the consent of the employee.
  • Working hours must not be excessive.
  • Any hazardous working, as defined by ILP, should only be carried out by persons aged 18 years or over.
  • Policies and processes must be in place for recording and eliminating occurrence/reoccurrence of health and safety related incidents.

Treat employees fairly

  • Allow employees the freedom of association to join (but not be forced to join) or be represented by a trade union or similar organisation of their choice.
  • Provide a workplace that is free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
  • Treat all employees with respect and dignity, and not accept inequality as justifiable of any characteristics listed above, unless statutory conditions require otherwise.
  • Remunerate all employees equally at the same employment grade, regardless of any characteristics listed above, unless statutory conditions require otherwise.