Sudbury Silk Mills Sustainability Brochure double page - Flipbook - Page 17
We have needed to navigate our way through this time of disruption and uncertainty with
drive and determination. We have stayed focused on our core business and continued to
Sudbury Silk Mills observes the ILO declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work which
upholds basic values in four areas:
meet the needs of our customers while ensuring the safety of our staff as our priority.
1. Forced labour
Throughout the crisis we have sought to recognise their wide variety of needs and support
their wellbeing in a range of different circumstances. Ultimately ensuring that when
members of staff returning to work, they can do so safely, protecting themselves and their
colleagues. Often this has meant a significant change to ways of working while on site and at
working from home.
We are extremely proud of our employees who used their creative skills to produce
We will not tolerate forced labour, bonded labour or labour which involves physical or
mental abuse, including actual or threatened physical punishment, verbal or sexual
harassment, or domination or restraining of workers by force, authority or threats. Workers
must not be required to lodge ‘deposits’ or their identity papers with their employer, and
they must be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.
2. Child labour
protective face masks and supply scrubs to local hospitals during the pandemic. We were
Exploitation of child labour is unacceptable under any circumstances. No person under the
also delighted to be able to donate our fabrics for people who wanted to create their own
minimum legal working age applicable to their country may be employed by Sudbury Silk
non-medical face masks. In additions, many of our staff members made medical scrubs,
gowns and face coverings for staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, residential
care homes and other independent schemes.
3. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own
choosing and to bargain collectively. Sudbury Silk Mills adopts a non-discriminatory attitude
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towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities. Workers’
representatives must not be discriminated against and must have access to carry out their
representative functions in the workplace. Where the right to freedom of association and
We are committed to protecting the human rights of all employees. Our position on human
collective bargaining is restricted under law, the supplier will facilitate and not hinder the
rights reflects the core requirements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as
development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.
freedom from torture, unjustified imprisonment, unfair trial and other oppression. Other
central tenets are freedom of expression, religion and political or other representation. We
Sudbury Silk Mills does not discriminate in hiring, compensating, access to training,
recognise that many human rights abuses are systemic in their host communities. We are
promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, colour, religion,
therefore committed to working with other organisations that can help us implement this
age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.
Sudbury Silk Mills supports the protection of international human rights within the sphere of
our influence and will not be complicit in human rights abuses.