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13 September 2013 | Marino Donati
Brown-Forman, the US drinks company which owns Jack Daniel’s and Southern Comfort, has developed guidelines for suppliers as part of its human rights policy.
The firm sets out benchmarks regarding health and safety, labour standards, wages, working hours and discrimination.
It says all suppliers must comply with workplace safety laws, and all employment should be under voluntary conditions. Suppliers must not allow exploitative child labour.
Pay should be in line with the industry norm, and overtime should be reasonable and take into account workers’ health and safety.
Workers must not be discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, age or religion, and should be allowed to join a trade union. Suppliers must make sure employees are safe from physical, sexual or psychological abuse.
Where there is no law or regulation governing a particular activity or operation, Brown-Forman said business partners must conduct operations consistent with the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.