beans and farmers

We make sure that all of our beans are always served to you in a responsible way.

Our suppliers have committed and work to follow the listed guidelines below, which are based on various International laws among United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO conventions

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1. Employment shall be freely chosen — no forced labour

The supplier shall not be engaged in or supporting the use of forced labour. Workers shall not be required to deposit money or property or their identity papers with their employer and shall be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice. 

2. The right to organize and to bargain collectively

Workers shall have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively. If these rights are limited by law the employer shall facilitate and under no circumstances hinder parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining. Workers’ representatives must not be discriminated against and shall have access to carry out their representative functions. 

3. Child labour

Business will be avoided with any company engaged in the use of child labour (as defined in the next paragraph) for production of any product of whatever nature. According to the UN Convention of The Rights of Children and ILO Conventions 138 and 182, children under the age of 18 shall not be employed in work that may put their health or safety in danger, including night work. Children under 15 years shall not be employed in work that may harm their health and/or education. New recruitment of child labour that does not conform to the above conventions will not be accepted. If such child labour is already taking place, work for immediate phasing-out should be initiated. 

4. No discrimination

There shall be no discrimination based on ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation. The company shall hire personnel based on their working capabilities and skills. 

5. No harsh or inhumane treatment

Physical abuse and the threat of physical abuse shall be prohibited. The same applies to sexual or other harassment as well as other forms of intimidation. 

6. Safe and hygienic working conditions

The supplier shall ensure that its workers are offered appropriate sanitary facilities and that they are ensured a safe and healthy working environment, including but not limited to protection from accidents. 

7. Living wage

The supplier shall comply with either legal minimum or industry standards concerning wages and benefits. In any event, the supplier shall always provide a “living wage”. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure shall not be permitted. 

8. Working hours

Working hours shall be in accordance with national legislation or industrial standards and shall not exceed the working hours laid down in current international conventions (ILO Conventions No. 1. It is recommended that workings hours do not exceed 48 hours per week (8 hours per day). Employees shall have at least one day free per week. 

9. Environment

The supplier must strive to minimise the adverse environmental impacts of its activities, products and services thorough responsible management of its environmental aspects (including but not limited to): 1. Use of scarce natural resources, energy and water. 2.Emissions to air and releases to water. 3.Potential soil contamination. 4.Handling of hazardous substances and wastes 

The supplier shall maintain awareness of environmental legislative requirements and ensure legal compliance. 

10. Anti-corruption

Suppliers shall not, directly or indirectly, participate in or permit any forms of corruption or bribery. 

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Our suppliers have committed to report level of compliance of the above mentioned guidelines upon request.

If we do not see our suppliers deliver on an acceptable level, we will see if implementation is realistic within an acceptable timeframe. If not action will be taken.

Barkas Coffee