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Paddington Ethical Purchasing Policy
Paddington’s policy is to seek to purchase goods and services which:
a) are produced and delivered under conditions that do not involve the abuse or exploitation of any persons
b) have the least negative impact on the environment
Such considerations will form part of the evaluation and selection criteria for all goods and services purchased by Paddington.
The purpose of the policy is to
a) promote good labour and environmental standards in the supply chains of goods and services to NGOs. (Private or non-profit organizations that are not affiliated with a governmental body or institution)
b) protect Paddington’s reputation.
Code of Conduct for Suppliers
Paddington are committed to continuous improvement towards compliance with a range of labour and environmental standards, and expect our suppliers to do the same.
Labour standards
Based on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Paddington expect its suppliers to ensure that:
Employment is freely chosen and employees can leave after reasonable notice.
Employees have the right to join or form trade unions and we respect the right to bargain collectively.
Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
Child labour is not used.
Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmarks, whichever is higher.
Working hours comply with national laws and benchmark industry standards, whichever affords greater protection, and overtime will be voluntary.
There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

All employees have a recognised regular employment relationship as established through national law and practice.
Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation is prohibited.
Labour standards
Responsible waste management with regard to recycling, environmental pollution and the control of hazardous materials.
Reducing our use of packaging and paper, and use recycled materials whenever possible.
Monitoring and modifying our processes and activities that may have a negative impact on the conservation of scarce resources.
Ensuring that all production and delivery processes maximise efficient energy use and minimise harmful emissions.
Business behaviour
Paddington will not work with any supplier engaged in the manufacture or sale of arms.
Operating principles
The implementation of the Code of Conduct for Suppliers will be a shared responsibility between Paddington and Paddington suppliers, informed by a number of operating principles, which will be reviewed from time to time.

A full copy of our policy is available to download.