SIRENA’S commitment to sustainability
As a provider of quality Fine Foods, Sirena has a role in enriching people’s lives.
We also understand that we have a significant role to play in managing our business carefully and responsibly, which is why we have adopted a set of core Values and Business Principles to govern our activities and interactions with all our stakeholders across the world, including our suppliers.
Our Business Principles declare a commitment “to promote the application of Business Principles by our business partners and suppliers”.
The following Code of Ethical Sourcing is designed to promote safe and fair working conditions, and the responsible management of environmental and social issues in Sirena’s supply chain.
The Code has been developed in consultation with employees and using the guidelines of the Modern Slavery Act 2018. It sets out the standards to be achieved by Sirena and our suppliers.
The principle of continuous improvement applies to all aspects of the Code.
Sirena work collaboratively with our suppliers on the implementation of the Code, which includes joint audits and site visits to assess performance.
Sirena will ensure suppliers implement our Code across their business and within their supply chains.
Our Code Of Ethical Sourcing
1. Child Labour
- The term “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that:
- is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and/or
- interferes with their schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.
- Product suppliers shall not employ any children under the age of 18.
- These policies shall conform to the provisions of the relevant ILO Standard (International Labor Organization)
2. Forced Labour
- Forced, bonded or compulsory labour is not used, and employees are free to leave their employment after reasonable notice. Employees are not required to lodge deposits of money or identity papers with their employer.
3. Health & Safety
- A healthy and safe working environment is provided for employees, in accordance with international standards and national laws. This includes access to clean toilet facilities, drinkable water and, if applicable, sanitary facilities for food storage.
- Where an employer provides accommodation, it shall be clean, safe and meet the basic needs of employees.
- Appropriate health and safety information and training is provided to employees.
- Company observing the code shall assign responsibility for health and safety to a senior management representative.
4. Freedom of Association
- As far as any relevant laws allow, all employees are free to join or not to join trade unions or similar external representative organisations.
- 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.
6. Disciplinary Practices
- Employees are treated with respect and dignity. Physical, verbal, sexual abuse or other harassment and any threats or other forms of intimidation are prohibited.
7. Working Hours
- Working hours of employees comply with national laws, collective agreements and are not excessive.
- Employees understand their employment conditions and fair and reasonable pay and terms are provided.
- Wages and benefits must meet minimum national legal standard or industrial benchmark standards, whichever is higher.
9. Individual Conduct
- No form of bribery, including improper offers for payments to or from employees, or organisations, is tolerated.
- Processes are in place to actively improve the efficiency with which finite resources (such as energy, water, raw materials) are used.
- Appropriate management, operational and technical controls are in place to minimise the release of harmful emissions to the environment.
- Appropriate measures are in place to improve the environmental performance of products.
- Innovative developments in products and services that offer environmental and social benefits are supported.
- Only source products from suppliers with full traceability record for raw materials they supply.
- Source products that are not GE modified and can be certified as free of banned pesticides and herbicides.
- Supplier will not buy fish from IUU (Illegal unreported and unregulated fishing) black list.
- Working towards buying 100% fish from PVR (proactive vessel register)
- Supplier will only buy fish from RFMOs (Regional fisheries management organisation) areas.
- Suppliers will only buy fish from fishing companies operate in their own EEZs (Exclusive economic zone).
- Suppliers will not buy ingredients such as fish from fisheries using indiscriminate fishing practices.
- Suppliers will have sustainable ethics. Efforts to develop best practices and facilitate research to mitigate the impact of capturing non-target marine life.
- The amount of packaging will be minimised without compromising the quality of the product to the consumer and where possible recycled and recyclable materials will be used.
Implementation Of The Code
- Sirena will communicate and promote its Code of Ethical Sourcing internally and externally to relevant stakeholders and form part of all requests for products supply made by the group.
- Suppliers are expected to promote the Code to their suppliers and subcontractors.
- Suppliers applying this code are expected to comply with all relevant laws, regulations and standards in all the countries in which they operate.
- We ensure that SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is conducted regularly at our product suppliers.
- The Code is applied for the purposes of promoting safe and fair working conditions and the responsible management of environmental and social issues in Sirena’s supply chain.
- Suppliers will be asked to conform to this code through SMETA audit report annually.
- Suppliers will be asked to provide Sirena with reasonable access to all relevant information and premises for the purposes of assessing performance against the Code and use reasonable endeavours to ensure that sub-contractors do the same.
- Suppliers are expected to identify and correct any activities that fall below the standard of the Code.
- Suppliers shall immediately report to Sirena any breaches of the Code, together with an agreed schedule for corrective action.
- Where serious breaches of the Code persist, Sirena will consider termination of the business relationship with the supplier concerned.