Corporate Responsibility

Social and environmental responsibility are two of the key pillars of our business. Compliance with the highest quality standards forms the basis of every business decision we take.

As a company, we are conscious of our responsibility towards all stakeholders which include society, suppliers, customers and staff. We are aware that our business activities can have social and environmental consequences for which we are responsible. We therefore make every endeavour to constantly improve the living conditions of all those involved along the entire value chain.

The continuous global expansion of Starlet has resulted in significantly increased interest in our company and products, and in particular in the issue of where and under what conditions our products are produced and the environmental impact of the production processes.

We currently work together with reputed suppliers worldwide who provide the raw materials to us for manufacturing. The different cultural and statutory conditions of the producing/ importing countries must therefore be taken into account when assessing the social and environmental standards.

However, as well as the socio-cultural differences, there are also many universal standards which have to apply to all our manufacturing locations. These are explained below:

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
It is important to us that work in our manufacturing locations is carried out in a sustainable and socially acceptable way. All of our manufacturing locations must adhere to the following values and principles, based on the BSCI code of behaviour:

FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

The right of all employees to found and belong to a trade union and collective bargaining shall be adhered. If these rights are limited, alternative options will be found for the employees. It is ensured that employee representatives have access to the workplaces of their members.

ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY

There is an anti-bribery and anticorruption policy for each manufacturing location.

NO DISCRIMINATION

Discrimination against staff due to their gender, religion, nationality or any other personal characteristic, in either employment, promotion or payment is not permitted.

NO FORCED LABOUR

No slave labour or other form of forced labour may be used in our manufacturing locations at any time. The use of physical punishment is forbidden.

NO CHILD LABOUR

Our business partners are strictly forbidden from using child labour. Any exploitation of children is therefore forbidden. The rights of young employees must also be protected.

SAFETY AT WORK

Clear rules for ensuring health and safety in the workplace apply in the manufacturing locations. These include fire drills and protection from chemical substances.

FAIR WAGES

The manufacturing locations will provide fair payment which guarantees the workers a secure livelihood. This is usually regulated by a statutory minimum wage; otherwise, industry standards shall apply.

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WORKING HOURS

Compliance with legal and contractual working hours is a key aspect of our corporate responsibility. Monitoring is carried out by internal auditors and international audit companies.