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Human Rights Standard

For all employees, contractors and Laurentide Controls’ suppliers and other business partners.

At Laurentide Controls Ltd. (“Laurentide”), this Human Rights Standard (the “Standard”) is designed to establish standards related to human rights and labour for all Laurentide employees and contractors and each of Laurentide’s suppliers and other business partners (the “Business Partners”). This Standard is informed by, among other things, the International Bill of Human Rights, the Canadian Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains.

Laurentide requires our Business Partners to use best efforts to extend the principles embodied in this Standard to their suppliers and agents that are engaged in the production, supply and support of products or services for Laurentide. Operating our worldwide business in accordance with these standards is imperative to ensuring that Laurentide represents the highest ideals of ethics and integrity.

Laurentide’s Board of Directors maintains general oversight for the matters contemplated by this Standard. To ensure that we are listening to, learning from and taking into account all the various stakeholder views as we operate our business and administer this Standard, we are committed to continued engagement with all of our stakeholders.

When applicable, Laurentide employees will receive training on requirements and principles within this Standard as part of their training on Laurentide’s Code of Ethics & Conduct. Additionally, our Business Partners are expected to provide training, aligned with the requirements and principles of this Standard, to their employees as appropriate.

As part of our commitment to human rights, we expect our employees, contractors and Business Partners to adhere to these principles:

1. Dignity and Respect
At Laurentide, there is no place for any form of discrimination, harassment and/or violence.  Such behaviour is contrary to the values and ideals of our shared community, subverts the organization’s purpose and core values and diminishes the dignity and integrity of all parties.

2. Health and Safety
The health and safety of each of our employees, our customers and all persons performing work at the direction of, or on behalf of Laurentide Controls (i.e. employees, contractors and Business Partners) is of primary importance.  
In living our value of Health, Safety and the Environment, Laurentide Controls will provide and maintain a work environment that is physically and psychologically safe on all worksites in accordance with industry standards and in compliance with all applicable legislation. Helping Industry Thrive in Eastern Canada is our purpose and ensuring our people’s health and safety while doing so is our primary responsibility. Our philosophy is that our ability to achieve our purpose is dependent on the health and safety of workforce.

3. Forced Labour and Human Trafficking
Laurentide will not tolerate, and we forbid employees, contractors and Business Partners from using any form of forced, bonded or indentured labor, debt or involuntary servitude, any other form of modern slavery, or involuntary prison work in their operations or within their supply chain. Further, compensation practices should comply with applicable wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime compensation and legally mandated benefits.
Our employees, contractors and Business Partners must have the right to freely terminate employment in accordance with applicable laws and regulations without fear of physical, psychological, sexual or verbal abuse.
Recruitment fees may not be charged to workers or potential workers.

4. Child Labour
Laurentide will not tolerate the use of child labour and we forbid our Business Partners to use child labour in our operations or within our supply chain. We require that all Laurentide employees, contractors and workers of our Business Partners be of the appropriate age as defined by applicable local and national laws.

Laurentide employees, contractors and our Business Partners may report any violations of this Standard or other concerns by:

  • Contacting a local supervisor/manager or Human Resources representative; or
  • Using Laurentide’s Ethics Reporting email address, please click here

We encourage employees of Business Partners to work through their own company to resolve internal ethics issues. However, Business Partners should promptly report violations of the principles within this Standard by using Laurentide's Ethics Reporting email as referenced above.  Laurentide will not tolerate any form of reprisal against individuals who report concerns.