Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud, or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation, or both. Ethical Principles, which declare a "zero tolerance" policy for working with any entity which benefits in any way from human trafficking. This includes our clients, vendors and business partners. Our effort to engage more companies in support of the principles has resulted in more than 12,000 organizations signing up directly, or through the commitment of their industry federation. The business of helping to give every willing person access to, and the benefit of, decent work. The illegal and immoral trafficking of human beings takes away what we believe to be a basic human right—to have access to meaningful work which is rewarded in a fair manner.
Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics promotes honest and ethical conduct throughout the organization, as well as provides a mechanism to report unethical conduct via the Ethics Hotline to help preserve the culture of honesty and accountability throughout the company.
In recent years, we have worked to implement formalised principles and forge partnerships that integrate social responsibility more tightly into our business and our operations. For example, we have created and implemented the Maersk Global Labour Principles – a code of labour standards that applies to all our employees, wherever they work in the world.
Pliancy is committed to the highest standards of health and safety. In adopting these standards, we seek to create a workplace and work system that enable all employees to feel safe and secure. Pliancy endeavors to take appropriate measures to provide a safe working environment for all staff personnel, temporary associates, contractors and consultants. We focus on compliance with health and safety legislation within our own business operations and also apply this same standard as a matter of priority when reviewing whether to place associates, contractors and consultants in a client's work environment. Pliancy's Employee Health and Safety Council (EHS Council) was formed in 2008 to establish and encourage improved safety at the company's global, regional and country levels. The council's role has been redefined as part of our 2011 Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EMS). Council objectives include sharing and developing best practices and analysis. The council considers issues such as the following: inventory of safety programs, EHS statistics and recommended improvements to reduce the number and severity of work-related injuries and illness. Results are to be reported to management and the board each year as part of the EMS and CSR overview. The work of the council is expected to contribute to overall company objectives, including employee and associate well-being, risk mitigation, cost efficiencies and improved brand experience and reputation. We have put processes in place and strive to adequately assess and control the health and safety risks arising from the company's work activities. Adequate resources are made available to provide information, instruction, training and, where necessary, supervision, for all colleagues on an ongoing basis.