CODE OF ETHICS
RAKAR represents a diverse community of makers; our products connect people to essential services worldwide.
We work in an environment of proactive collaboration, challenging the status quo by retooling our roles so that routine does not become a norm in our interactions.
Routine is the end of innovation.
To challenge the status quo means to act in good faith in every detail by creating a company that engages in meaningful and compelling interactions with our peers, clients, and suppliers, orchestrating a community of focused talent and resources.
Trust is our oxygen.
Trust means acting in good faith, acknowledging and learning from each other's perspectives, allowing the process to guide the project in a resourceful manner.
Being resourceful leads to the creation of excellence.
Excellence means respecting the human rights of all people and making the world more extraordinary together. We will choose an ethical and responsible approach in all of our interactions, fostering respect for the rights of all individuals, including wildlife and the environment.
"At critical points in every project, it's not about the availability of resources; it's about working with what you have and allowing the process to show you the way; it's about resourcefulness, not resources."
Theresa Padilla-Chaparro, CEO, Rakar Incorporated
CODE OF ETHICS
Our Code is based on internationally accepted labor standards and guidance, including the International Labour Organization's (ILO) core conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
We request that all vendors, suppliers, and clients share these commitments. At a minimum, we require that all vendors, suppliers, and clients work to meet the following criteria:
We will not use child labor.
The term “child” refers to someone younger than 16 or, if higher, the local minimum age for employment or the age for completing compulsory education. Companies employing young persons who do not fall within the definition of “children” will also comply with any laws and regulations applicable to such persons.
We will not use any forced or involuntary labor, whether prison, bonded, indentured, or otherwise, or engage in Human Trafficking.
Coercion and Harassment
Team Members and colleagues will treat each other with dignity and respect. They will not use corporal punishment, threats of violence, or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse. Sexual or any other kind of harassment is not acceptable. We require all Team Members to be trained on harassment and related laws.
We will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices, including salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement, based on race, religion, age, nationality, social or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, political opinion, or disability.
Health and Safety
We will provide employees with a safe and healthy workplace in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, ensuring, at a minimum, reasonable access to potable water and sanitary facilities, fire safety, and adequate lighting and ventilation. We will provide reasonable pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing arrangements for women. We provide reasonable safety precautions to protect pregnant women.
We recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. At a minimum, we will comply with all applicable wage and hour laws and regulations, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime, maximum hours, piece rates, and other compensation elements, and provide legally mandated benefits. We will provide equal pay and benefits for equal work.
Hours of Work
Except in extraordinary business circumstances, we will not require employees to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by local law or, where local law does not limit the hours of work, the regular work week plus 12 hours overtime. In addition, except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees will be entitled to at least one day off every seven days. We will compensate employees for overtime hours at such a premium rate as is legally required.
Protection of the Environment
We will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.
We will comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including those about product manufacture, pricing, sale, and distribution. All references to “applicable laws and regulations” in this Code of Conduct include local and national codes, rules, regulations, applicable treaties, and voluntary industry standards. If enforcement of local or national laws is suspended, we still expect Manufacturers to comply with the laws.
We will not subcontract production for products or components that contain trademarks, copyrights, designs, or patents without the express written consent of the owner of such trademarks, copyrights, designs, or patents, and only after the subcontractor has entered into a written commitment with Rakar to comply with this Code of Conduct.
Monitoring and compliance
We will regularly monitor activities to confirm compliance with established certifications, guidelines, and quality clauses by reviewing records relating to employment matters and private employee interviews. We will maintain all documentation on-site to demonstrate compliance.
We will take appropriate steps to ensure that the provisions of this Code of Conduct are communicated to employees, including the prominent posting of a copy of this Code of Conduct in the local language and a place readily accessible to employees at all times.
Bribes, kickbacks, or similar unlawful or improper cash or kind payments are strictly prohibited, whether given to obtain or retain business or for any other purpose.
HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY - OUR COMMITMENT
Rakar, Incorporated, its affiliates, and its subsidiaries (collectively “RAKAR,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) are committed to respecting and promoting internationally recognized human rights principles throughout our global enterprise. As such, we have a long-standing commitment to ethical and responsible conduct in all our operations, to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve, and to respect the human rights of all people. This policy is aligned with our values and our aspiration to make the world more extraordinary together as part of the RAKAR Cares Initiative.
We are committed to the principles outlined in the UN Guiding Principles (UNGP) on Business and Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Through proactive due diligence aligned with the UNGP on Business and Human Rights, we seek to avoid adverse human rights impacts and complicity in the adverse impacts caused by others. We are committed to effective remedies if we cause or contribute to an adverse impact. This commitment extends to collaborating with others to find solutions and not obstructing access to other remedies that reduce human rights impacts. Our ongoing work is to embed human rights considerations in all relevant business decisions. This commitment applies globally to our operations, products, and business relationships, including our supply chain. In addition, we will continue to look for ways to promote and advance human rights within our sphere of influence.
OUR AREAS OF IMPACT
Our employees deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and we share that responsibility individually and collectively. We implement this policy and demonstrate our commitment through the Rakar Cares Code of Conduct and Ethics and our Equal Employment Opportunity Statement. Employees must comply with the RAKAR Code of Conduct and Ethics.
RAKAR requires employees and management directly responsible for Supplier Compliance to take regular training. The training topics are focused on issues and concerns about the supply chain, including human trafficking and slavery, with a focus on mitigating risks.
Our Supply Chain Partners
We are responsible for respecting the human rights of people we collaborate with. Our commitment applies to our workforce and the businesses we contract with worldwide in our supply chain. We strive to ensure that human rights are upheld for all workers in our supply chain and that those individuals experience safe, fair, and non-discriminatory working conditions. We do not tolerate any human rights abuses, including but not limited to human trafficking, child labor, and forced labor. We expect that our business partners will share this commitment.
Through signed Manufacturing Agreements, our Conflict Minerals Policy, and our Quality Clauses, all based on international human rights and labor standards, we outline the guiding principles and set workplace conduct standards for our vendors, and clients. Areas of focus include the following topics: Child Labor, Involuntary Labor, Coercion and Harassment, Nondiscrimination, Association, Health and Safety, Compensation, Hours of Work, Protection of the Environment, and other applicable areas of concern. Suppliers and employees who feel ethical standards in business are encouraged to speak up and work towards a successful resolution.
RAKAR seeks to respect the human rights of our customers in all countries where we do business. Our main focus areas include respecting the privacy of our customers by implementing technical and administrative safeguards concerning the storing of any personal data, and supporting a non-discriminatory experience for our customers.
While human rights is a responsibility of all of us at RAKAR, executive oversight and accountability for implementing this policy rests with our Chief Operating Officer. A committee of our Board of Directors oversees this policy at the board level. The committee reviews and evaluates company programs, policies, and practices relating to social and environmental issues and impacts to support the sustainable growth of our business.
As a company with global clients, we are committed to protecting and respecting the human rights of our employees, supply chain partners, and customers. This commitment is reflected in our policies and procedures. Through proactive due diligence, we seek to avoid adverse human rights impacts, and when identified, we work swiftly to remedy any issues. To integrate human rights considerations into the management of our business, human rights due diligence is part of our risk assessment for new production and sales locations. For existing production and sales locations, we will evaluate human rights-related risks and conduct human rights impact assessments on high-risk markets. Risk and impact assessments identify actual and potential human rights impacts from our business activities, which are then managed by the business.