1.1 BroadGrain Commodities Inc., and its affiliated companies, BroadGrain Holdings Inc., BroadGrain Holdings Inc., BroadGrain Argentina S.A., BroadGrain Africa Ltd., BG Commodities DMCC, Bogu (Tianjin) International Trading Ltd., Everdere Logistics (Barbados) Ltd., and BroadGrain’s participation in its joint venture La Societe d’Importation et de Fabrication des Aliments de Bétails SPA (collectively, “BroadGrain”) is committed to treating people with dignity and respect in the workplace and in the communities where we do business.
1.2 We take guidance from the International Labour Organisation Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. This Commitment contains overarching principles that affect our operations.
1.3 It is the duty of governments to protect and fulfill human rights. As a private company, we are committed to respecting human rights, starting with areas where we have the most control and influence, and where we can have the greatest impact. All our employees have a role to play in respecting human rights.
1.4 No matter where we operate, BroadGrain strives to comply with the spirit and the letter of the law. Where local laws are less stringent than our Commitment, we will seek to operate in accordance with this Commitment.
2. Promotion of workplace that is safe, equitable and free from discrimination and harassment
2.1 Our Respect in the Workplace Policy, available locally in each BroadGrain company, serves as the foundation for the behaviors expected from all our employees. Every employee of each BroadGrain company receives a copy of this policy.
2.2 In this Commitment, we extend on this foundation with the following:
2.2.1 Health & Safety: We are committed to conducting all our business activities in a manner that protects the health and safety of our people.
2.2.2 Equitable: We apply equitable hiring practices and meet or exceed all applicable laws regarding working conditions. We respect the freedom of association and employees’ right to choose to form or voluntarily join trade unions and collectively bargain. Migrant or temporary foreign workers are accorded treatment and protection equal to other workers. BroadGrain does not use or tolerate the use of human trafficking, forced labor or child labor. In particular:
- the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for work or services through force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude or slavery;
- any work or service not of free will, exacted under threat of penalty, including practices such as restricting movement or imprisonment, withholding wages or identity documents to force a worker to stay on the job, or entangling workers in fraudulent debt; and
- any work or service by children exposing them to risks that can harm physical, mental or educational development.
2.2.3 No discrimination or harassment: We foster an inclusive work environment free of harassment and discrimination. We value the full range of perspectives and talents of our diverse employees. This includes, for example, diversity of ethnicity, gender, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and national extraction. We make every reasonable attempt to provide religious accommodation to all employees.
3. Reports and Remedies
3.1 We take all stakeholder concerns seriously and handle them promptly, fairly, and as confidentially as possible. Any concern or report from external parties may be submitted using contact information that is on the company website. Employees can also raise issues with their local manager or human resources representative. BroadGrain will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, raises a concern or participates in an investigation.