Audio Partnership in the environment

Ethics and the environment
Outsourced components and manufacturing are key to our success and Audio Partnership is committed to the workforces of its suppliers and the environment in which they operate.

As we expand our sourcing base, we only choose to work with business partners whose values are compatible with our own.

Ethical policy
Our concerns include the practices of our individual business partners, as well as the social and political issues in any country where manufacture our products or source components. We have defined business partners as vendors, manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors and other suppliers who provide labour and/or materials utilised in the manufacturing of products that bear any of our brands.

Environmental requirements
Audio Partnership only engages with partners who share our commitment to protect and preserve the environment. This specifically includes compliance with local government laws and international standards as well as the U.S. and E.U. regulations prohibiting the use of ozone depleting chemicals (hydro chlorofluorocarbons). In addition, any modifications to these laws, rules, regulations and standards must be adhered to.

RoHS
The RoHS directive came into effect on 1 July 2006 and stands for "the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment." This means that in the EU market there is a ban on new electrical components containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

Audio Partnership has always taken a proactive approach to environmental and health issues and all new products adhere to these new measures. Our systems and processes have been adjusted accordingly and stringent systems put into effect to ensure all products fully comply with this new legislation. Source: www.rohs.gov.uk

WEEE
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to minimise the effects of electrical and electronic products on the environment by encouraging the recycling and re-use of components and reducing the amount that is sent landfill sites. Manufacturers are responsible for funding collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. Distributors are also encouraged to allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

Whilst we endeavour to ensure our customers have many years of fault-free Audio Partnership product ownership we have a corporate responsibility to encourage our consumers to recycle old products so as to reduce damage to the environment. To this end, all our products now carry the 'Wheelie Bin' logo to raise consumer awareness.

See www.dti.gov.uk/innovation/sustainability/weee/page30269.html

Ethical standards
We only work with business partners who share our commitment to the human rights of the individuals employed across the production process.

Health & safety
Providing workers with a safe and healthy work environment is something Audio Partnership considers to be a basic human right. That's why we'll only work with business partners who provide safe and healthy facilities as well as residential accommodation where applicable.

Legal requirements
Audio Partnership expects its business partners to be law abiding as individuals and as businesses to comply with all legal requirements relevant to the conduct of their business.

Employment practices
Audio Partnership will only do business with partners whose workers are treated fairly are present voluntarily, fairly compensated, allowed the right of free association and not exploited in any way.

In addition, every one of our business partners must adhere to the following:

Wages and benefits
Audio Partnership's business partners must provide wages and benefits to their colleagues that comply with all applicable laws and match prevailing local industry practices. We also favour businesses that share our commitment to contribute to the betterment of the community.

Child labour
Audio Partnership's business partners undertake never to employ child labour (i.e. a person under the age of 16 years). Furthermore, our business partners will not knowingly utilise partners or raw materials suppliers themselves who use or permit the use of child labour in any of their facilities. We actively support the development of legitimate workplace apprenticeship and training programs for the educational benefit of younger people as long as the individual is never exploited or put at risk with regard to health and safety.

Prison / forced labour
Audio Partnership will never knowingly utilise business partners who use, or permit the use of prison labour in the manufacture of products ordered by or through us. Furthermore, our business partners will not knowingly utilise partners or raw material suppliers themselves who use or permit the use of forced labour in any of their facilities. "Forced Labour" is defined as work or service that is extracted from any person under the threat of penalty for his/her non-compliance and for which the worker does not offer him/herself voluntarily.

Discrimination
Whilst we recognise and respect cultural differences, we strongly believe that workers must be employed on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on a basis of gender, racial characteristics or cultural or religious beliefs.

Documentation and inspection
Audio Partnership retains the right to constantly monitor compliance of these terms and conditions and may conduct on-site inspection of facilities without notice. We will review and may terminate our relationship with any partner found to be in violation.