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Code of conduct

GI Code of Conduct supports the ten principles of the UN Global Compact.

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; 

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. 


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; 

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies 


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. 

Working conditions

The supplier must aim that the production of goods covered by commercial agreements is arranged and taken place in a responsible way in terms of health and safety and is compliant with current local laws at the production site. 

Working hours and resting time

The supplier is familiar with and respects the local laws and provisions in terms of working hours, resting time and holidays with regards to the production and distribution of goods covered by the commercial agreements with GI. 

Wage and employment conditions

The supplier must pay a wage that is reasonable in terms of local conditions. 

Working environment

The supplier is familiar with and respects the local laws concerning the working environment, including the physical and psychosocial working environment, and as a minimum complies with the health and safety regulations and regulations at the production site for goods subject to the commercial agreement with GI. 

Psychosocial working environment

The supplier shall be obliged to reduce the amount of monotonous and repetitive work which can entail the risk of a permanent reduction of working capacity. 

Eaten facilities and drinking water

The supplier must provide hygienic conditions for the employees' consumption of food and drink. 

Toilets and bathing facilities

The supplier must provide hygienic conditions for the employees' use of toilets and to wash their hands thereafter. In case of dirty work hygienic bathing facilities must also be provided.

Air extraction and ventilation

The supplier must provide air extraction and ventilation to an extent ensuring that there is no risk to employees' health or safety. 

Fire safety

The supplier must ensure that the current local laws and regulations are respected and complied with, and that the necessary safety measures have been taken in terms of fire protection and evacuation of the employees in the event of fire or on other grounds. 

Medical assistance and first aid

The supplier must ensure that first aid can be given immediately in the event of accidents occurring on the organization's premises. If free medical assistance is not already provided, the employer must encourage the employees to secure the right to medical assistance via insurance schemes. 

Child labour

The supplier respects the rights of children and young people to develop and to receive training and education. At the same time, the supplier shall be obliged to comply with the local laws and regulations concerning child labour, and to support the efforts to eliminate child and youth labour, in accordance with the current standards in the respective countries where goods covered by the commerical agreements with GI are produced. 

Waste and recycling

The supplier is familiar with and respect the waste sorting and handling requirements stated in the legislation of the respective countries where goods traded with GI are produced. 

The supplier must ensure that his disposal of waste, including reusable waste from the production of goods, complies with the current laws and standards of the local environmental authorities. 


The supplier does not use chemicals materials which are prohibited under international conventions on chemical materials or prohibited in the country of potential use. 

The supplier must store chemicals in accordance with applicable regulations, so as not to endanger the safety of employees, or present an emission hazard. Chemicals must be deposited in a responsible way at a site designated by the local authorities. 


The supplier is familiar with and respects the local environmental requirements for the packaging of goods covered by the commercial agreement with GI. 


The supplier shall be committed to working against corruption. GI employees may not receive gifts or meals, nor may they attend events that lay outside the bounds of ordinary business-related activities.

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