Imperial statement on labour and the workplace
Wherever we operate, certain principles consistently apply to the Company’s relationships with its employees and its expectations of conduct in the workplace. Imperial’s Standards of Business Conduct provide a framework and associated policies for responsible operations. They are consistent with the spirit and intent of the International Labor Organization 1998 Declaration Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work; the Forced Labor Convention, 1930; the Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, 1957; the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention, 1999; and the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization (2008); as well as other Canadian laws and regulations. The ILO Declaration sets an obligation on Member States to promote and realize the following principles:
- Freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
- Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
- Effective abolition of child labour; and
- Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Imperial supports these principles, and develops and implements suitable policies, procedures and practices in light of applicable laws and specific circumstances to accomplish the objectives of the ILO Declaration as noted below.
Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
Imperial recognizes and respects its employees’ right to join associations and choose representative organizations for the purpose of engaging in collective bargaining in a manner consistent with applicable laws, rules and regulations as well as local customs as appropriate.
Elimination of forced or compulsory labour
Imperial does not use forced or compulsory labour including prison labour. Imperial recruits its employees and provides working conditions that comply with applicable laws and regulations, including payment of wages and benefits and workplace safety standards.
Abolition of child labour
Throughout Imperial’s operations, we forbid the use of children in our workforce. All Imperial employees are above the legal employment age in Canada.
Elimination of workplace discrimination and harassment
Imperial's Standards of Business Conduct include an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, which states, in part:
It is the policy of Imperial to provide equal employment opportunity in conformance with all applicable laws and regulations to individuals who are qualified to perform job requirements.
The Standards of Business Conduct also include a Harassment in the Workplace Policy that prohibits any form of harassment in the workplace with the objective of providing a work environment that fosters mutual employee respect. It is the policy of Imperial to provide an environment free from violence, threats, and intimidation against workers.