High quality and long-lasting products, environmental protection and preservation of our natural resources, the promotion of safety, health, development and performance of our employees are the keystones of MENTOR’s social and entrepreneurial commitment. The principles of our company policy apply to our management and every employee of our company.
Basic values and guidelines
- Respect for human rights
Suppliers are required to respect internationally-recognised human rights and to promote compliance with same. In all business activities under its own sphere of influence, suppliers are to work to ensure that neither they themselves, their business partners nor their upstream suppliers commit or are involved in violations of human rights.
- Ban on child labour
Child labour may not be used in any phase of production or processing. Suppliers are required to respect as a minimum the ILO conventions on minimum age of employment and concerning child labour. Children may not be inhibited in their development. Their safety and health may not be impaired.
- Equality of opportunity / Ban on discrimination
Suppliers are obliged to ensure equality of opportunity over employment and to desist from any form of discrimination. Disadvantaging of employees, for example by reason of their ancestry, origin, nationality, skin colour, religion, world view, political or trade union activity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, illness or pregnancy, is not permitted.
- Health and safety in the workplace
The supplier guarantees protection for health and safety in the workplace as employer, as a minimum in the scope provided for in the respectively-applicable national provisions, and supports continuous further development to improve the work environment.
- Ban on forced working
Any form of forced labour or compulsory labour is prohibited. The supplier must not force employees to hand over their identity card, passport or work permit as a precondition for employment.
- Fairness over wages, working time and social benefits
Remunerations and social benefits must correspond to the basic principles in respect of minimum wages, applicable regulations on overtime hours and statutory social benefits. Working times and non-working times must comply as a minimum with the applicable laws, the customary sectoral standards or the relevant ILO conventions, depending on which provision is the more stringent.
- Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
Companies shall respect the right to freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining. It must be ensured that employees can engage in open dialogue with company management concerning working conditions without fearing detriment as a result. The right of employees to come together, to join a trade union, to nominate representatives and to stand for election as a representative is respected.
Business ethics and compliance
- Compliance with legislation
The highest standards of integrity are expected in all business activities and business relations. Suppliers are called on to desist from any form of fraud or deception, insolvency offences, corruption, granting of advantages, corruption or corruptibility. The supplier is obliged to respect all laws and statutory provisions applicable to it and to the business relations with Mentor.
- Ban on bribery and corruption
All forms of corruption are prohibited. This prohibition extends particularly to bribery, payment of kick-backs and blackmail in order to exert influence over representatives of business partners, politics, the civic administration, the judicial system or the public.
- Fair competition
Laws protecting and promoting competition, particularly antitrust law, must be respected. Companies must respect fair competition and observe the prohibition on agreements with competitors and other measures obstructing the free market.
- Respecting commercial secrets
Suppliers are obliged to treat all commercial and technical details which are not in the public domain and which become known to them via the business relations as commercial secrets.
Sustainability and environmental protection
- Environmentally-friendly production
Optimum protection for the environment must be ensured in all phases of production. This includes a proactive approach to avoiding or minimising the consequences of accidents capable of having a negative impact on the environment. In this regard, particular importance attaches to the application and further development of energy-saving and water-saving technologies, characterised by the use of strategies for reducing emissions, recycling and reprocessing.
- Environmentally-friendly products
All products manufactured along the supply chain must meet the environmental protection standards of your market segment. This includes the entire product life cycle and all materials used. Chemicals and other materials which might present a hazard if released into the environment must be identified. Hazardous materials management must be put in place for these, in order that they can be safely handled, transported, stored, reprocessed or reused and disposed of.