SEDEX / URSA

What is SEDEX / URSA ?

URSA is a standard approved by Uniliver that seeks to improve workplaces and communities around the world by developing and implementing socially responsible standards.

To fulfill its mission, URSA convenes all key sectors, including workers and trade unions, companies, government, non-governmental organizations, socially responsible investors and consumers, to operate consensus-based voluntary standards; accredits qualified organizations to verify compliance; and, promotes understanding and implementation of such standards worldwide.

SEDEX first social accountability system which is , a tool for retailers, brand companies, suppliers and other organizations to assure just and decent working conditions in the supply chain.   It is a leading workplace standard and verification system because it offers a unique combination of attributes that make it highly credible and efficient:

Benefits of URSA/SEDEX Standard

  • A standard that covers all widely-accepted international labor rights , Environment, Health ,safety and local legislations.
  • Factory-level management system requirement to foster ongoing compliance and realize gains in productivity, quality and worker recruiting and retention.
  • Involvement by all stakeholders – participation by all key sectors – workers and trade unions, companies, socially responsible investors, nongovernmental organizations and government – in the SA8000 system including the Advisory Board, drafting and revision of the standard and auditing system, conferences, training, and the complaints system
  • Meeting consumer, investor and government concerns – SEDEX Certification and Corporate Involvement Program help consumers, investors and government to identify and support companies assuring labor rights in the supply chain.
  • Child Labor – no workers under the age of 15; minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the ILO Convention 138 developing-country exception; remediation of any child found to be working
  • Forced Labor – no forced labor, including prison or debt bondage labor; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters
  • Health and Safety – provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health and safety worker training; system to detect threats to health and safety; access to bathrooms and potable water
  • Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining – respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining
  • Discrimination – no discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age; no sexual harassment
  • Discipline – no corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse
  • Working Hours – comply with the applicable law but, in any event, no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off for every seven day period; voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement
  • Compensation – wages paid for a standard work week must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers and their families; no disciplinary deductions
  • Management Systems – facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices

Nowadays URSA is the scheme approved by HUL

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