In our philosophy, matters of social impact are not limited to our local operations, as they impact all aspects of our activities, including the supply chain. Maytronics’ manufacturing process in Israel is focused on the production of the electronics components, including the injected molding of the robot cable, along with the assembling of robotic components and the packaging of the company’s robotic pool cleaners. In addition, we rely on our suppliers for manufacturing and supplying electronic components and supporting parts which we procure through our supply chain. Maytronics relies primarily on Israeli suppliers for plastic components and Chinese and other global suppliers for machinery and electrical components. Our French operation follows the same philosophy and assembles the covers in the Maytronics’ production plant, procuring the covers’ slots, construction materials, plastics and electronics from local and global suppliers.
In order to ensure that our products are in synergy with our perception of sustainability we implement the Conflict Mineral standard, which applies to not only tier-1 suppliers, but at all levels of the supply chain. Moreover, we make efforts to develop a concept of a socially responsible chain management by strengthening our demands from suppliers, regarding social concerns in the regions they operate through a code of ethics for suppliers. For more information, see our upcoming Supplier Code of Conduct (read more).
Electronic components production is a process that involves a wide range of supply chain factors, based on the mining of natural resources, such as gold or tungsten. Mining of essential minerals used in the production of electronic products has a negative impact on the lives of millions around the world as it involves violation of human rights. The term Conflict Minerals refers to mining of raw materials or minerals that originate from regions where conflicts are occurring and impact the mining or trading of these materials. The recognized conflict minerals are tin, tantalum, tungsten (the “3 T’s”) and gold. They are mined in the eastern Congo and in adjacent countries, where various armies and rebel groups profit from mining these minerals. They contribute to violence and exploitation during wars in the region. In Maytronics, we do not utilize conflict minerals, and see to this by assuring conflict mineral standards through our entire supply chain.
Launching the Supplier Code of Conduct
To raise awareness to social issues in the supply chain, Maytronics has launched a new “Supplier Code of Conduct” which will be part of the basic supply agreement. This specifies that suppliers will have to comply with our moral principles for proper conduct regarding social, environmental, governance and on other matters of business conduct. In order to strengthen our social assessment of the supply chain, the code will refer to:
• Respecting Human Rights
We expect our suppliers to treat people with respect and dignity, encourage diversity, remain receptive to diverse opinions, promote equal opportunity for all and foster an inclusive and ethical culture, in accordance with the relevant International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. In this regard, we will not tolerate any form of child labor, nor human trafficking including forced or indentured labor.
• Employment Practices
We expect our suppliers to provide a responsible work environment on several levels. This starts with the prevention of physical, psychological and verbal harassment or other abusive conduct and equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment without discrimination. In addition, we expect our suppliers to provide fair employment standards regarding wages, benefits, working hours, and the respecting of the right for association and collective bargaining. Finally, we expect our suppliers to be committed to protection of health and safety among their workers, contractors and visitors.
We expect our suppliers to comply with anti-corruption laws, directives and regulations, and to have a “zero tolerance” policy against corruption. In addition, we expect our suppliers to act properly in matters of illegal and improper payments or benefits, and to avoid any gain from fraud and deception.
• Health and Safety
We expect our suppliers to not only comply with all applicable health and workplace safety laws, but also to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, contractors, visitors and others who may be affected by their activities.