Lynch Group is committed to taking a leadership role in ensuring our Supply Chain reflects the highest standards of ethical conduct and activity.
Underpinned as a key foundation pillar in our company Vision and Values, we seek to positively influence ethical standards within and across our industry as we recognise that responsibility for ethical trade resides as much with our key suppliers as with ourselves.
Our approach is simple: we are committed to the proactive management, continuous improvement and annual audits of our key suppliers to ensure their ethical practices are aligned with our Vision and Values.
Lynch is committed to respecting all internationally recognised human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Our commitment to this is supported through annual compliance checks to both external certifications and our internal verification checklist. This compliance process is undertaken through site visits by our Senior Procurement and Quality teams.
Our Procurement Policy is to work with our key suppliers to comply with minimum ethical standards. These minimum standards shall be comparable to those articulated under the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. Our minimum expectation is that our key suppliers:
Respect all internationally recognised human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles concerning fundamental rights set out in the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Not engage in forced labour, including debt bondage, compelled involuntary overtime, forced prison labour, the worst forms of child labour as per the two ILO Conventions on child labour (Convention No.138 on Minimum Age and Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour) and trafficked labour.
Provide staff with employment contracts that are fair, transparent, and easy to understand, including wages, benefits and hours of work that are non-discriminatory (discrimination could be based on a person’s race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, union membership or non-membership, mental or physical disability, or any other classification protected by law).
Not tolerate acts of harassment, abuse, or threats in the workplace including but not limited to assault, physical and sexual harassment or threats, and workplace bullying and intimidation.
Ensure that working conditions are not harsh or inhumane, and provide for adequate standards of health and safety.
Support employees' right to associate with organisations of their choice for the purpose of protecting their employment interests and their right to bargain collectively, including respect for collective bargaining provisions concerning the settlement of disputes arising out of the interpretation and application of the collective bargaining agreement, and abide by decisions made by the mechanisms or tribunals authorised to handle such disputes.
Be duly respectful of local regulations and comply with relevant environmental standards.
Lynch is committed to the continuous improvement in assessing and addressing the risk of modern slavery and its approach to the reporting requirements in accordance with the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 (the Act).
A key part of our due diligence is our membership and compliance with Sedex, where we regularly audit our suppliers in line with the Act.
Lynch’s actions to support its approach to the risk to modern slavery include:
Mapping of our global supply chain, defining industries, categories of products and services, and countries of origin.
Identify key areas of modern slavery risk across our Tier 1 suppliers.
Implementing systems and procedures for reviewing new and existing suppliers
Development of a formal process for reporting and identifying incidents of modern slavery and documenting remediation processes and procedures.
Implement company-wide modern slavery awareness and training.
As part of its commitment to effectively monitoring and addressing modern slavery risks in its supply chain and operations, Lynch will continually review its approach and priorities. As part of our Modern Slavery Roadmap, we intend to leverage our existing governance structures to implement key controls related to modern slavery risks, for both our operations and supply chain.
Lynch is committed to reducing our impact on the environment. Our approach involves working together with recycling companies to manage all our green and brown waste, and with our energy providers to reduce our energy consumption.
We continually work across our business and with our suppliers to ensure:
Our products where possible utilise recycled materials
Our new facilities optimise rainwater harvesting for use in our production process
Our facilities utilise LED lighting and waste management processes to reduce our emissions