Code of conduct
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Zuercher Technik AG strives to be a good employer and member of society. Maintaining high morals and ethics are integral parts of our operations and efforts for continual improvement. Our corporate social responsibility vision is to “actively strive to increase and improve living standards for people throughout the world”. It is important to Zuercher Technik AG that the products we sell are manufactured in an ethically correct way. For this reason, we ensure that basic human rights, healthy working conditions, and consideration for the environment are respected throughout our chain of production.
We require Zuercher Technik AG’s partners, producers, and suppliers to demonstrate respect for the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that their employees are treated in accordance with the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998).
Each of our partners, producers and suppliers must strive to ensure that these conditions and obligations are applied in their own production chains. We will actively support our partners as part of our own efforts to achieve our corporate social responsibility vision.
- Supplier code of conduct
The code of conduct rests upon Zuercher Technik AG’s CSR from an economic, environmental, and social perspective. The code is used to guide our suppliers towards these regulations that are considers especially important to the business. It is the responsibility of contractual suppliers to ensure the application of this Code of Conduct in their operations.
- General principles
Zuercher Technik AG principles demand that all product and services that are handled within Zuercher Technik AG is maintained according to applicable laws and regulations and internationally established norms. Our target is to ensure that environmental, ethics, health and safety issues are handled within the supply chain and highly integrated in our procurement process. We expect and follow-up that our partners behave in similar way.
Zuercher Technik AG primarily select partners who share similar values as described in this code of conduct. Further we demand an openminded approach related to quality and sustainability audits where access to all facilities is needed in our aim to monitor and improve our most important suppliers.
Zuercher Technik AG does not accept any forms of fraudulent behavior. We will under no circumstances offer or take any compensation in violation of applicable laws to improve or maintain our business. We will remain objective in our decision making.
- Human rights and child labor
Suppliers of Zuercher Technik AG must respect and protect internationally applicable human rights. This includes the protection of personal dignity and integrity as well as the prohibition of child labor in connection with ILO Convention No. 138. Violations of these internationally applicable human rights are not tolerated in any part of the supply chain.
- Discrimination, forced labor, harassment, and abuse
Zuercher Technik AG and its suppliers shall give all coworkers same possibilities from competence, experience, and performance regardless of sex, race, religion, age, impairment, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic background. Suppliers must ensure that no forced labor, harassment, or abuse of any coworker exist within the business.
- Environment and working conditions
Suppliers and its sub suppliers must observe domestic laws and regulations concerning environment and working conditions. Suppliers shall avoid materials and methods that could impact the environment and the personal health when suitable alternatives exist. Safe, secure, and sound working condition shall be provided to all coworkers. Suppliers shall minimize the impact on Zuercher Technik AG, directly or indirectly, from terrorism, criminal acts, natural disasters, or pandemics.
Suppliers shall keep designated person for sustainability issues. During factory visits Zuercher Technik AG employees shall comply to suppliers assigned safety protocols or if not available at least practice Zuercher Technik AG internal policy. Zuercher Technik AG aim to contribute to climate neutral or positive business.
- Freedom of association and fair conditions
Every coworker right to exercise their legal rights, to join or not to join organizations that represent their interests shall be given by the suppliers. For every employee of the supplier there should be a healthy balance between work and leisure time. Coworkers working hours and salary shall correspond to national laws and regulations alternatively collective agreements. All coworkers shall be entitled at least one day of free time for every seven days period.
Business confidentiality is a requirement for each supplier. Confidential information as well as intellectual property rights that Zuercher Technik AG has provided to supplier must be protected. We recommend using NDA when handling business-critical information.
Suppliers must maintain up-to-date insurance policies for the company and its supplies. These must be presented upon request. When exporting goods, Zuercher Technik AG and its suppliers must comply with the existing customs regulations and the restrictions published by the Swiss government and the European Union regarding embargoes/penalties for deliveries to so-called critical countries.
- Purchasing – Distribution – Delivery
Zuercher Technik AG’s aim is to provide fast responses and maintain excellent availability for our customer needs. The target is to be scalable and flexible when it comes to market demands to achieve the best overall cost efficiency in supply chain for high quality products and systems.
The quality of the product and its packaging shall fully comply to given specifications. The products shall arrive to given destination upon agreed date, it is most important that agreed delivery date is kept and any deviation is communicated as early as possible.
Zuercher Technik AG primarily seek partnerships with suppliers that can react quickly and adapt to an everchanging business environment and that provides the right product at right cost. Our strategy is to bundle volumes and create competence together with the supplier in a long-term relationship.
- Business contingency
Zuercher Technik AG require that the supplier keep a business contingency plan. In the event of emergency, such as earthquakes, fire or pandemics, the supplier should still be able to provide as normal operation as possible.
Zuercher Technik AG 07/2023