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Alpha’s Sustainability Mission

Introduction

Alpha acknowledges its social responsibility in the global marketplace. That responsibility demands adherence to principles that protect the well-being of employees throughout our Supply Chain. These principles span the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption and are accepted world-wide. They are consistent with and in some cases derived from such foundational treatises as:

  • The United Nations Global Compact
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility
  • The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Social responsibility is an inescapable element of the long-term success of our company, just as it is for our stakeholders, business partners, employees and our customers. A plan for true sustainability requires not only good global citizenship but that we be competitive and remain so in the long term. True social responsibility is not an obstacle but an enabler to this end.

The following principles are followed by Alpha and its Supply Chain worldwide. This documentation of Corporate Social Responsibility beliefs and expectations notifies every organization and individual in our Supply Chain that they must share in the adherence to these practices.

Human Rights

Alpha respects and supports compliance with the internationally accepted human rights.

Forced Labor

Alpha condemns all forms of forced and compulsory labor.

Child Labor

Alpha supports the effective abolition of exploitative child labor. Children will not be employed except in cases such as apprenticeships or training where the individual clearly benefits and participates freely.

Equal Opportunities

Alpha undertakes to uphold equal opportunities with respect to employment and to refrain from discrimination in any form unless national law expressly provides for selection according to specific criteria. Discrimination against employees based on gender, race, disability, origin, religion, age or sexual orientation is not acceptable.

Freedom of Association

Alpha acknowledges that all workers and all employers have the right freely to form and join groups for the promotion and defense of their occupational interests. During organization campaigns the company and the executives will remain neutral; the trade unions and the company will comply with basic democratic principles, ensuring the employees ability to make a free decision.

Working Conditions

Alpha is opposed to all exploitative working conditions.

Protection of health and safety

Alpha ensures health and safety at the workplace to a level no less than required by national legislation and supports the continuous improvement of working conditions.

Compensation

Alpha honors the right to reasonable compensation of a level no less than the legally established minimum-wage and the local job market. Within the scope of national legislation, Alpha respects the principle of “equal pay for work of equal value.”

Working hours

Alpha guarantees compliance with national provisions and agreements regarding working hours and regular, paid holidays.

Environment

Alpha expects stewardship of our natural resources

Alpha will support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges and participate in and encourage initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility. We encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

Corruption and Ethics

Alpha will work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

As detailed in the Alpha Ethics Policy, we will not offer or take receipt of any gift, loan, fee, reward or other advantage to or from any person as an inducement to do something which is dishonest, illegal or a breach of trust, in the conduct of the enterprise's business, even in areas where it may be tolerated.

Suppliers

Alpha expects its suppliers to introduce and implement equivalent principles in their own companies.