At Opto 22, we are committed to conduct our affairs ethically and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Our commitment is reflected in our decision to adhere to the principles contained in the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) Code of Conduct. The Opto 22 Supplier Code of Conduct set forth below is a verbatim reflection of the EICC Code of Conduct.
Opto 22 expects its suppliers to actively pursue conformance to the Code and its standards.
Participants are committed to uphold the human rights of workers, and to treat them with
dignity and respect as understood by the international community. This applies to all
workers including temporary, migrant, student, contract, direct employees, and any other
type of worker. The recognized standards, as set out in the annex, were used as
references in preparing the Code and may be a useful source of additional information.
The labor standards are:
1) Freely Chosen Employment
Forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison
labor, slavery or trafficking of persons shall not be used. This includes transporting,
harboring, recruiting, transferring or receiving persons by means of threat, force,
coercion, abduction or fraud for labor or services. There shall be no unreasonable
restrictions on workers' freedom of movement in the facility in addition to
unreasonable restrictions on entering or exiting company-provided facilities. As
part of the hiring process, workers must be provided with a written employment
agreement in their native language that contains a description of terms and
conditions of employment prior to the worker departing from his or her country of
origin. All work must be voluntary and workers shall be free to leave work at any
time or terminate their employment. Employers and agents may not hold or
otherwise destroy, conceal, confiscate or deny access by employees to employees'
identity or immigration documents, such as government-issued identification,
passports or work permits, unless the holding of work permits is required by law.
Workers shall not be required to pay employers or agents recruitment fees or other
aggregate fees in excess of one month's salary. All fees charged to workers must
be disclosed and fees in excess of one month's salary must be returned to the
2) Young Workers
Child labor is not to be used in any stage of manufacturing. The term "child" refers
to any person under the age of 15, or under the age for completing compulsory education, or under the minimum age for employment in the country, whichever is
greatest. The use of legitimate workplace learning programs, which comply with all
laws and regulations, is supported. Workers under the age of 18 (Young Workers)
shall not perform work that is likely to jeopardize their health or safety, including
night shifts and overtime. Participant shall ensure proper management of student
workers through proper maintenance of student records, rigorous due diligence of
educational partners, and protection of students' rights in accordance with
applicable law and regulations. Participant shall provide appropriate support and
training to all student workers. In the absence of local law, the wage rate for
student workers, interns and apprentices shall be at least the same wage rate as
other entry-level workers performing equal or similar tasks.
3) Working Hours
Studies of business practices clearly link worker strain to reduced productivity,
increased turnover and increased injury and illness. Workweeks are not to exceed
the maximum set by local law. Further, a workweek should not be more than 60
hours per week, including overtime, except in emergency or unusual situations.
Workers shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days.
4) Wages and Benefits
Compensation paid to workers shall comply with all applicable wage laws, including
those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits. In
compliance with local laws, workers shall be compensated for overtime at pay rates
greater than regular hourly rates. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure
shall not be permitted. For each pay period, workers shall be provided with a
timely and understandable wage statement that includes sufficient information to
verify accurate compensation for work performed. All use of temporary, dispatch
and outsourced labor will be within the limits of the local law.
5) Humane Treatment
There is to be no harsh and inhumane treatment including any sexual harassment,
sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of
workers; nor is there to be the threat of any such treatment. Disciplinary policies
and procedures in support of these requirements shall be clearly defined and
communicated to workers.
Participants should be committed to a workforce free of harassment and unlawful
discrimination. Companies shall not engage in discrimination based on race, color,
age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national
origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, union membership, covered
veteran status, protected genetic information or marital status in hiring and
employment practices such as wages, promotions, rewards, and access to training.
Workers shall be provided with reasonable accommodation for religious practices.
In addition, workers or potential workers should not be subjected to medical tests or
physical exams that could be used in a discriminatory way.
7) Freedom of Association
In conformance with local law, participants shall respect the right of all workers to form
and join trade unions of their own choosing, to bargain collectively and to engage in
peaceful assembly as well as respect the right of workers to refrain from such activities.
Workers and/or their representatives shall be able to openly communicate and share
ideas and concerns with management regarding working conditions and management
practices without fear of discrimination, reprisal, intimidation or harassment.
HEALTH and SAFETY
Participants recognize that in addition to minimizing the incidence of work-related injury
and illness, a safe and healthy work environment enhances the quality of products and
services, consistency of production and worker retention and morale. Participants also
recognize that ongoing worker input and education is essential to identifying and solving
health and safety issues in the workplace.
Recognized management systems such as OHSAS 18001 and ILO Guidelines on
Occupational Safety and Health were used as references in preparing the Code and may
be a useful source of additional information.
The health and safety standards are:
1) Occupational Safety
Worker exposure to potential safety hazards (e.g., electrical and other energy
sources, fire, vehicles, and fall hazards) are to be controlled through proper design,
engineering and administrative controls, preventative maintenance and safe work
procedures (including lockout/tagout), and ongoing safety training. Where hazards
cannot be adequately controlled by these means, workers are to be provided with
appropriate, well-maintained, personal protective equipment and educational
materials about risks to them associated with these hazards. Workers shall be
encouraged to raise safety concerns.
2) Emergency Preparedness
Potential emergency situations and events are to be identified and assessed, and
their impact minimized by implementing emergency plans and response
procedures including: emergency reporting, employee notification and evacuation
procedures, worker training and drills, appropriate fire detection and suppression
equipment, adequate exit facilities and recovery plans. Such plans and procedures
shall focus on minimizing harm to life, the environment and property.
3) Occupational Injury and Illness
Procedures and systems are to be in place to prevent, manage, track and report
occupational injury and illness including provisions to: encourage worker reporting;
classify and record injury and illness cases; provide necessary medical treatment;
investigate cases and implement corrective actions to eliminate their causes; and
facilitate return of workers to work.
4) Industrial Hygiene
Worker exposure to chemical, biological and physical agents is to be identified,
evaluated, and controlled. Engineering or administrative controls must be used to
control overexposures. When hazards cannot be adequately controlled by such
means, worker health is to be protected by appropriate personal protective
5) Physically Demanding Work
Worker exposure to the hazards of physically demanding tasks, including manual
material handling and heavy or repetitive lifting, prolonged standing and highly
repetitive or forceful assembly tasks is to be identified, evaluated and controlled.
6) Machine Safeguarding
Production and other machinery shall be evaluated for safety hazards. Physical
guards, interlocks and barriers are to be provided and properly maintained where
machinery presents an injury hazard to workers.
7) Sanitation, Food, and Housing
Workers are to be provided with ready access to clean toilet facilities, potable water
and sanitary food preparation, storage, and eating facilities. Worker dormitories
provided by the Participant or a labor agent are to be maintained to be clean and
safe, and provided with appropriate emergency egress, hot water for bathing and
showering, adequate heat and ventilation, and reasonable personal space along
with reasonable entry and exit privileges.
8) Health and Safety
Participant shall provide workers with appropriate workplace health and safety
training in their primary language. Health and safety related information shall be
clearly posted in the facility.
Participants recognize that environmental responsibility is integral to producing world
class products. In manufacturing operations, adverse effects on the community,
environment and natural resources are to be minimized while safeguarding the health
and safety of the public. Recognized management systems such as ISO 14001 and the
Eco Management and Audit System (EMAS) were used as references in preparing the
Code and may be a useful source of additional information.
The environmental standards are:
1) Environmental Permits and Reporting
All required environmental permits (e.g. discharge monitoring), approvals and
registrations are to be obtained, maintained and kept current and their operational
and reporting requirements are to be followed.
2) Pollution Prevention and Resource Reduction
The use of resources and generation of waste of all types, including water and
energy, are to be reduced or eliminated at the source or by practices such as
modifying production, maintenance and facility processes, materials substitution,
conservation, recycling and re-using materials.
3) Hazardous Substances
Chemicals and other materials posing a hazard if released to the environment are
to be identified and managed to ensure their safe handling, movement, storage,
use, recycling or reuse and disposal.
4) Wastewater and Solid Waste
Participant shall implement a systematic approach to identify, manage,
reduce, and responsibly dispose of or recycle solid waste (non-hazardous).
Wastewater generated from operations, industrial processes and sanitation
facilities are to be characterized, monitored, controlled and treated as required prior
to discharge or disposal. In addition, measures should be implemented to reduce
generation of wastewater. Participant shall conduct routine monitoring of the
performance of its wastewater treatment systems.
5) Air Emissions
Air emissions of volatile organic chemicals, aerosols, corrosives, particulates,
ozone depleting chemicals and combustion by-products generated from operations
are to be characterized, routinely monitored, controlled and treated as required prior
to discharge. Participant shall conduct routine monitoring of the performance of its
air emission control systems.
6) Materials Restrictions
Participants are to adhere to all applicable laws, regulations and customer
requirements regarding prohibition or restriction of specific substances in products
and manufacturing, including labeling for recycling and disposal.
7) Storm Water Management
Participant shall implement a systematic approach to prevent contamination of
storm water runoff. Participant shall prevent illegal discharges and spills from
entering storm drains.
8) Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are to be tracked and
documented, at the facility and/or corporate level. Participants are to look for costeffective
methods to improve energy efficiency and to minimize their energy
consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.