Principle 2: Workers* Rights and Employment Conditions*

The Organization* shall* maintain and/or enhance the social and economic wellbeing of workers (New)

Criterion 2.1

The Organization* shall* uphold* the principles* and rights at work as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) based on the eight ILO Core Labour Conventions. (C4.3 V4)

Indicator 2.1.1

Employment practices and conditions for workers* demonstrate conformity with or uphold the principles and rights of work addressed in the eight ILO Core Labour Conventions as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998).

Verifiers 2.1.1

a. Relevant legislation and guidelines
b. Interviews with managers
c. Consultations with relevant authorities (Territorial Inspectorate for Work)
d. Field visits

Indicator 2.1.2

Workers* are able to establish or join labour organizations of their own choosing subject only to the rules of the labour organization concerned.

Verifiers 2.1.2

a. Interviews with employees of the organization and of subcontractors

Indicator 2.1.3

Agreements are implemented resulting from collective bargaining with formal or informal workers organizations.

Verifiers 2.1.3

a. Interviews with employees of the organization and of subcontractors
b. Collective working agreements or other documents

Criterion 2.2

The Organization* shall* promote gender equality* in employment practices, training opportunities, awarding of contracts, processes of engagement* and management activities. (New, per Motion 12 at GA 2002)

Indicator 2.2.1

Systems are implemented that promote gender equality* and prevent gender discrimination in employment practices, training opportunities, awarding of contracts, processes of engagement* and management activities.

Verifiers 2.2.1

a. Employment Procedures
b. Interviews with employees
c. Public consultations

Indicator 2.2.2

Job opportunities are open to both women and men under the same conditions, and women are encouraged to participate actively in all levels of employment.

Indicator 2.2.3

Work typically carried out by women (nurseries, silviculture, Non Timber Forest Product harvesting, weighing, packing, etc.) is included in training and health & safety programs to the same extent as work typically carried out by men.

Indicator 2.2.4

Women and men are paid the same wage when they do the same work.

Indicator 2.2.5

Women are paid directly and using mutually agreed methods (e.g. direct bank transfer, direct payments for school fees, etc.) to ensure they safely receive and retain their wages.

Indicator 2.2.6

Maternity leave is no less than a six-week period after childbirth.

Indicator 2.2.7

Paternity leave is available and there is no penalty for taking it.

Indicator 2.2.8

Meetings, management committees and decision-making forums are organized to include women and men, and to facilitate the active participation of both.

Indicator 2.2.9

Confidential and effective mechanisms exist for reporting and eliminating cases of sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, marital status, parenthood or sexual orientation.

Verifiers 2.2.9

a. Interviews with employees
b. Internal Organizational and operational regulation

Criterion 2.3

The Organization* shall* implement health and safety practices to protect workers* from occupational safety and health hazards. These practices shall*, proportionate to scale, intensity and risk* of management activities, meet or exceed the recommendations of the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work. (C4.2 V4, revised to comply with ILO and FSC-POL-30-401)

Indicator 2.3.1

Health and safety (H&S) practices are developed and implemented that meets or exceeds the ILO Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Forestry Work.

Verifiers 2.3.1

a. Annual Program on H&S*

Indicator 2.3.2

Workers* have personal protective equipment appropriate to their assigned tasks.

Verifiers 2.3.2

a. Documents on purchase and distribution of H&S equipment *
b. Field visits
c. Reports of Territorial Inspectorate for Work
d. Documents associated to the internal procedures**

Indicator 2.3.3

Use of personal protective equipment is enforced.

Verifiers 2.3.3

a. Tender books
b. Handover protocol for the works to be carried out
c. rocedures for field checking on H&S equipment by contractors and employees of the Organization and written documents associated to these procedures (harvesting controls, acceptance upon completion of works etc.)

Indicator 2.3.4

Records are kept on health and safety practices including accident rates and lost time to accidents.

Verifiers 2.3.4

a. Registers *
b. Individual sheets for H&S
c. Handover protocol for harvesting units
d. Daily attendance register and monthly timesheets
e. Documents associated to internal procedures

Indicator 2.3.5

The frequency and severity of accidents are consistently low compared to national forest* industry averages.

Verifiers 2.3.5

a. Registers*

Indicator 2.3.6

Health a safety practices are reviewed and revised as required after major incidents or accidents.

Verifiers 2.3.6

a. Records*
b. Internal Procedures and their associated documents **

Criterion 2.4

The Organization* shall* pay wages that meet or exceed minimum forest industry standards or other recognized forest* industry wage agreements or living wages*, where these are higher than the legal* minimum wages. When none of these exist, The Organization* shall* through engagement* with workers* develop mechanisms for determining living wages*. (New)

Indicator 2.4.1

Wages paid by The Organization, in all circumstances meet or exceed, legal* minimum wage rates, where such rates exist.

Verifiers 2.4.1

a. Evidence on salary payments*
b. Interviews with employees of contractor companies

Indicator 2.4.2

Wages paid meet or exceed the wages provided in recognized forest industry wage agreements.

Verifiers 2.4.2

a. Hourly payment rates
b. Payment calculation reports
c. Special registry of day workers
d. Interviews with employees of contractor companies

Indicator 2.4.3

When no minimum wage levels exist, wages* are established through culturally appropriate engagement* with workers* and / /or formal and informal workers organizations*.

Verifiers 2.4.3


Indicator 2.4.4

Wages, salaries and contracts are paid on time.

Verifiers 2.4.4

a. Payment documents
b. Interviews with employees of organization and of contractor companies

Criterion 2.5

The Organization* shall* demonstrate that workers* have job-specific training and supervision to safely and effectively implement the Management Plan* and all management activities. (C7.3 V4)

Indicator 2.5.1

Workers* have job specific training consistent with Annex B and supervision to safely and effectively contribute to the implementation of the management plan* and all management activities. Trainings ensure that workers know (depending on their job related tasks):

1. Health and safety requirements

Verifiers 2.5.1

2. Working procedures for high risk activities

a. Authorizations
b. Attestations
c. Individual sheet for labour protection
d. Documents related to internal procedures
e. The document attesting training
f. Interviews
g. Field Trip

3. Workers’ rights according to labour legislation

4. Procedures for handling and using chemical substances (if such substances are used), fuels and lubricants (10.7)

a. Internal procedures*
b. Qualification proof for job position
c. Personal job position sheet for employees of the organization
d. Interviews
e. Field visits

5. Procedures in case of accidental spills of chemicals, fuels and lubricants (10.12))

a. Personal health and safety instruction sheet
b. Documents related to internal procedures
c. Documents proof of training
d. Interviews
e. Field visits

6. Legal/customary rights of other parties (if any) (4.1)
7. Sites of ecologic, economic, religious and spiritual importance (if any) (4.7)
8. Measures to mitigate social, economic and ecological impacts of activities (4.5, 5.1)
9. Their rights to identify and report any abuse or discrimination

Indicator 2.5.2

Up to date training records are kept for all relevant workers*.

Verifiers 2.5.2

a. Official records of personnel
b. Evidence records on training

Criterion 2.6

The Organization* through engagement* with workers* shall* have mechanisms for resolving grievances and for providing fair compensation to workers for loss or damage to property, occupational diseases*, or occupational injuries* sustained while working for The Organization*. (New to address gap in P&C V4).

Indicator 2.6.1

Dispute resolution process is in place, developed through culturally appropriate* engagement* with workers*.

Verifiers 2.6.1

a. Internal procedures and related documents*
b. Interviews with employees

Indicator 2.6.2

Workers* grievances are identified and responded to and are either resolved or are in the dispute* resolution process.

Verifiers 2.6.2

a. Internal procedures and related documents*
b. Interviews with employees

Indicator 2.6.3

Up to date records of workers grievances related to workers* loss or damage of property, occupational diseases* or injuries are maintained including:

Verifiers 2.6.3

1. Steps taken to resolve grievances

a. Internal procedures and related documents (e.g. register of claims and grievances, agreements, meeting minutes etc.)

2. Outcomes of all dispute resolution processes including fair compensation

a. Internal procedures and related documents

3. Unresolved disputes, the reasons why they are not resolved, and how they will be resolved.

a. Internal procedures and related documents

Indicator 2.6.4

Fair compensation is provided to workers* for work-related loss or damage of property and occupational disease* or injuries.

Verifiers 2.6.4

a. Proof of payment according to internal procedures*