Human Rights and Working Conditions
Our commitment to human rights and the conditions The Agile Company guarantees those who work with us.
Our commitment to legal bodies and Human Rights movements
The Agile Company (TAC) is deeply committed uphold and promote responsible corporate practices in the area of human rights and working conditions and aligns with practices recommended by industry standards such as The European Convention on Human Rights and where applicable, the RBA Code of Conduct, which incorporates the International Bill of Human Rights, namely the Universal Convention of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its two Optional Protocols (1966).
The Agile Company also adheres to the principles detailed in the fundamental ILO Conventions, namely the Forced Labor Convention (1930), the Minimum Age Convention (1973), the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention (1999) and ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998).
Who is impacted by our policy
We expect all our partners and stakeholders to agree with our commitment to human rights. Our policy applies to all of our personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to our operations, products or services. This means The Agile Company is committed to respecting the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (2011) and its principles within our operations and value proposition. The working conditions of those who work with us, namely our employees, consultants and suppliers will be required to, at minimum, stay in compliance with internationally recognized labor standards and the laws of the countries we operate in. When national law directly conflicts with international human rights standards or does not fully comply with them, The Agile Company will seek ways to respect internationally recognized human rights, regardless.
To support compliance with this Policy, The Agile Company encourages its employees to report any concerns regarding potential violations of this Policy, or any related law or regulations using directly to the Administration team or the CEO, Natascha Speets. Regular Community meetings regarding our ethical standards, DEIJ statement and commitment to Human Rights are to be planned out for 2023 and 2024.
Today, The Agile Company employs 3 staff members permenantly, but we also work with several contractors, consultants and freelance workers. We guarantee all our staff equal working conditions and transparency around pay and compensation. Working Conditions Working hours, breaks, holidays and leave periods will be established in compliance with local laws and agreements, and in any case, a workweek should not be more than 60 hours per week, including overtime. Workers shall be allowed at least one day off every seven days. The Agile Company ensures that all employees are provided with written agreements of employment and are free to leave their work after giving reasonable notice. Furthermore, compensation paid to workers shall comply with all applicable wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours and legally mandated benefits. 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. Imported and migrant workers are to be provided equal wages, benefits and working conditions
Child Labor & Forced Labour
The Agile Company does not and will never employ children under the age of 18
When working with interns or paid learners, The Agile Company will ensure proper management of student workers through effective maintenance of student records, rigorous due diligence of educational partners, and protection of students’ rights in accordance with applicable law and regulations. In any case, appropriate support and training shall be provided 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.
The Agile Company does not tolerate any form of forced labor, including debt bondage, indentured labor or involuntary prison, nor any involvement in human trafficking in its business activities. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring or receiving persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction or fraud for labor or services. A dedicated Social Impact committee meeting will be planned for 2024 to ensure ways The Agile Company can engage with suppliers, partners, staff and stakeholders to make a purposeful impact towards sustainable working conditions and human rights globally.
Written and signed by The Agile Company CEO – Natascha Speets