Supplier Code of Conduct
Opus 2's vision: To be the most people-centric legal tech on the planet
Opus 2 International Limited (together with its affiliates referred to as “Opus 2”) is committed to being a responsible and sustainable business and to operating within the highest level of ethical behaviour and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. We believe that acting ethically and responsibly is not only the right thing to do, but essential for our business. At Opus 2, we want to work with companies who share similar ethical standards and values to ours. We are committed to establishing mutually beneficial relations with our suppliers and business partners in order to improve standards, drive sustainable practices and create shared value for everyone.
Scope and applicability of this Code
This Supplier Code of Conduct (“Code”) establishes the Standards that Opus 2 expects all of our suppliers to comply with. We expect our suppliers to ensure their own supply chains operate in a manner consistent with the Standards in this Code. This Code is not intended to reduce, replace, or limit any other legal or contractual obligations that a supplier has to Opus 2. Upon written request from Opus 2, both prospective and appointed Suppliers may be asked to confirm compliance with any part of this Code.
References to “supplier” in this Code, include that supplier’s workers, officers, consultants, subcontractors, and agents.
Opus 2 may update this Code at any time.
We conduct business in an honest and ethical manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships wherever we operate. We expect our suppliers to do the same.
Compliance with applicable laws: As a general requirement, suppliers should comply with all applicable laws and regulations which apply to their business and to that of their wider group.
Anti-bribery and corruption: Suppliers must comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to prevention of bribery and corruption expressly including the US Foreign Corrupt adopted in the United Nations Global Compact, which provides that “business should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery” and should ensure they have appropriate policies in place and adequate procedures to prevent bribery occurring. Suppliers should not offer or accept gifts and/or entertainment where to do so would constitute or would be perceived as constituting a bribe or other corrupt activity. A bribe can be anything of value, not just money. For example, it could be a gift, hospitality or a job offer. Kickbacks and facilitation payments (e.g.to accelerate a government consent or permit or other administrative procedure) are also prohibited.
Anti-facilitation of tax evasion: Suppliers should not engage in deliberate illegal tax evasion or facilitate such evasion and should ensure open transparency with tax authorities.
Anti-trust/competition: Open and fair competition is good for consumers and good for business. We expect our suppliers to act in full compliance with applicable anti-trust and competition laws as they apply to Opus 2 and our supplier’s respective business activities.
Conflict of interest: When doing business with Opus 2, we expect our suppliers to inform us of any potential conflicts of interest between us or otherwise related to their activities as an Opus 2 supplier. Suppliers should let us know if there is a personal connection between people in our respective organisations who are involved in a contract or transaction and whether such individuals have any outside business interest or monetary or other incentive in the transaction.
Data security and data privacy: Suppliers must take all due care in handling, discussing, or transmitting commercially sensitive or confidential information and data. Suppliers shall handle and process information and data on behalf of Opus 2 only for the purposes for which it was collected, received, or otherwise made available and in accordance with Opus 2’s instructions. Suppliers must implement and maintain technical and organisational security measures to protect Opus 2 data and to safeguard it against loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure, access, or use.
Respect human rights and prohibit enforced labour and child labour
We respect and uphold internationally proclaimed human rights and we take a zero-tolerance policy to human rights offences. We expect our suppliers to do the same.
Child labour: Suppliers must ensure that underage labour has not been used in the production or distribution of goods and services to Opus 2. A child is any person under the minimum employment age according to the laws of the country where the product (or parts of) or services are sourced from, or in the absence of law under the minimum age for completed mandatory education.
Involuntary labour: Suppliers must not use or tolerate in their supply chain any form of slavery, servitude, indentured, bonded, involuntary prison, military or compulsory labour or any form of human trafficking.
Provide a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace
We strive to provide an inspiring, stimulating, and supportive environment for our team. We respect employee rights, and we provide a safe, fair, and inclusive workplace for all. We expect our suppliers to do the same.
Equal opportunities: Suppliers must comply with all relevant equality legislation in the areas in which they operate and must not discriminate against any employee based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, colour, disability, religion, political affiliation, union membership, national origin, marital or pregnancy status during any recruitment or employment activities. Suppliers must provide an environment free of any harassment, bullying or discrimination.
Association: We expect our Suppliers to respect employee rights in respect of freedom of association, collective bargaining, and the payment of fair compensation in line with local laws and regulations.
Working hours and pay: Suppliers must ensure working hours comply with national laws and standards and should not expect workers to work (including overtime) in excess of hours set out in relevant working time legislation or other national legal limits unless an opt out has been chosen by the employee with appropriate supporting written evidence. Wages and benefits must meet legal minimums and industry standards without unauthorised deductions.
Health and safety: Suppliers must provide safe and clean conditions for workers. Clear procedures must be in place to ensure regulated occupational health, safety and wellbeing standards are adhered to.
Whistleblowing: Suppliers must have a comprehensive whistleblowing policy which allows workers to report any incidents or concerns anonymously, safely and without repercussion.
Protect our planet and minimise our environmental impact
We are committed to high standards of environmental responsibility in all of our operations. We act responsibly to prevent or mitigate the environmental impacts associated with our business activities. We expect our suppliers to do the same. We adhere to the three principles on the environment that are set out in the United Nations Global Compact: supporting a precautionary approach to environmental change, undertaking initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and encouraging the development and use of environmentally friendly technologies.
Compliance with laws: Suppliers should comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations, and standards.
Reduce adverse environmental impact: Suppliers should operate in an environmentally responsible manner to reduce the adverse environmental impacts associated with their products and services, and to provide visibility on progress towards this commitment. Where practicable, suppliers encourage the use of environmentally friendly technologies and practices and the reduction of negative environmental impacts throughout their supply chain.
Waste and emissions systems: Suppliers should have waste and emissions systems to ensure safe handling, movement, and storage/disposal of all wastes.
Transparent reporting: Suppliers should make reasonable efforts toward transparency and public disclosure of ESG and environment-related data and goals, including responding to requests for participation in disclosure programs (e.g., CDP questionnaires).
Hazardous materials: Suppliers should ensure chemicals, waste and other materials posing a hazard to humans or the environment are minimised, identified, labelled, and managed to ensure their safe handling, movement, storage, use, recycling or reuse and disposal.
Circular economy: Suppliers should support and promote a circular economy where practicable, including through the use of natural materials, recycled content and end-of-life takeback and reuse schemes.