At Oceanworks we view respect for the environment, individuals, and communities impacted by OW operations as a key business driver. We aim to build a marketplace where every product marked Oceanworks Guaranteed has been sourced in alignment with the principles of authenticity, transparency, ethical treatment and regulatory compliance.
Our Code of Conduct (COC) sets a standard for members of the community and guides business and operational activities within the network. Every company that joins must review and sign the COC to indicate their commitment to and compliance with these principles. If COC terms are found to have been violated the infringing companies may no longer be permitted to operate within the Oceanworks Marketplace.
1. Material Quality and Authenticity
We are honest about the composition and sources of our material. Source materials are free from heavy metal, biological, and chemical contamination. Our collection areas and production facilities are not contaminated by biological or chemical hazards. We protect biodiversity, respect traditional water and land use, and mitigate emissions in our business activities.
2. Supply Chain Transparency
Transparency is important to us. We keep accurate records to support chain-of-custody tracking and impact metrics. Our documentation accurately reflects our transactions. We keep thorough records of the content and sources of materials entering and exiting our facility. Information is tracked on material, energy, and water utilization in our processes. Current operating procedures for business operations, environmental stewardship, and social compliance are maintained.
3. Ethical Treatment of People and Planet
We see that the treatment of the people and places impacted by our supply chain drives the quality of the end product. We support and respect human rights. We have zero tolerance for forced labor including slavery, human trafficking, involuntary, prison labor, or individuals compelled to work through physical threat. Our working environments are kept clean and safe. We respect the environment and meet chemical restrictions, safety labeling, and proper storage and handling to minimize and mitigate the release of chemicals into the environment. We continually innovate to improve the environment and strengthen the circular economy.
4. Regulatory and Business Compliance
We obey the law. Obeying the law is essential to accomplishing our mission and creating an ethical marketplace for recycled ocean plastics. It is our responsibility as a global organization to comply with all applicable laws locally and internationally. We perform our business with integrity. While we compete aggressively, we do so fairly and ethically. Corruption is not tolerated nor do we offer or accept bribes or extortion of any form. We comply with all laws and regulations that support fair competition and integrity in the marketplace.
The Oceanworks COC is based on work by many others. Please see the footnotes for a full list of sources referenced in the creation of this document.
The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
International Labor Organization
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