Ethical Policy

A Box of Stories



1. Purpose


1.1 A Box of Stories (“the Company”) is committed to the practice of

responsible corporate behaviour.

1.2 Through its business practices, the Company seeks to protect and promote

the human rights and basic freedoms of all its employees and partners.

1.3 Further the Company is committed to protecting the rights of all of those

whose work contributes to the success of the Company, including those

employees and agents of suppliers to the Company.

1.4 The Company is also committed to eliminating bribery and corruption. It is

essential that all employees and persons associated with the Company

adhere to this policy and abstain from giving or receiving bribes of any form.

1.5 This policy is non-exhaustive, and all aspects of the Company’s business

should be considered in the spirit of this policy.


2. Human Rights


2.1 The Company is vehemently opposed to the use of slavery in all forms; cruel,

inhuman or degrading punishments; and any attempt to control or reduce

freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

2.2 The Company will ensure that all of its employees, agents and contractors are

entitled to their human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human

Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.

2.3 The Company will not enter into any business arrangement with any person,

company or organisation which fails to uphold the human rights of its workers

or who breach the human rights of those affected by the organisation’s



3. Workers’ Rights


3.1 The Company is committed to complying with all relevant employment

legislation and regulations. The Company regards such regulations and

legislation as the minimum rather than the recommended standard.

3.2 No worker should be discriminated against on the basis of age, gender, race,

sexual orientation, religion or beliefs, gender reassignment, marital status or

pregnancy. All workers should be treated equally. Workers with the same

experience and qualifications should receive equal pay for equal work.

3.3 No worker should be prevented from joining or forming a staff association or

trade union, nor should any worker suffer any detriment as a result of joining,

or failing to join, any such organisation.

3.4 Workers should be aware of the terms and conditions of their employment or

engagement from the outset. In particular workers must be made aware of the

wage that they receive, when and how it is to be paid, the hours that they must

work and any legal limit which exists for their protection and any overtime

provisions. Workers should also be allowed such annual leave, sick leave,

maternity / paternity leave and such other leave as is granted by legislation as

a minimum.

3.5 The Company does not accept any corporal punishment, harassment in any

form, or bullying in any form.


4. Environmental Issues


4.1 The Company is committed to keeping the environmental impact of its

activities to a minimum and has established sustainability as a core operating principle.

4.2 As an absolute minimum, the Company will ensure that it meets all applicable environmental laws in whichever jurisdiction it may be operating.


5. Conflicts of Interest


5.1 The Company holds as fundamental to its success the trust and confidence

of those with whom it deals, including clients, suppliers and employees. Conflicts

of interest potentially undermine the relationship of the Company with its



5.2 All officers, employees and representatives of the Company are expected to

act honestly and within the law.


6. Information and Confidentiality


6.1 Information received by employees, contractors or agents of the Company

will not be used for any personal gain, nor will it be used for any purpose beyond

that for which it was given.

6.2 The Company will process any personal data collected in accordance with its Data Protection Policy.


8. Suppliers and Partners


8.1 The Company expects all suppliers and partners to work towards and uphold

similar ethical and moral standards.

8.2 The Company reserves the right to request information from suppliers

regarding the production and sources of goods supplied.

8.3 The Company reserves the right to withdraw from any agreement or other

arrangement with any supplier or partner who is found to have acted in

contravention of the spirit or principles of this Ethical Policy.


9. Bribery and Corruption


9.1 The Company is fundamentally opposed to any acts of bribery and to the

making of facilitation payments.

9.2 Employees and any other persons associated with the Company such as

agents, subsidiaries and business partners are not permitted to either offer or

receive any type of bribe and/or facilitation payment.

9.3 All employees are encouraged to report any suspicion of corruption or

bribery within the Company.

9.4 In the event that an individual reports suspected instances of bribery, the

Company will process any personal data collected in accordance with its Data

Protection Policy. Data collected will be held securely and accessed by, and

disclosed to, individuals only for the purposes of dealing with the report of


9.5 If an employee or associated person is found guilty of giving or receiving a

bribe, he/she will be personally criminally liable and may be subject to

disciplinary action.

9.6 Anyone found guilty of bribery, will be responsible for bearing any related

remedial costs such as losses, court fees or expenses.