Human Rights and Labor Practices
Advanced Energy and its affiliates (“AE”) are committed to uphold the human rights of workers and to treat them with dignity and respect as understood by the international community. This applies to all workers including temporary, migrant, student, contract, direct employees, and any other type of worker. In addition, AE requires members of our global supply chain who provide parts and assemblies to our manufacturing facilities (which we refer to as direct suppliers) to be audited by the Advanced Energy supplier quality department to ensure they are in compliance with AE policy.
AE is committed to equal opportunity in all phases of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, training, education, and social and recreational programs. Advanced Energy management bases employment decisions strictly on qualifications, skills, and performance.
Without exception, as a global company, AE does not engage in any form of forced, bonded (including debt bondage) or indentured labor, involuntary prison labor, slavery, or trafficking of persons. This includes transporting, harboring, recruiting, transferring, or receiving persons by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, or fraud for labor or services. AE does not place any unreasonable restrictions on workers’ freedom of movement in the facility in addition to unreasonable restrictions on entering or exiting company-provided facilities. All work is voluntary, and workers are free to leave work at any time or terminate their employment.
AE does not destroy, conceal, confiscate, or deny access by employees to their identity or immigration documents, such as government-issued identification, passports, or work permits unless such holdings are required by law.
AE does not engage in the use of child labor. AE may engage in legitimate student educational programs and ensures proper management of student workers through proper maintenance of student records, rigorous due diligence of educational partners, and protection of students’ rights in accordance with applicable law and regulations. AE provides appropriate support and training to all student workers.
AE pays compensation to its workers that comply with all applicable wage laws, including those relating to minimum wages, overtime hours, and legally mandated benefits. In compliance with local laws, workers are compensated for overtime at pay rates greater than regular, hourly rates. Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure is not permitted. For each pay period, workers are provided with a timely and understandable wage statement that includes sufficient information to verify accurate compensation for work performed.
No harsh or inhumane treatment including any sexual harassment, sexual abuse, corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion, or verbal abuse of workers is tolerated.
AE is committed to a workforce free of harassment and unlawful discrimination. AE does not engage in discrimination based on race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, union membership, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or marital status in hiring and employment practices, such as wages, promotions, rewards, and access to training. Workers are provided with reasonable accommodation for religious practices.
In conformance with local law, AE respects the right of all workers to form and join trade unions of their own choosing, to bargain collectively, and to engage in peaceful assembly as well as respect the right of workers to refrain from such activities. Workers and/or their representatives are able to openly communicate and share ideas and concerns with management regarding working conditions and management practices without fear of discrimination, reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.
Open communication and direct interaction between employees and management is key to a positive employment environment. Employees are free to participate and express themselves in discussion groups, forums, or other communication channels.
Taking action to prevent problems is part of the AE culture, and AE encourages the reporting of possible questionable conduct. AE actively informs reporting options through our policies, training, posters, internal communications, and announcements. Communications can be made directly to our management staff or through our third-party reporting tool at www.advancedenergy.ethicspoint.com.