Ethics Policy

This Ethics Policy serves as a guideline for all of Made by Bridge's business practices. Through our business practises, we seek to support the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Our position on Human Rights reflects the core requirements of the UDHR, such as freedom from torture, unjustified imprisonment, unfair trial and other oppression. It also includes freedom of expression, religion and political or other representation.

Human Rights

On the basis of this policy, we will not provide support to, or work with, businesses or organisations which fail to uphold basic human rights within their sphere of influence. We recognise that businesses have the opportunity to ensure that human rights are upheld in all those aspects of their operations that they could reasonably expect to control. These can include:

  • Direct control, such as labour conditions within their factories, for example, or use of land for their operations
  • More indirect influence, for example, companies occupying positions of strategic importance within a country often have opportunities to affect positive social change beyond their own operations

Businesses or organisations with links to an oppressive regime - regimes where basic human rights, as set out in the UDHR, are denied in a systematic manner over time. By "links to an oppressive regime," we mean:

  • Businesses operating in states governed by oppressive regimes, whose activities are considered to support or benefit the regime, usually at the expense of the indigenous population
  • Businesses using state security forces or supplying arms to state security forces within an oppressive regime

Arms Trade

We will not provide support to, or work with, businesses or organisations involved in the manufacture or transfer of armaments to oppressive regimes, including:

  • Companies which manufacture for, or sell to oppressive regimes, systems or products that kill, maim or destroy
  • Companies who issue licences for the production of armaments for oppressive regimes
  • Individuals or organisations involved in the brokerage of armaments to oppressive regimes
  • Companies which export products to oppressive regimes that, while not designed to kill, maim or destroy, are parts for equipment which have a battlefield application or are essential to the operation of a weapon, such as radar and electronic warfare, military communications and armour

We will not provide support to, or work with, businesses or organisations involved in the manufacture of torture equipment or other equipment that is used in the violation of human rights, including business which:

  • Manufacture torture equipment, including electroshock batons and leg irons
  • Manufacture equipment used for execution purposes
  • Manufacture and export to oppressive regimes equipment that could be used in the violation of human rights, including water canons, security equipment and surveillance equipment

Global Trade

We advocate and support the Fundamental International Labour Organisation Conventions. These Conventions are the most widely-accepted standards for minimum labour rights and cover the use of forced labour, use of child labour, collective bargaining and freedom of association.

We will seek to support businesses or organisations that take a responsible position with regard to:

  • Fair trade
  • Labour rights in their own operations and through their supply chains in developing countries

We will not provide support to, or work with, businesses or organisations whose activities include:

  • Irresponsible marketing practices in developing countries, including inappropriate marketing to children
  • Inappropriate financial trading methods
  • Tobacco product manufacture or distribution

Genetic Modification

We will not provide support to, or work with, businesses or organisations involved in the development, distribution or marketing of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) where, in particular, the following activities are evident:

  • Uncontrolled release of GMOs into the environment
  • Any negative impacts on developing countries such as the imposition of technologies that genetically engineer sterility into crop plants, for no other purpose than to protect and enforce corporate patents on GM seeds

Animal Welfare

We will not provide support to, or work with, business or organisations that carry out animal testing or other animal cruelty.