A basis for all organic farming is global solidarity. By adding better working conditions to the KRAV Standards, KRAV goes a step further. Working conditions are not addressed at all in the EU regulation for organic production.
BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AT KRAV-CERTIFIED PRODUCTION IN SWEDEN
The KRAV Standards are based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Sweden, the standards primarily mean that companies must comply with both Swedish legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights. A KRAV-certified company must ensure that employees:
- receive an employment contract in a language they understand
- are not subject to discrimination
- receive a salary according to a collective agreement or standard in the profession or industry
- have working hours according to a collective agreement
- do not get hurt or sick from working
- have safe and hygienic living conditions
BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS FOR PRODUCTIONS OUTSIDE OF SWEDEN FOR PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE KRAV-LABELLED
Organic products brought in from countries with weak social legislation and inspection must comply with the KRAV extra requirements for better working conditions in order to be KRAV-labelled. For example, human rights violations in connection with production are prohibited, employees should have the right to organize, children under the age of 15 must not be employed, and work under slave-like conditions is prohibited.
If the product is imported or brought in from countries within the EU or EEA area, Switzerland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan, the KRAV-certified company must assess risks in the supply chain and work to promote good working conditions. If the product is imported from another country than the ones mentioned above, an independent inspection must be made where production takes place to check that KRAV’s additional requirements for better working conditions are complied with.