Epicurean’s philosophy, “If it’s not right, it’s wrong”, will help guide you through any situation you may find yourself in while working with us. It guides our every move, including how we expect our business partners to treat their employees and the communities in which they live and do business. By following the comments of our customers, the suggestions of our employees, and the spirit of Epicurean, we will continually strive to improve our services.
Every effort is extended to prepare each employee to perform effectively, to encourage their individual growth and to keep communication lines open with the management and owners. We value our carefully selected employees as the greatest strength of our organization.
Epicurean makes cutting boards and kitchen tools which are made from a material which is both durable and eco-friendly, and we use production process that minimize and recycle waste. This requires a healthy environment both inside and out, which is attainable only if our communities are healthy and their citizens have a right to freedom and well being. For us, a commitment to promoting products made in USA is a source of pride, and protecting human rights and personal health and safety is essential to doing responsible business. We believe relationships should be built on integrity and respect.
We have developed a workplace Code of Conduct, detailed below, so that our expectations are clear to our employees, suppliers and retailers.
Non-Discrimination: No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.
Harassment or Abuse: Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
Forced Labor: There shall be no use of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forms of forced labor.
Child Labor: No person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher.
Health and Safety: Employers shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation and employer facilities. The employer shall take a proactive approach to health and safety by including policies, systems and training designed to help prevent accidents, injuries and protect worker health.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Workers must be free to join organizations of their own choice. Employers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Wages & Benefits: Employers shall recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Employers shall pay employees at least the minimum wage required by local law. Employers shall provide mandated benefits as directed by the laws of the country.
Hours of Work: Except in extraordinary business circumstances, employees shall not be required to work more than the lesser of 60 hours per week or the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture. Except in extraordinary circumstances, employees shall be entitled to at least one day of rest in every 7-day period.
Overtime Compensation: In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
Employment Relationship: Employers shall adopt and adhere to rules and conditions of employment that respect workers and, at a minimum, safeguard their rights under national and international labor and social security laws and regulations.