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Do not accept discrimination in regard to race, skin colour, religion, political or sexual orientation, gender, national origin or social rank or status. Workers should be hired because of their ability to do the job and not because of their individual characteristics. Creating and fostering equality and endorsing equal rights should be the sound base for any company. Female applicants are not to be tested for pregnancy and not to be discriminated in your hiring, advancement, discipline or retirement practises.

The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Discrimination is not only cruel to individuals, minority groups and people in general, but is also a source of unstable social relations, affecting not only businesses but also communities negatively. NICE urges working against discrimination in any form.


  • Have an employment policy that prohibits discrimination
  • Communicate this policy to your subcontractors and to relevant HR and management staff
  • Train your staff on non-discrimination policies and practises
  • If the policy is violated have an action plan for how to remove the discriminatory elements
  • Have a policy that prohibits discrimination against pregnant women
  • Encourage flexible work options to support women who have multiple roles such as being the primary caregiver for young and elderly
  • Pay equal remuneration, including benefits, for work of equal value and strive to pay a living wage to all women and men
  • Provide a favourable environment for all pregnant workers in accordance with ILO No. 183, such as granting six weeks leave before and after the presumed date of confinement and a job that is compatible with the worker’s physical condition from the moment she is informed about the pregnancy until 120 days after childbirth

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