Human Rights Policies and Values
Human rights are fundamental rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, citizenship status, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. Astec respects human rights in all of our activities and supports the principles set forth in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are committed to extending our human rights policies to address the protection of minority groups’ rights and women’s rights. As an international company, Astec expects all stakeholders will work toward reducing the risk of potential human rights violations.
Only suppliers who comply with the expectations detailed in Astec's Core Values, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Conflict Minerals Policy, California Transparency in Supply Chain Act and contract terms and conditions will be permitted to supply materials or services to Astec. Astec verifies its supply chain through the supplier onboarding and contracting process and under our Conflict Minerals program. As part of those programs, Astec's suppliers are expected to respect all individuals and promote the core values of dignity and honor in their operations. This includes zero tolerance for human trafficking and illegal labor practices in the supply chain. Those organizations that don’t follow our rigorous standards will not be permitted to do business with Astec.
Human Trafficking and Child Labor
Astec verifies its supply chain through the supplier onboarding and contracting process and under our Conflict Minerals program. As part of those programs, Astec's suppliers are expected to respect all individuals and promote the core values of dignity and honor in their operations. This includes zero tolerance for human trafficking and illegal labor practices in the supply chain.
We believe in and provide competitive compensation packages to attract, motivate and retain employees. Astec believes in fair market based pay and through external benchmarking, we study each market to ensure our level of competitiveness. In addition to base wages, we provide additional benefits for the well-being of our employees and their families.
Freedom of Association
We comply with laws governing the rights of workers to form and join labor associations of their own choosing and bargain collectively. We also respect the right of workers to refrain from such activities. We encourage our employees to openly communicate and share ideas and concerns with management regarding working conditions and management practices without fear of discrimination, reprisal, intimidation, or harassment.
Astec believes the fair and equitable treatment of employees, customers and suppliers and other persons is critical to fulfilling its visions and goals. It is the policy of Astec to conduct its business, and to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer, layoff, recall and terminate employees, without regard to the race, color, religion, gender identity, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability of such person, or any other classification protected by applicable law. It is the policy of Astec to recruit, hire, train, promote, assign, transfer, layoff, recall and terminate employees based on their own ability, achievement, experience and conduct and other legitimate business reasons. Astec is proud of its work environment, and we will continually take steps to maintain a pleasant work environment for all of our employees and at all of our locations. It is the company's policy that employees treat each other with courtesy, consideration and professionalism. Astec will not tolerate harassment of any employee by any other employee or supervisor for any reason. In addition, harassment for any discriminatory reason, such as race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age or religion, is prohibited by state and federal laws, which may subject the company and/or the individual harasser to liability for any such unlawful conduct. The company prohibits not only unlawful harassment, but also other unprofessional actions. Accordingly, derogatory racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, sexual or other inappropriate remarks, slurs or jokes will not be tolerated.
Diversity contributes to the Astec Culture in a way that can enhance perspective and judgment through diversity in gender, age, ethnic background, geographic origin, and professional experience. We strive for gender equity and diversity at every level of our organization and value a strong Board of Directors and executive management team who represent diversity in thinking and perspective.
We recognize and respect the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all indigenous peoples. We act consistently with these principles when conducting our business activities around the world and expect the same from our suppliers and other business partners.
Water as a Fundamental Human Right
In accordance with Article 25 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and family. In addition to the listed items in Article 25, Astec believes that access to clean water is also a fundamental human right.
All employees are required to review the company’s Code of Ethics and Conduct policy and acknowledge compliance with it. Key stakeholders also acknowledge it annually. Human rights awareness courses are provided through our online training systems. To learn more click here.