Human Rights Policy

Progress Packaging Limited,

Progress Packaging is fully committed to human rights in the workplace. Our commitment includes respecting the dignity and worth of all employees, as we want to encourage everyone to reach their full potential with us and look forward to the work they do.

As part of this promise, we are a committed equal employer who recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates and administers all personnel actions without regard to any legally protected status. We are committed to protecting the human rights of all our colleagues and of everyone who receives direct or indirect services from us. As a responsible and ethical organisation, we fully support the principles of the Human Rights Act and all associated legislation.

This policy has been considered against the Modern Slavery Act, the International Bill of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

This Human Rights Policy applies to all Progress Packaging staff .We also expect our suppliers to respect and adhere to this policy, which is addressed in our Supplier Code of Conduct.

This policy sits alongside our Employee Handbook, Health and Safety Policy, Supplier Code of Conduct and Third-Party Code of Conduct.


As a business, our Human Rights Policy commits to the following:

  • Child Labour: Progress Packaging do not use child labour and we comply with all relevant laws in this regard. We do, however support legitimate workplace apprenticeships, internships and other similar programmes that comply with the applicable laws and regulations.
  • Modern slavery: Progress Packaging has a Zero tolerance policy on Modern Slavery in all its formats. We commit not to make use of any forced labour or debt-bondage labour in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act. We have a zero-tolerance approach towards human trafficking. Our full policy is available on request
  • Health, Safety and Hygiene: All Progress Packaging employees work in an environment that is both safe and healthy, in line with our Health and Safety Policy.
  • Discipline: Progress Packaging prohibits absolutely any form of physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation. Disciplinary and grievance procedures are clearly documented and communicated to all employees in our Employee Handbook, under “Grievance Process” As per the process, all disciplinary measures of a serious nature are recorded and actioned.
  • Freedom of Association and Employee Representation: Progress Packaging recognises that all of its employees have the right to form and join organisations of their own choosing as long as this does not contravene our External Appointments Guidance and process Policy, which ensures our independence , in line with the regulatory requirements of our business. Progress packaging takes active measures to seek employees’ views about the business, respect employees’ rights to belong to trace unions and fully complies with our legal obligation to inform and consult employees.
  • Working Hours: Progress Packaging ensure that working hours comply with the law and industry standards. As per our flexibility policies in our employee handbook, we do everything we can to give you the flexibility you need for work-life balance.
  • Equality of Treatment: Progress Packaging is fully committed to eliminating discrimination in recruitment, training and working conditions, on grounds of race, colour, sex, age, religion, political opinion, national extraction, sexual orientation, disability or social origin and to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment as outlined in the Employment Handbook. As per every Employee Job Posting of ours, we welcome anyone and everyone to our business.
  • Employment terms: Progress Packaging provides written and clear contracts which detail the terms and conditions of its staff employment. We ensure that work performed by employees is always on the basis of recognised employment law and practice.
  • Remuneration: Progress Packaging always provides wages and benefits that meet national standards. We are an accredited Living Wage employer, which also extends to any outsourced services and third-party contractors we may use. We provide employees with clear written information on their pay and working conditions. As a business, we prohibit deductions on employees’ wages as a disciplinary measure, and we are committed to equal pay and benefits for all genders for work of equal value

In line with the above, we continually seek new ways to support the promotion of human rights within our operations and sphere of influence.

This policy will be reviewed periodically