Open-standard communication solutions provider Aastra Technologies (TSX:AAH) has introduced a new ethical policy to which its manufacturing partners must adhere. The EthoSourcing policy, based on the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC), contains procedures for conforming to stringent guidelines on areas such as health and safety, treatment of staff and the environment.

Aastra's auditors are involved from the initial stage of partner selection through the lifetime of the contract. The company's partners are expected to comply with the ISO 9001 standard for sound management and the ISO 14001 standard regulating environmental impact on an organization's practices.

"Aastra's goal has always been to develop and market quality and competitively-priced communication products and systems for business markets," Rudy Scholaert, vice president of global supply management for Aastra, said in a statement. "At the core of this policy is our belief that products must be manufactured in a manner which promotes our concern for the human condition, especially given that we have expanded strategic partnerships in emerging markets."

Published on: Feb 1, 2008