OIPA’s ETHIC CODE for corporate partnerships
OIPA’s ethic code contains the basic principles which have to be respected by the entities wishing to establish any kind of cooperation with the organization.
- The company has to respect the animal rights enshrined in the National, European and International Law.
- The company must not be conducive, or contribute in any way, to the animal mistreatment, or have partnerships with other companies that conduct activities involving cruelty to animals, regardless of the scope of such mistreatment.
- The company has to protect the environment to the maximum of its possibilities, with the aim of protecting the ecosystem’s delicate balance, to ensure humans, animals and plants’ health. To guarantee such protection, the company should comply with national and international protocols for the compliance with social and environmental standards; curbing polluting emissions; committing to avoid any negative impact on the environment and on the communities in which it operates; using resources in a responsible, diligent and optimizing way in order to avoid waste and ostentation, and to better ensure, in the use of materials and services, including external ones, the respect for the environment in a sustainable development perspective.
- The company has to be against vivisection and to the use of animals in scientific experimentation.
- The company must not be beneficial, or in any way commit or facilitate, the illegal trade of animals or animal parts (such as ivory, tusks, skins) that are imported such as hunting trophies.
- The company must not be engaged in activities that cause damage and/or suffering to animals.
- The company must not be favourable, and therefore must not be financed, zoos, circuses with animals, hunting, fishing, bullfights, popular festivals that involve the use and exploitation of animals, nor should support and/or provide instrumentation and equipment for such activities.
- The company shall not be involved and/or support activities which, despite not cause suffering or mistreatment to animals, have the power to rise an economic advantage derived from the exploitation or use of animals (e.g. circuses, zoos , shops selling animals, furriers, butcher’s shops) excluding those activities which, while taking advantage of economic or professional nature, have as their aim the improvement of animal welfare (e.g. veterinarians, veterinary clinics, pet shops selling items).
- The company must not be involved or market products, even unfinished, made in Italy or abroad, involving the use and/or exploitation of humans and/or animals, including and especially cosmetics testing.
- The company must not produce, neither directly nor indirectly, animal-derived foods intended for human consumption.