Combatting Trafficking in Persons Policy

Praxair Combatting Trafficking in Persons Policy

Scope

This policy applies to Praxair, Inc., its wholly owned subsidiaries (“Praxair”), and any subcontractors engaged in the performance of any covered government contract.

Policy

Consistent with the zero tolerance policy of the United States Government regarding trafficking in persons, neither Praxair nor its employees will, in the performance of any work, including but not limited to covered government contracts:

  1. Engage in severe forms of trafficking in persons;
  2. Procure commercial sex acts; or
  3. Use forced labor.

Definitions

As used in this policy

  1. “Coercion” means:
    1. Threats of serious harm to or physical restraint against any person;
    2. Any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; or
    3. The abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.
  2. "Commercial sex act” means any sex act on account of which anything of value is given or received by any person.
  3. “Debt bondage” means the status or condition of a debtor arising from a pledge by the debtor of his or her personal services or of those of a person under his or her control as a security for debt, if the value of those services as reasonably assessed is not applied toward the liquidation of the debt or the length and nature of those services are not respectively limited and defined.
  4. “Employee” means a Praxair employee directly engaged in the performance of work under a covered government contract who has other than a minimal impact or involvement in contract performance.
  5. “Forced Labor” means knowingly providing or obtaining the labor or services of a person:
    1. By threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint against, that person or another person;
    2. By means of any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause the person to believe that, if the person did not perform such labor or services, that person or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint; or
    3. By means of the abuse or threatened abuse of law or the legal process.
  6. “Involuntary servitude” includes a condition of servitude induced by means of:
    1. Any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that, if the person did not enter into or continue in such conditions, that person or another person would suffer serious harm or physical restraint; or
    2. The abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process.
  7. “Severe forms of trafficking in persons” means —
    1. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
    2. The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
  8. “Sex trafficking” means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act.

Implementation

Praxair’s position regarding this policy is as follows:

  1. The both Praxair and the United States Government have a zero tolerance policy regarding trafficking in persons; and
  2. That employees who violate this policy are subject to removal from the performance of any covered government contract, and discipline up to and including summary termination of employment; and
  3. That subcontractors or covered government contracts that violate this policy are subject to immediate removal from the performance of that work and any additional remedies allowed by law or contract.

Copyright © Praxair Technology, Inc. 2009. All rights reserved. This is only a general summary of the major principles of the described policies, practices and procedures as of the date indicated, and is not a contract or other instrument under which enforceable rights arise. Praxair reserves the right to amend, revise, or terminate them at any time for any reason in its sole discretion.