GRI 408: Child labour
Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
Givaudan addresses the topic of Child labour through our approach to the material topic of Human rights. Respect for human rights is an essential guide to the right way to do business and a commitment to high ethical standards enables us to grow responsibly and share our success. All forms of child labour are against our principles.
Our Principles of Conduct stipulate that we do not practice or tolerate any form of child exploitation and that we do not provide employment to children before they have completed their compulsory education. This applies to employment within Givaudan and to the partners and suppliers with whom we work. We ensure that we respect human rights by acting with due diligence, as defined in the UN Guiding Principles for Business, and work with our suppliers to help them adhere to the same principles through our Responsible Sourcing Policy.
Our approach to child labour is rooted in our Principles of Conduct, which in turn reflect initiatives including the United Nations Global Compact, a framework that targets, among other goals, the elimination of forced, compulsory and child labour. These principles stipulate that we do not practice or tolerate any form of child exploitation. We do not provide employment to children before they have completed their compulsory education, as is stipulated in our Principles of Conduct and also in compliance with local employment laws. We do not engage with suppliers who exploit or use child or forced labour.
We endorse the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and base our human rights commitment on the International Bill of Human Rights, which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Fundamental Conventions on Rights at Work.
The basis of our ethical standards, specifically Responsible Corporate Citizenship, can be found in our Principles of Conduct, which is supported by policies and guidelines. We expect every employee to take personal accountability for upholding our principles in daily actions within their own sphere of influence and with business partners and stakeholders.
We are committed to the Ethical Trade Initiative Base Code, which states that there shall be no new recruitment of child labour; that companies shall develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes that provide for the transition of children from labour to quality education; and that people under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
We are committed to ensuring that our raw materials are sourced responsibly. For business partners and suppliers, our Responsible Sourcing Policy specifies that suppliers must not use child labour and that they are expected to comply with all reporting obligations regarding the abolition of child labour. Significant suppliers are assessed for risk. They are also expected to comply with all reporting obligations regarding the abolition of child labour and human trafficking.
All forms of child or forced labour are against our principles. This applies to employment within Givaudan and to the partners and suppliers with which we work. In 2019, we did not observe any case of child labour in our business in our due diligence review.