GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labour
Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
Givaudan addresses the topic of Forced or compulsory labour through its 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 forced or compulsory labour are against our principles.
We ensure that we respect human rights by acting with due diligence, as defined in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. We also work with our suppliers to help them adhere to the same principles.
We respect, protect, and fulfil human rights within our sphere of influence and contribute to eradicating inequality and unfair labour conditions wherever we do business. We strive to make a positive impact on the communities in which we are present. Specifically, we are particularly opposed to all forms of forced labour.
Our Principles of Conduct stipulate that we do not practice or tolerate any form of forced labour. We do not engage with suppliers who exploit or use 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.
For business partners and suppliers, our Responsible Sourcing Policy specifies that suppliers must not use forced labour and are expected to comply with all reporting obligations regarding the abolition of human trafficking. Significant suppliers are assessed for risk.
All forms of forced labour are against our principles. Our Principles of Conduct stipulate that we do not practice or tolerate any form of forced labour and that we do not provide employment to children before they have completed their compulsory education and in compliance with local employment laws. This applies to employment within Givaudan and to the partners and suppliers with whom we work. In 2019, we did not observe any cases of forced labour in our business in our due diligence review.