GRI 412: Human rights assessment
Explanation of the material topic and its boundary
Respect for human rights is an essential guide to the right way of doing business. A commitment to high ethical standards, as well as transparency and honesty in our dealings with customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we operate, enables us to grow responsibly and share our success.
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 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.
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.
In addition to the Principles of Conduct, all of our efforts and commitments around social responsibility, human rights and ethical business aspects and corresponding progress can be found in our Responsible Sourcing Policy, Commitment to Social Responsibility Position Statement, and also in our annual UK Slavery Act and California Transparency Act statements.
Human Rights Impact Assessment in our operations and supply chain is managed through continuous engagement and diverse interventions, which are embedded in many of our standard operating procedures and practices. The focus of these assessments ranges from high-level due diligence to covering more salient aspects, in particular those relating to health, safety or child labour.
Givaudan is an active member of Sedex, a global platform which incorporates human rights risks in its assessments. Since 2010, all manufacturing sites have been registered on Sedex and completed Sedex self-assessment questionnaires, which we review each year. We also participate in the EcoVadis CSR assessments, disclosing detailed information around our business practices on Human Rights and Labour aspects besides environment, ethics and responsible procurement.