True sustainability requires a company to understand and manage their human rights impact in a proactive manner. As an internationally operating company we feel responsible for the people and communities that are touched by our business.
Although human rights are expressed and guaranteed by national law, globalisation has made them a matter that goes beyond the responsibility of states. Large companies, who work and source worldwide, play a key role in the promotion and protection of human rights.
For this reason the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were developed. The endorsement of the Guiding Principles in 2011 marked a milestone in the decades-long debate about how human rights apply to business. The Guiding Principles express very clearly that the implementation of human rights in the supply chain is a global expectation of all companies and not a voluntary effort a single company may decide to engage in.
The scope of human rights in the WE Program
The WE Program has been designed around the core conventions of the ILO (International Labour Organization), the International Human Rights Conventions and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
It focuses on those areas with the greatest need for improvement:
- Wages and Working time
- Freedom of Association and Worker Representation
- Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Modern Slavery and Child Labour