Human rights is an important topic for our organization as we are a production-oriented organization with a worldwide network of production locations and suppliers. Our responsibility focuses not only on our own sphere of influence, but also on processes further down the supply chain. Every new supplier has to sign a social responsibility agreement as an appendix in the procurement agreement when it comes to protecting human rights. In particular, a new supplier has to commit compliance with the RBA/EICC Code of Conduct, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001.
Each supplier receives thereby an annual audit/ assessment regarding human rights themes such as no forced labor, no child labor, minimum wage compliance and, anti-discrimination. If the audit results are not up to the standard and there is no improvement after counseling or the relevant corrective measures are not implemented, there are different levels of penalty from cutting orders to disqualification of the supplier.