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Respect for human rights

To respect Human Rights

As part of our code of ethics, the respect for human rights is one of our key commitments, underscored by the signature of the Global Compact in 2003. In addition to training our international human resources heads, every two years since 2007 we assess the practices of our subsidiaries with more than ten staff members.

  • We took a further step forward in 2015 by applying a system of ethical, social, and environmental audits, the Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA) by Intertek, to our industrial sites in at-risk regions. Conducted every two years, these audits are particularly stringent. Sites with compliance scores of under 70% are subject to a follow-up audit and any non-compliance leads to an action plan. The Human Resources and Audit and Organization departments verify these action plans.
  • In 2016, in the system’s first year of application, five sites were audited in Colombia, China (SSEAC) and Vietnam, all of them achieving good results.
  • In 2017, ten audits have been scheduled at our industrial and logistics sites in Russia, India, China and Vietnam.
2015

We made a further step forward in 2015 by introducing Workplace condition assessment by Intertek at our industrial sites located in at-risk areas. These ethical, social and environmental audits, carried out every two years, are particularly stringent. Sites with compliance scores of under 70% are subject to a follow-up audit and any non-compliance gives rise to an action plan. The implementation of these action plans is then verified by the Human Resources and Audit and Organization departments.

2016

In 2016, in the system’s first year of application, five sites were audited in Colombia, China (SSEAC) and Vietnam, all of them achieving good results. Three out of the five earned an overall compliance score of over 85% and no cases of zero-tolerance non-compliance were reported. The two Colombian sites, Cajica and Rionegro, obtained the Achievement Award label with compliance ratings of over 90% with no major cases of non-compliance.

2017

In 2017, eight sites were audited in Russia, China, Colombia and Vietnam. Five of the sites posted an overall compliance rating of over 80% and four of them earned the Achievement Award label.