Our commitment to human rights

Declaration of Principles on Respect for Human Rights

We have a clear and unequivocal commitment to respect all internationally recognized human rights.

This principle forms the binding framework for action for all our employees. In addition, we focus not only on ourselves, our suppliers and our service providers, but also on the employees in our supply chains. We expect our business partners who supply us to comply with applicable laws and human rights conventions. Violations will not be tolerated by us and will be consistently prosecuted.

As a company, we see it as our responsibility to strengthen human rights and prevent human rights violations. We respect all aspects of internationally recognized human rights. These include in particular discrimination, occupational health and safety, freedom of association, fair pay, working hours, child labor and forced labor.

We recognize that appropriate human rights due diligence is an ongoing process in our own business operations and in our supply and value chains.

Our management is responsible for the implementation of and compliance with this “Declaration of Principles on Respect for Human Rights”. It oversees the implementation of and compliance with our declaration.

Our approach to implementing, managing and reviewing human rights issues is guided by the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). In terms of content, our approach is based in particular on the following internationally applicable standards, guidelines and frameworks:

  • United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN UDHR)
  • Conventions and recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on labor and social standards
  • Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CNC)
  • United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (UN-CEDAW)
  • Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

We are convinced that these must be socially self-evident in our values, but also that entrepreneurial success is only possible in the long term if human rights are recognized and protected.