Respect in the workplace

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We must treat all of our colleagues and business partners inclusively, with dignity, and with respect

What we believe

We believe that fundamental labour rights should be respected including freedom of association, the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour, the effective abolition of child labour, and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

This reflects our support for the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

We comply with all relevant labour laws, codes and regulations.

Promoting equality and diversity

We are dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all our employees and to creating an inclusive workforce by promoting employment equality. We harness diversity to strengthen our business. We respect and celebrate each other‘s differences and value what makes each of us unique.

We must treat colleagues as we expect to be treated and respect their characteristics and opinions.

We must not allow race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, class, religion, politics, smoking habits, or any other characteristic protected by law to influence our judgement when it comes to the recruitment, development, advancement or retirement of any employee.

This reflects our support for ILO Convention 111 which sets out fundamental principles concerning the elimination of discrimination in the workplace.

Preventing harassment and bullying

All aspects of harassment and bullying are completely unacceptable. We are committed to removing any such actions or attitudes from the workplace.

Harassment and bullying includes, but is not limited to, any form of sexual, verbal, non-verbal and physical behaviour which is abusive, humiliating or intimidating.

If we witness or experience such behaviour, or behaviour that is unacceptable in any other way, we should report it to our line manager.

We seek to provide a climate of confidence where employees can raise issues and aim for a swift resolution to the satisfaction of all concerned.

To this end, we encourage employees to familiarise themselves with their local grievance procedures.

Safeguarding employee well-being

We place a high value on the well-being of our employees and are committed to providing a safe working environment to prevent accidents and injury, and to minimise workplace health risks.
Group companies must:
  • adopt health and safety policies and procedures consistent with our Global EHS Policy or national law (whichever is the higher)

  • work together with their employees to ensure that health and safety is maintained and improved

  • strive to support employees‘ work/life balance.

We will work continuously to maximise the physical security of our employees worldwide, ensuring that our policies and standards are understood, and that training is provided so everyone is aware of the health, safety and security issues and requirements relevant to their work.

We encourage Group companies to explore and adopt family friendly policies according to local practice.

Who to talk to

Your line manager
Higher management
Your local LEX Counsel
Head of Compliance: