Our Position on Human Rights

Our Position on Human Rights

We embrace our responsibility to respect and support human rights. We abide by the letter and spirit of laws, rules and regulations that apply in the countries and communities where we do business. 

This policy, and compliance with ethics, nondiscrimination and related policies, are approved by our leadership and overseen by our board. In addition, our board works with senior leadership to provide oversight of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics including human rights. 

Our commitment is informed by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard recognized globally to define human rights and the responsibilities of government. Our environmental and social commitments also are informed by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). 

We are committed to upholding human rights and operating all aspects of our business in a responsible, honest, and ethical manner. This holds true, not only within our business, but throughout our sales and supply chain infrastructures. We engage with our customers and suppliers to ensure we respect all people with whom we come in contact as a business. 

What do these commitments mean for us? 

  • We respect all individuals and are committed to treating all of our associates with dignity and respect, and we expect the same of our suppliers and business partners. 
  • We treat people fairly and prohibit discrimination. 
  • We do not tolerate intimidation or harassment. 
  • We adhere to all legal requirements concerning voluntary employment, minimum age requirements and freedom of association and collective bargaining. 
  • We have processes in place to ensure we meet all legal requirements regarding voluntary employment and minimum working age. 
  • We comply with all applicable local and national laws concerning freedom of association and collective bargaining. We respect our associates’ rights to join, form, or not join a labor union. Where our associates are part of a legally recognized union, we bargain in good faith with the union representatives. 

Implementation and monitoring We have a robust reporting mechanism for associates who have concerns about ethical or human rights issues. All associates are trained to reach out if they have concerns, knowing they will not be retaliated against for doing so. Training on relevant policies is executed at orientation and periodically. 

All associates also have access to information on our ethics hotline and policy via our company-wide intranet site. This includes direct contact information to email, call or send mail confidentially, or anonymously if desired, to our Chief Ethics Officer and/or Audit Committee. 

The Audit Committee receives and reviews reports from the Chief Ethics Officer on at least a quarterly basis regarding those ethics and compliance incidents reported during the applicable period, as well as the status of any such ethics and compliance incidents that were reported but not resolved during a prior period.