Heidelberg Materials’ commitment to respect human rights in our business area and the supply chain is aligned with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. To cover human rights and environmental impacts that our activities might cause directly or indirectly, we use global values and internationally recognised standards as guidance, in particular:
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
- The International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights.
- The core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO); including, but not limited to, (i) the right to enjoy just and favourable conditions of work, including earning a living wage, (ii) the right not to be subject to forced or compulsory labour or child labour, (iii) the right to freedom of association and assembly as well as the rights to organise and collective bargaining, and (iv) the right of non-discrimination at work.
- The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
In all countries where national laws, rules, or customs deviate from international human rights standards, we will make every effort to observe the underlying principles reliably and adequately. As a minimum, we comply with applicable laws and regulations as the legal basis of our business activity. Also, for our operations in countries experiencing armed conflicts, we conduct our activities conflict-sensitively according to the standards set by International Humanitarian Law. As a Germany-based enterprise, we comply with the obligations set forth in the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Gesetz über die unternehmerischen Sorgfaltspflichten in Lieferketten).
This commitment is reflected in our Policy Statement on Human Rights resolved by the Managing Board of the Heidelberg Materials AG. We expect our employees and business partners worldwide to comply with the standards and guiding principles laid out in our policy statement.