Human Rights

Social sustainability starts by ensuring our people and suppliers share our values and adhere to our standards of human rights.

Our commitment means relentlessly maintaining a diverse, inclusive and safe work environment and supply chain. Everywhere we operate, we comply with laws and regulations and promote human rights principles that are shaped by international organizations, such as the International Labor Organization and United Nations. Our Global Human Rights Policy prohibits child and forced labor, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and addresses freedom of association, work environment standards, compensation and employee privacy.

Standards for working conditions and human rights are also advanced through our Code of Conduct and Business Partner Code of Conduct. Through our Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, we committed to ensure human trafficking and forced labor are not taking place in our supply chain or business. The standards outlined in our policy and statement are fundamental to how we do business in accordance with our sustainability vision and core values. 

Implementing and Promoting our Policy

We make our policy available to all employees and promote it through our Code of Conduct. In 2018, we implemented a full training course on anti-human trafficking. Salaried employees in roles such as Legal, Human Resources and Global Integrated Supply Chain were assigned relevant courses based on function and associated risks. Among the selected groups, we conducted approximately 1,440 hours of training on anti-human trafficking in 2019.

Beyond our operations, we communicate our standards through our Business Partner Code of Conduct (BPCoC). 100% of new suppliers agree to uphold our expectations as part of our standard purchase agreement, including our terms on human rights and labor practices.

This year, we formalized our process for on-site assessments of our supplier ESG practices, including human rights. We also established a Global Procurement Sustainability Council to work with suppliers on improving conditions and addressing any noncompliance. Read more about our supply chain management, BPCoC and on-site assessments in supply chain transparency and performance. 

Grievance Mechanisms

As outlined in our Code of Conduct, we encourage all employees who believe our policy has been violated to report their concerns through our Ethics HelpLine; we do not tolerate retaliatory actions. External stakeholders, including business partners, may also report any known or suspected violations through the Ethics HelpLine. All reports are investigated, and actions are taken to ensure compliance.

Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination

As part of our human rights policy, we do not allow any form of discrimination, and we expect the same from our business partners. This standard is ever more important as shifting demographics reshape the global workforce.

To help foster an inclusive workplace, we train 100% of our salaried employees worldwide on anti-harassment annually. Additionally, we make our anti-harassment policy accessible for all our employees — our U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Harassment or Discrimination Policy and Procedures are available to our U.S.-based employees through our Intranet portal.

Read more about our company culture and commitment to workforce diversity and inclusion

Anti-Harassment Data 2019 2018 2017
Target Actual Target Actual Target Actual
U.S. salaried employees trained on anti-harassment 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employees able to access anti-harassment policy 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%