OUR COMMITMENT TO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS
Holcim respects and promotes human rights in our own operations, supply chain and the communities where we operate. Our commitment to human rights is aligned with the principles and values contained in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and with the internationally recognized rights in the International Bill of Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as relevant laws.
Ongoing human rights due diligence, human rights impact assessments and stakeholder engagement are core elements of our human rights approach.
- As of today, all of our countries have a human rights assessment process in place and have defined action plans to address risks.
- 90% of our cement plants and grinding units already have regular and institutionalized stakeholder engagement activities such as community panels in place.
- As part of our work to identify risks and potential issues at site level, 100% of cement plants and grinding units in all countries will have human rights assessments, formal stakeholder engagement and action plans in place by the end of 2023.
- Through our sustainable procurement program, 95% of the procurement spend with high ESG risk suppliers is done with qualified suppliers.
- We conduct regular individual training for all country CEOs and relevant teams around the world. Our commitment is to train 10,000 people on human rights in online and in-person training programs every year. In 2022, we trained more than 12,000 people on human rights topics.
Our Human Rights Approach outlines how we implement our commitment to human rights. The aim of this approach is to ensure systematic identification, prevention, mitigation, monitoring and remediation of potential or actual risks and impacts to people. Such risks and impacts may occur as a result of our business activities and operations, or the activities of our business partners and suppliers. This methodology also helps countries to set priorities and plan effective follow-up actions.
Beyond our own operations, we require all our business partners to respect human rights. With our Sustainable Procurement program, we verify compliance with our Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers, identifying environmental, social and governance issues in our supply chain, and measures to prevent risks or address identified breaches.
We address complaints and grievances received through our global Integrity Line, as well as a number of site- and community-level grievance mechanisms.
As part of our efforts to create a regulatory level playing field, we support the implementation of regulatory frameworks that require mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence.
To make a bigger difference, Holcim is an active member of relevant international organizations dedicated to strengthening human rights in business. Holcim has been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2003 with Human Rights at the core of its agenda. As a board member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), our CEO Jan Jenisch joined its Call to Action for Business Leadership on Human Rights. Holcim is committed to the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, the WASH pledge, and the 2021 Eliminate Child Labour Action Pledge.
Salient human rights risks
We seek proactively to identify, prevent and mitigate potential or actual risks to people. We have identified seven salient risks: health and safety; working conditions in our operations and particularly our supply chain; discrimination and harassment; security-related abuses and violations; child labor in high-risk supply chains; dust and other emissions; and climate change and its impacts.