Imerys supports human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and requires that they are respected in its operations worldwide. The Group verifies that these principles are observed through audit assignments carried out by internal auditors.
The Imerys Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, published in 2006, summarizes the principles that the Group expects of all of its employees, and the contractors, suppliers and other partners with whom it has forged close relations. The Code is regularly amended to take into account the geographic expansion of the Group’s activities, developments in its regulatory framework and compliance with the best practices of comparable corporations. It is designed to lead everyone, in his or her daily work, to behave in accordance with local legislation and observe the principles of responsibility, integrity, fairness and openness that are the Group’s values.
Imerys complies with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and monitors the risk associated with the Group’s swift growth in emerging countries. The Group has placed special importance awareness and prevention of child labor since 2009: Operations managers on all Imerys operations in zones where vigilance is particularly recommended by indices such as FTSE4Good are trained in the relevant regulations. Application of the Child Labor protocol is systematically checked in the internal audits performed in those countries. In 2012, five suppliers operating in zones determined to be sensitive in terms of child labor underwent an audit to evaluate their compliance with international standards. In 2013, the Group conducted supplier screening based on location and spending at the business divisional level. A formal supplier query and confirmation letter for compliance with the ILO Conventions on Child Labor and Force Labor was used to engage the suppliers that comprised more than 10% of the divisional spending and that were located in the “Countries of Concern”. In 2014, the threshold has been lowered from “10%” to “5%” of the divisional spending and will be 2,5% en 2015.
Ensure compliance to international standards related to Child labor
We have placed special importance on the prevention of child labor since 2009: operations managers on all Imerys sites in zones where vigilance is particularly recommended by indices such as FTSE4Good have been trained in the relevant regulations. In parallel, the biggest suppliers of those sites have been asked to certify that they comply with the International Labour Organization convention on child labor. Finally, application of the Child Labor protocol is systematically checked in the internal audit assignments performed in those countries (9 sites audited in 2011).
Engage suppliers on Group's Ethical Principals
More generally, the Group intends to involve its suppliers in its Sustainable Development process, particularly through its internal qualification system. The system was set up in 2008 and is designed to keep supply risks to a minimum and to qualify suppliers. Supplier self-appraisal was expanded in 2011 to a scope representing 20% of the Group’s purchases (compared with 15% in 2010).
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