We believe that human rights are an absolute and universal requirement and are committed to upholding those rights, with our commitment clearly stated through our Code of Conduct and Policy on Human Rights and Responsible Business. These policies apply to all employees, contractors and suppliers of goods and services to RB. We also encourage our suppliers to communicate our requirements within their supply chain.
However, policies alone are not sufficient, so we have a proactive monitoring programme focused on continuous improvement, to enable us to identify and address any deviations from our policy within our business and supply chain.
You can read more about our commitment to human rights, our identification of risks and compliance monitoring, and partnerships and collaboration in our ‘Human rights’ Insight.
Our company purpose is to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. We cannot achieve this purpose if the most fundamental human rights are not respected within our value chain. We therefore are committed to actively playing our part in working collaboratively with our suppliers and partners to enhance human rights, and strive to eradicate forced labour and human trafficking within our value chainRakesh Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer
It is our responsibility to ensure that the human rights of all our internal and external partners are protected and respected. We have a clear policy and commitment to respect human rights that all associated with RB must follow.
In 2018, we started engaging with the Danish Institute for Human Rights to explore a global partnership for them to support us with the evolution of our human rights programme in 2019 and further integrate the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) into our organisation.
In partnership with peers, RB co-sponsored an AIM-Progress supplier capability workshop on responsible sourcing in Shanghai, China, in September 2018.
The workshop was attended by our key suppliers and started with a panel discussion involving our Regional Procurement Director and peer counterparts to discuss the importance of responsible sourcing to our respective businesses and the benefits for suppliers who embed it within their organisation. This was followed by interactive sessions providing practical and pragmatic solutions on the following regional challenges:
These collaborative events provide an invaluable platform enabling us to reach and share best practice with our collective suppliers to jointly deliver improvements in supply chain practices.