In an international group, you realise that respecting cultural and social differences is essential in order to be able to co-operate, and above all you learn that people have more similarities than differences. Regardless of language, ethnicity, gender, age or background, everyone wants to be respected and have the same opportunities without any form of discrimination.
We will strengthen our focus on non-discrimination further by issuing a policy for anti-discrimination, diversity and gender equality. The work of subsidiaries will be evaluated in connection with site visits against the policy and national legislation.
No cases of discrimination were reported in 2016.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining are human rights and every responsible employer must provide the right conditions to ensure that workers' rights and concerns are being handled correctly.
Some of our companies are located in countries where legislation restricts unions from working independently. In these cases we make sure that there are internal procedures and control systems that ensure well functioning grievance mechanisms and constructive dialogue with workers' representatives. In all cases, the national labour standard legislation is the minimum level concerning employment terms and working conditions. We encourage our suppliers to apply the same princples concerning workers' rights and labour standards as we do ourselves.
Harmful child labour deprives children of their childhood, education and well-being and must be abolished. We do not accept child labour in our premises and we do not choose to do business with any company, supplier or customer if it comes to our knowledge that they allow child labour.
Our own operations have no risk for child labour. We regularly visit our operations world wide to make sure that legislation is followed and that labour standards comply with internatinally accepted standards.
Concerning our suppliers, we have not identified any significant risk for child labour. Assessing our suppliers from a human rights point of view is an ongoing process.
Forced labour is a crime and must be abolished. We do not accept forced labour in our premises and we do not choose to do business with any company, supplier or customer if it comes to our knowledge that they allow forced labour.
Our own operations have no risk for forced labour. We regularly visit our operations world wide to make sure that legislation is followed and that labour standards comply with internationally accepted standards. Concerning our suppliers, we have not identified any significant risk for forced labour. Assessing our suppliers from a human rights point of view is an ongoing process.
Our supply chain is global and, to not be complicit in human rights abuses, we must know where the risks are and how to mitigate those risks. Human rights assessment is part of our new evaluation system and is to be made before on-boarding of new suppliers of direct material. We have started to roll out new procedures and tools to the companies within the NIBE Group, but as the procurement organisation to a large extent is decentralised, it will take some years before this will be fully implemented. For existing suppliers we are planning assessment according to the same procedures and criteria as we use for new suppliers.
3% in 2016. Percentage is calculated on suppliers of both direct and indirect material.