Human rights – demand and respect worldwide
The CHT Group commits itself to its responsibility to respect human rights. We have anchored this in our Code of Conduct. As an economic player, we rely on numerous partners in global value chains. We demand that they also respect human rights and the associated standards. Criteria for reviewing and observing human rights are integrated into our group companies worldwide, including supplier evaluation, investment and acquisition projects and systems for reviewing labor and social standards.
After the introduction of our compliance directives (Code of Conduct), we have also bound our suppliers and selected customers to observe these directives.
The strict respect of human rights by our business partners is a minimum criterion to establish lasting business relations. We are aware of a site-related residual risk regarding forced and compulsory labor (as well as child labor). Since 2016, the CHT Group has been a member of the UN Global Compact and we want to further intensify our commitment worldwide.
Our Code of Conduct to read
PROTECT FROM DISCRIMINATION
Our staff members reflect our global character and our philosophy of cultural diversity. As an international group with employees from many different nationalities, their protection from discrimination is a top priority. We do not tolerate any discrimination on account of race, ethnic origin, religion, ideology, gender, disability, age, or sexual identity of our employees.
Regular training courses ensure that our employees are familiar with the contents of the General Equal Treatment Act (German AGG) and that they act and comply with these rules. In all parts of our company, and in our relationships with our business partners, equal cooperation values apply. With the mandatory worldwide introduction of the Code of Conduct, we want to ensure equal treatment.
NO CHILD LABOR
We strictly reject all forms of child labor. At our sites, we consistently comply with the local provisions on the minimum age of our employees. Where such rules do not exist, decisions are made in accordance with the ten principles of the UN Global Compact. We are aware of the site-related residual risk, but we know the age of each employee. Considering this and having our suppliers’ signature of our Code of Conduct, we aim to reduce this risk.
CO-DETERMINATES BY LAW
We explicitly promote our employees’ rights. This includes, within the framework of freedom of association, the right of our employees to join and be represented by trade unions in accordance with applicable national laws. For all our employees, except for the group management, collective agreements are valid. During the report period of 2021 violations of the right to collective agreements and to the freedom of association were not disclosed within the CHT Group.