Communication on Progress

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Published
  • 2019/05/23
Time period
  • May 2018  –  May 2019
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Format
  • Part of an annual (financial) report
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Advanced level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
  • Meets all criteria for the GC Advanced level
Verification
and Transparency
  • How is the accuracy and completeness of information in your COP assessed by a credible third-party?
  • The COP describes any action(s) that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to have the credibility of the information in its COP externally assessed, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Information is reviewed by multiple stakeholders (e.g., representatives of groups prioritized in stakeholder analysis)

  • Information is reviewed by a panel of peers (e.g., members of the same industry, competitors, benchmarked leaders, others organized via Global Compact Local Network)

  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) using their own proprietary methodology

  • Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) against recognized assurance standard (e.g., ISAE3000, AA1000AS, other national or industry-specific standard)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Audited Annual Report of publicly listed company

 
  • The COP incorporates the following high standards of transparency and disclosure:
  • Is 'in accordance - core' with GRI Standards

  • Applies elements of the International Integrated Reporting Framework

  • Provides information on the company’s profile and context of operation

  • Applies the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines or the GRI Standards

  • Is 'in accordance - comprehensive' with GRI Standards

Strategy, Governance
and Engagement
  • Criterion 1: The COP describes mainstreaming into corporate functions and business units
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Place responsibility for execution of sustainability strategy in relevant corporate functions (procurement, government affairs, human resources, legal, etc) ensuring that no function is conflicting with company sustainability commitments and objectives

  • Align strategies, goals and incentive structures of all business units and subsidiaries with corporate sustainability strategy

  • Assign responsibility for corporate sustainability implementation to an individual or group within each business unit and subsidiary

  • Design corporate sustainability strategy to leverage synergies between and among issue areas and to deal adequately with trade-offs

  • Ensure that different corporate functions coordinate closely to maximize performance and avoid unintended negative impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Materiality Analysis on Sustainability conducted - Corporate Sustainability Program initiated - Governance Model established - Reporting Structre / Review Meetings established

  • Criterion 2: The COP describes value chain implementation
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Analyze each segment of the value chain carefully, both upstream and downstream, when mapping risks, opportunities and impacts

  • Communicate policies and expectations to suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Implement monitoring and assurance mechanisms (e.g. audits/screenings) for compliance within the company’s sphere of influence

  • Undertake awareness-raising, training and other types of capacity building with suppliers and other business partners

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Cross-functional Sustainability Commitee Team nominated - KPIs and measurements anchored in functional areas - Reports on results vs targets quarterly & annually - Countermeasures and continuous improvement programs

Human Rights
  • Criterion 4: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the human rights principles
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Process to ensure that internationally recognized human rights are respected

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on human rights for management and employees

  • Operational-level grievance mechanisms for those potentially impacted by the company’s activities (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability for addressing human rights impacts

  • Internal decision-making, budget and oversight for effective responses to human rights impacts

  • Process and programs in place to support human rights through: core business; strategic philanthropic/social investment; public policy engagement/advocacy; partnerships and/or other forms of collective action (BRE 6 + ARE 6)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Human Rights anchored as part of external agreements - Human Rights binding for all external partners on a global scale

  • On-going due diligence process that includes an assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts (BRE 2 + BRE 3 + ARE 2 + ARE 3)

  • Processes to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of adverse human rights impacts that the company has caused or contributed to (BRE 3+ BRE 4 + ARE3 + ARE 4)

  • Criterion 5: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of human rights integration
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • System to monitor the effectiveness of human rights policies and implementation with quantitative and qualitative metrics, including in the supply chain (BRE3 + ARE3)

  • Monitoring draws from internal and external feedback, including affected stakeholders

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Grievance mechanisms that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent, rights-compatible, a source of continuous learning, and based on engagement and dialogue (BRE4 + ARE4)

  • Outcomes of integration of the human rights principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Chief Compliance Officer appointed, who reports to the President & CEO - Code of Conduct updated, based on UN Universal Declarations of Human Rights,UN Global Compact, ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and OECD guidelines.

  • Process to deal with incidents the company has caused or contributed to for internal and external stakeholders (BRE 4 + ARE 4)

  • Criterion 3: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of human rights
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Commitment to comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights, wherever the company operates (e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Guiding Principles on Human Rights) (BRE1 + ARE1)

  • Integrated or stand-alone statement of policy expressing commitment to respect and support human rights approved at the most senior level of the company (BRE 1 + BRE5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Statement of policy stipulating human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to operations, products or services (BRE 1)

  • Statement of policy publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties (BRE 1 + BRE 5 + ARE 1 + ARE 5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Human Rights are incremental part of the strategy - Human Rights are deeply anchored in corporate steering documents

Labour
  • Criterion 8: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of labour principles integration
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Dialogues with the representative organization of workers to regularly review progress made and jointly identify priorities for the future

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the working conditions of companies in the supply chain, in line with principles of international labour standards

  • Process to positively engage with the suppliers to address the challenges (i.e., partnership approach instead of corrective approach) through schemes to improve workplace practices

  • Outcomes of integration of the Labour principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

  • Criterion 6: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of labour
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Reference to principles of relevant international labour standards (ILO Conventions) and other normative international instruments in company policies

  • Reflection on the relevance of the labour principles for the company

  • Written company policy to obey national labour law, respect principles of relevant international labour standards in worldwide company operations and engage in dialogue with representative organization of the workers (international, sectoral, national).

  • Inclusion of reference to the principles contained in the relevant international labour standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and Human Resources policies, in line with national development priorities or decent work priorities in the country of operation

  • Structural engagement with a global union, possibly via a Global Framework Agreement

  • Participation and leadership by employers’ organizations (international and national) to jointly address challenges related to labour standards in the countries of operation, possibly in a tripartite approach (business – trade union – government).

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities anchored in corporate strategy and steering documents - Part of 2018 initiated Sustainability Program including accordingly labour specific targets and measurements

  • Criterion 7: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the labour principles
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Risk and impact assessments in the area of labour

  • Dialogue mechanism with trade unions to regularly discuss and review company progress in addressing labour standards

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organization

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on the labour principles for management and employees

  • Active engagement with suppliers to address labour-related challenges

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g., whistleblower mechanisms) available for workers to report concerns, make suggestions or seek advice, designed and operated in line with the representative organization of workers

  • Other established or emerging best practices

Environment
  • Criterion 11: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for environmental stewardship
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results

  • Process to deal with incidents

  • Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the environmental performance of companies in the supply chain

  • Outcomes of integration of the environmental principles

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - ISO 14001 certification is a major part of Environmental Strategy - Clear target for all manufactruring sites to get ISO 14001 certified / re-certified - Process for certification started

  • Criterion 10: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the environmental principles
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Environmental risk and impact assessments

  • Assessments of lifecycle impact of products, ensuring environmentally sound management policies

  • Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organisation

  • Internal awareness-raising and training on environmental stewardship for management and employees

  • Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g. whistleblower mechanisms) for reporting concerns or seeking advice regarding environmental impacts

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Quarterly reports on environmental and social impact - Reports mirrow results vs targets / defined measurments and indicators - Limitation of environmental impact by manufacturing sites (energy consuption, CO2 emissions, waste)

  • Criterion 9: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of environmental stewardship
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Reference to relevant international conventions and other international instruments (e.g. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development)

  • Reflection on the relevance of environmental stewardship for the company

  • Written company policy on environmental stewardship

  • Inclusion of minimum environmental standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners

  • Specific commitments and goals for specified years

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Sustainability commitment overall - Sustainabity defined as top priority - Sustainability Program 2019-2024 initiated in 2018 - Including detailed measurable environmental and social targets - Anchored with stakeholders cross-functional

Anti-Corruption
  • Criterion 13: The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the anti-corruption principle
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Support by the organization’s leadership for anti-corruption (B4)

  • Carrying out risk assessment of potential areas of corruption (D3)

  • Human Resources procedures supporting the anti-corruption commitment or policy, including communication to and training for all employees (B5 + D8)

  • Internal checks and balances to ensure consistency with the anti-corruption commitment (B6)

  • Actions taken to encourage business partners to implement anti-corruption commitments (D6)

  • Management responsibility and accountability for implementation of the anti-corruption commitment or policy (D7)

  • Communications (whistleblowing) channels and follow-up mechanisms for reporting concerns or seeking advice (D9)

  • Internal accounting and auditing procedures related to anticorruption (D10)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Trainings conducted - Employees informed and educated - Policies enforced for all entities globally - Initiatives publicized - shareholders informed

  • Criterion 14: The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the integration of anti-corruption
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results (D12)

  • Process to deal with incidents (D13)

  • Use of independent external assurance of anti-corruption programmes (D15)

  • Outcomes of integration of the anti-corruption principle

  • Public legal cases regarding corruption (D14)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

  • Criterion 12: The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of anti-corruption
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Publicly stated formal policy of zero-tolerance of corruption (D1)

  • Commitment to be in compliance with all relevant anti-corruption laws, including the implementation of procedures to know the law and monitor changes (B2)

  • Statement of support for international and regional legal frameworks, such as the UN Convention against Corruption (D2)

  • Detailed policies for high-risk areas of corruption (D4)

  • Policy on anti-corruption regarding business partners (D5)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Chief Compliance Officer appointed - Impactful global compliance function established - Code of Conduct updated in 2018

UN Goals and Issues
  • Criterion 17: The COP describes advocacy and public policy engagement
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Publicly advocate the importance of action in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Commit company leaders to participate in key summits, conferences, and other important public policy interactions in relation to one or more UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - internal and external speeches on how to make a sustainable difference - local initiatives of different kinds supporting the UN goals in this regards

  • Criterion 18: The COP describes partnerships and collective action
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Develop and implement partnership projects with public or private organizations (UN entities, government, NGOs, or other groups) on core business, social investments and/or advocacy

  • Join industry peers, UN entities and/or other stakeholders in initiatives contributing to solving common challenges and dilemmas at the global and/or local levels with an emphasis on initiatives extending the company’s positive impact on its value chain

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - partnering with external organizations s.a. Pratham - supporting education against poverty in India

  • Criterion 15: The COP describes core business contributions to UN goals and issues
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Align core business strategy with one or more relevant UN goals/issues

  • Develop relevant products and services or design business models that contribute to UN goals/issues

  • Adopt and modify operating procedures to maximize contribution to UN goals/issues

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Strategy in place - Contribution to environmental and social responsibility - In regards of products: EcoDesign principles enforced and put in place

  • Criterion 16: The COP describes strategic social investments and philanthropy
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Pursue social investments and philanthropic contributions that tie in with the core competencies or operating context of the company as an integrated part of its sustainability strategy

  • Coordinate efforts with other organizations and initiatives to amplify—and not negate or unnecessarily duplicate—the efforts of other contributors

  • Take responsibility for the intentional and unintentional effects of funding and have due regard for local customs, traditions, religions, and priorities of pertinent individuals and groups

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility - Social engagement is incremental part of the Sustainability Program and anchored with targets, measurements and reports - Global, regional and local initiatives conducted - Donations Committee in p...

Governance
  • Criterion 21: The COP describes stakeholder engagement
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Publicly recognize responsibility for the company’s impacts on internal and external stakeholders

  • Define sustainability strategies, goals and policies in consultation with key stakeholders

  • Consult stakeholders in dealing with implementation dilemmas and challenges and invite them to take active part in reviewing performance

  • Establish channels to engage with employees and other stakeholders to hear their ideas and address their concerns

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Sustainability Porgram includes material topics identified by stakeholders - Stakeholders get continously informed about activities, status-updates, and results vs targets - Internal Stakeholders are actively part of the implementation process

  • Criterion 19: The COP describes CEO commitment and leadership
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • CEO leads executive management team in development of corporate sustainability strategy, defining goals and overseeing implementation

  • CEO publicly delivers explicit statements and demonstrates personal leadership on sustainability and commitment to the UN Global Compact

  • CEO promotes initiatives to enhance sustainability of the company’s sector and leads development of industry standards

  • Make sustainability criteria and UN Global Compact principles part of goals and incentive schemes for CEO and executive management team

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Leadership commited to UN Global Compact - Leadership launched Sustainability Program - Leadership reviews sustainability progress reports - Leadership informs stakeholders on sustainability impact - Annual Report in accordance core with GRI St...

  • Criterion 20: The COP describes Board adoption and oversight
  • Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake by its next COP to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff

  • Board of Directors (or equivalent) assumes responsibility and oversight for long-term corporate sustainability strategy and performance

  • Board establishes, where permissible, a committee or assigns an individual board member with responsibility for corporate sustainability.

  • Board (or committee), where permissible, approves formal reporting on corporate sustainability (Communication on Progress)

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - Sustainabilty Committee nominated and established - Sustainability targets defined in materiality analysis - Reporting structure and governance model in place to engage cross-functional - Employee engagement programs

Sustainable Development Goals
  • Which of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do the activities described in your COP address? [Select all that apply]
  • SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

  • SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

  • SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

  • SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

  • SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

  • SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

  • SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

  • With respect to your company’s actions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the COP describes: [Select all that apply]
  • Opportunities and responsibilities that one or more SDGs represent to our business

  • Where the company’s priorities lie with respect to one or more SDGs

  • Goals and indicators set by our company with respect to one or more SDGs

  • How one or more SDGs are integrated into the company’s business model

  • The (expected) outcomes and impact of your company’s activities related to the SDGs

  • If the companies' activities related to the SDGs are undertaken in collaboration with other stakeholders

  • Other established or emerging best practices

    - SDGs are part of corporate steering documents - SDGs are providing orientation for business related decissions - SDGs are integrated into our Sustainability Program