Corporate Responsibility 2003

  • 18-May-2004
Time period
  • January 2003  –  December 2003
  • In Autumn 2003 the LEGO Company began the task of identifying and collating documentation showing where the company stands in relation to the Nine Principles of the UN Global Compact. The results of this work will determine the areas in which the company will focus its efforts.

    Adoption of the Global Compact reflects a desire to behave decently and to assume a share of the responsibility for helping to solve the major issues facing the world in such areas as human rights, labour standards and the environment. In this respect the company wishes to make a contribution within its special field of competence, i.e. the child''s right to play and learn through play.

    Lego uses both its Annual Report and its website to communicate with stakeholders on corporate responsibility issues and on its implementation of the Global Compact principles. The Annual Report 2003 describes Lego''s responsibility on pages 21 and 22, including the company''s approach to implementing the Global Compact principles (p.21). The report also addresses LEGO''s policy on quality (p.21), Social commitment and responsible action, code of conduct and environmental responsibility (p.22).

    In 2004 the LEGO Company revises its Code of Conduct which was drawn in 1997. The Code of Conduct outlines what is expected of the LEGO Company and its suppliers.

    The LEGO Company will start conducting its own regular audits every two year. Production in Denmark and the Czech Republic will be audited in 2004 and production in the USA and Switzerland will be audited in 2005. The aim with theses audits is partly to evaluate whether the LEGO Company complies with its own Code of Conduct.
    LEGO Company is preparing for a global ISO 14001 certification, which is expected to be implemented globally by 2006.

    After several years of systemising the workplace-environment field, LEGO System A/S in Billund achieved certification under the OHSAS 18001 standard in 2003. The plan is to globalise the system over at three-year period starting in 2004.

    The LEGO Company has formed a five-year partnership with Save the Children Denmark to set up schools in Third World countries. The agreement is its third year. In 2003 the LEGO Company supported children in Angola. LEGO Company and Save the Children collaborated with local partners in building new schools, a kindergarten and four new playgrounds.

Principles covered
  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Principle 10 - Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery
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