To implement our corporate human rights due diligence, in 2019, we began establishing a documented process based on a uniform methodology that takes account of country-specific circumstances and our business activities.
Our human rights commitment extends to all internationally recognized human rights at risk through our operations and value chain. The due diligence process is the basis to address our human rights impacts wherever we operate. In particular, we have a longstanding commitment to addressing our most salient human rights risks, including:
Forced and Child Labor
We prohibit any kind of forced labor or human trafficking in our operations and value chain and will act against such practices as are identified. We prohibit and refrain from any kind of child labor and are committed to identifying any form of child labor in our operations and value chain and will act against such practices as are identified.
Non-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
We value and embrace diversity and inclusion so that our collective wealth of skills, perspectives and experience leads to better solutions for our customers. Furthermore, we prohibit discrimination for example on the basis of gender, age, color, ancestry, ethnical or social origin, nationality, sexual orientation, incapacity, covered veteran status, religion, world view, or political opinion and work to maintain a work environment that is free from discrimination or harassment, when making any employment decision.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
We respect the right of our employees, to the full extent of applicable laws, rules, and regulations, to form a workers’ council, collective bargaining unit or other employee representations, and to enter into collective bargaining.
Health & Safety, and Dignity
We are committed to respecting workers’ dignity. Protecting people’s Health and Safety are core values of the K+S Group. We do not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or retaliation of any kind. We do not tolerate any form of bullying, abuse, or harassment. This includes actions that are unwelcome, offensive, intimidating, or discriminatory as well as any form of sexual harassment.
We work to ensure full compliance with applicable wage, work hours, overtime and benefits laws. Employees receive wages that are in line with applicable national statutes or, in nations where no minimum wage legislation exists, consistent with applicable local industry benchmarks and in accordance with terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements.
We recognize and respect the particular cultures, histories, and rights of indigenous people who may be particular vulnerable to resource activities in many parts of the world. We follow national law on indigenous consultation and endeavor to attain free, prior, and informed consent wherever necessary.