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DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

The Viscofan Group highlights its support and contribution to the spreading and respect of Human Rights within its scope of action, with its adherence to the United Nations Global Compact and with the incorporation of the Human Rights Policy to its internal regulations, approved by the Board of Directors.

Based on this policy, the Viscofan Group undertakes to respect Human Rights in all its activities, anywhere in the world. This policy is based on the following principles: universality, progressivity, integrity and complementarity, inalienability, transnationality and international protection.

In addition. Viscofan Group Code of Conduct states that employees, within their scope of action, must contribute to respecting and protecting human rights, especially child exploitation, and must avoid any conduct detected on the job which is contrary to their tenets.

The employees of the Viscofan Group, within their geographical compass and cultural diversity, will especially abstain from using any behaviour involving discrimination on grounds of race, sex, nationality, language, religion, ideology or any other individual, social or personal circumstance (disability, economic position, trade union membership, etc.), and promote work with dignity, preventing any type of exploitation, with special care taken to avoid child labour.

Therefore, the Viscofan Group puts all the means available to avoid our activities and decisions from having a negative impact on human rights. In this sense, the Group has mechanisms to address claims and concerns on this matter, covered by the Ethics Committee.

The Viscofan Group sets common basic guidelines on Human Rights, which are related to various areas of the organisation, from Human Resources, to supplier relationship management. Guidelines on aspects like freedom of association, abolition of child exploitation and forced labour, equality, or facilitating access to the labour market of anyone with a disability.

IN 2017, 398 EMPLOYEES IN OUR HEAD OFFICES AND THE PRODUCTION CENTRE AT CÁSEDA AND URDIAIN RECEIVED SPECIFIC TRAINING ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. 

Furthermore, Viscofan has embraced the commitment to certify its Cáseda plant towards respect of human rights and corporate social responsibility in the course of 2018.

As signatories of the Global Compact, the Viscofan Group protects free association of employees. Within equality and protection of employee’s interests, about 80% of the company’s employees are covered by general collective conditions governing their work activity, therefore improving the minimum conditions set by different labour legislations. The employees of the plants of Spain, Czech Republic, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Belgium are protected by collective agreements.

China adopted a new regulation in 2017 which enables employees’ representation, thus bringing the possibility of employees’ right to association in 100% of the companies that belong to the Viscofan Group.

The minimum remuneration of employees in each case is considered in accordance with the salary level and legal rules of each country where Viscofan carries out its activities.

The Collective Agreements of the different locations where the Viscofan Group is present establish certain specifications as to the periods of notice due to operating changes. For example, in the case of Spain and the Czech Republic, the period of notice is of 15 days.

Within our code of conduct, Viscofan rejects any form of child labour. None of the hired staff members of Viscofan is under 17 years of age. Likewise, the Viscofan Group requires suppliers to have a similar commitment in accordance with our code of ethics.

To defend and protect human rights Viscofan promotes work with dignity and prevention of forced labour. This risk has been specifically included by the Global Risk Committee in its risk matrix so as to detect any breach thereof.

Within these objectives, the Ethics Committee is responsible for opening, on its own account or at the request of a third party, the investigation of any situation that may give rise to a situation of risk for the Viscofan Group, as a result of a breach of the Viscofan Group’s internal regulations or any other circumstance. To this end, Viscofan has a channel for complaints that is also accessible to all employees, to communicate any signs that might be seen as a risk, available through Vinsite (internal communication platform for employees of the Viscofan Group), mail or physical mail to the Ethics Committee at Viscofan’s head offices in Navarre.

In 2017 the Viscofan Group recorded no case of discrimination, forced labour or child exploitation through any of its available channels.


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