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Respect Human Rights

  • 33 %

    of employees are based in countries that are either “not free” or “partially free”*

  • 11 countries sel-assessed

    (Danish Institute For Human Rights methodology)

*According to the 'Freedom in the World' index, a country is deemed to be free if it allows open political competition, enjoys a climate of respect for civil liberties, and has a civil society and independent media. A country is said to be partly free if the respect for civil and political liberties is limited.

Whatever the local context, Legrand aims to observe the rules and voluntary standards of responsible behaviour with regard to Human Rights. In particular, the Group adheres to:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • The ILO Declaration (in particular, the eight conventions concerning fundamental rights at work),
  • The rules concerning Human Rights and work standards set out in the Global Compact,
  • The UN guidelines for companies and concerning Human Rights (John Ruggie Report), recommending a three-part strategy: protect, respect, and remedy.

All of these rules constitute a structural framework for Legrand's approach.

 

Our responsibility is to guarantee the application of universal human rights at work throughout the Group

Legrand is committed to the advancement of rights and a legal and human framework for work in all the countries where the Group operates. If the case should arise, the Group undertakes to:

  • Remedy any violation of employee rights on its sites,
  • Eliminate any form of forced or mandatory labour and abolish child labour,
  • Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation,
  • Protect health and safety at work.

In the context of the Responsible Purchasing approach, respect for the rights of the Group's suppliers' employees is also taken into account. This is part of the supplier approval procedure. Rule No. 1 of the Group's Sustainable Purchasing Code concerns child labour (ILO Convention 138 concerning minimum age).

Legrand's commitment also takes the form of a risk mapping process, carried out for all of the Group's countries since 2013. This mapping creates a classification of the countries where the Group operates, based on the ratification of the eight ILO conventions concerning the fundamental principles and rights at work and the Freedom in the World index. In 2013, 72% of the Group's employees, excluding companies acquired less than three years ago, were located in free or partially free countries. 28% are in so-called 'sensitive' countries.

Priority for 2014 - 2018

Map and annually assess workforce exposure to the risk
of human rights violations in the workplace
and deploy measures for improvement as appropriate.

Indicator

Coverage of Group employees assessed for potential Human Rights violations.

 

Self-evaluation of risk countries: 11 countries assessed in 2015

Based on the methodology of the Danish Institute For Human Rights, a self-evaluation was proposed to the subsidiaries present in countries identified as 'non-free' (according to the Freedom in the World index), in order to promote awareness of the notion of Human Rights. This self-evaluation initiative was deployed in the following countries Saudi Arabia, China, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. The objective was to evaluate the observance of fundamental human rights at work in order to define specific action plans for the furtherance of human rights.

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