The Carlsberg Group Human Rights Policy outlines our commitment to respecting human rights, as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in all of our activities, relationships and throughout the value chain.
We continually improve our ability to identify potential or actual human rights issues connected to our business, and to take appropriate action to prevent or mitigate them. And we are committed to open and unbiased dialogue with our stakeholders to ensure that our approach remains relevant and aligned to their expectations.
The Policy applies globally to the management, employees and contract workers of all entities in the Carlsberg Group, and is overseen and approved by the Executive Committee. It is supported by the Human Rights Manual, which provides greater detail on the requirements and guidance for employees to implement the Policy.
Our expectations of suppliers, vendors, agents and contractors are addressed in our Supplier & Licensee Code of Conduct. In 2019, we reviewed and updated the Code to reflect the changes in both our own supply chains and the global marketplace. Updates include strengthened commitments, clarity on the scope and requirements to ensure compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act.
Human rights due diligence
Our approach to human rights due diligence focuses on working with experts, and both local and global stakeholders to identify and prioritise our salient human rights risks.
The due diligence process includes:
- Assessing and prioritising salient human rights risks
- Integrating the findings around the identified risks into our ways of working
- Tracking progress on actions to prevent and mitigate risks
- Reporting progress internally and externally, both through our annual Sustainability Report and on this website.
Employees and contract workers should be able to raise concerns about possible violations of human rights without fear of retaliation. We encourage employees to talk their line manager in the first instance, or to raise their concern with their HR or compliance representatives. Concerns can also be sent to email@example.com, or reported anonymously to our third party Speak Up system via telephone or online. It is operated across the business by an independent third party appointed by Carlsberg Group, and any issues are monitored by the Carlsberg Group Legal and Compliance function.