Carlsberg’s Labour & Human Rights Policy defines the labour and human rights standards to which all employees in the Carlsberg Group are entitled, irrespective of the country in which they work. We endorse international Human Right’s standards, including the International Bill of Human Rights and the core ILO treaties.
The Labour & Human Rights Policy is overseen and approved by the Executive Committee. It is supported by the Labour & Human Rights Manual, which provides additional internal details, clarifications on requirements and guidance to facilitate implementation of the policy.
The Labour & Human Rights Policy applies globally to the management, employees and contract workers of all entities in the Carlsberg Group. Our expectations of our suppliers, vendors, agents and contractors are specifically addressed in our Supplier & Licensee Code of Conduct. In 2019, the Carlsberg Group undertook a global review of this code of conduct and updated the materials to reflect the changes in both our own supply chains and the global marketplace. Changes to the code include increased commitments, clarity on the scope of application and added requirements to ensure compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act.
In 2020, we are reviewing our Labour & Human Rights Policy, which will further reinforce our commitment to respecting human rights and to preventing and mitigating human rights-related risks.
Human rights due diligence
In addition to updating our Labour and Human Rights Policy, we are also reviewing our overall approach to human rights due diligence, focusing initially on identifying our salient human rights, in cooperation with Human Rights experts. Furthermore, we are committed to engaging with other local and global stakeholders in our work on labour & human rights, including the work on identifying and prioritising our salient human rights issues.
The due diligence process will focus on a number of key areas:
- Assessing and prioritising salient human rights risks
- Integrating the findings around the identified risks into Carlsberg’s ways of working
- Tracking progress on actions taken to prevent and mitigate the risks
- Reporting progress internally and externally
Carlsberg will share further information as part of this process, and we will report on our progress in our annual Sustainability Report and on our website.
In general, we encourage employees who have a concern to talk in the first instance to their line manager, or alternatively to raise their concern with their HR or compliance representatives.
If neither of these options is possible, Carlsberg has a Speak Up system that allows employees and contract workers to speak up about possible violations of human rights without fear of retaliation. The system can be accessed by telephone or online. It is operated across the business by an independent third party appointed by Carlsberg, and any issues are monitored by the Carlsberg Group Legal and Compliance function.