We want to promote human rights and labour rights, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are therefore incorporated in our Code of Conduct, CSR policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.
Our due diligence processes comprise the use of the Sedex data platform and tools to identify current and potential negative impacts on specific human rights and labour rights in our own production. Through our sustainability programme aimed at farmers (see page 20), we focus on workplace assessments and employment conditions at the farms of our slaughter animal suppliers. We also expect our suppliers to generally promote human rights and labour rights in their supply chain.
If internal or external stakeholders suspect noncompliance with legislation or our policies, they can report it to us via our whistleblower scheme.
Our Sedex risk analysis conducted in the first half of 2020 identified risk factors within the environmental and social aspects of our production, see page 14. In 2020/21, we analysed the identified risks of negative impacts on specific human rights and labour rights against our existing processes, and we are currently engaging with Sedex about the risk score, as it paints a distorted picture of some aspects. We employ more than 100 nationalities, of which some, by Sedex, are considered vulnerable to modern slavery. This affects the risk
assessment, despite the fact that all nationalities in Danish Crown are employed on equal terms.
However, our use of third-party contract staff constitutes a potential risk of infringement of human rights and labour rights, which we manage through audits and phaseouts. We have developed action plans for other risk areas to strengthen our risk management, both at group level and locally. In terms of our working environment, for example, it is mainly a matter of strengthening our management systems and training, which we are currently in the process of doing.
We will perform a new Sedex risk assessment in 2021/22 to evaluate our progress.
We respect international conventions on human rights and labour rights, and we strive to mitigate any negative impacts on human rights and labour rights in our production and our value chain.
We support targets 8.5, 8.7, 8.8 and 16.2 by offering decent work, combating modern slavery, protecting labour rights and providing a safe and stable working environment.
Our work with UN principles
In the autumn of 2020, the Danish Institute for Human Rights published a snapshot analysis of 20 large Danish companies’ work to document their compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Danish Crown achieved a shared 10th place, and the analysis indicated room for improvement in the companies’ processes and documentation as a whole.
We are continuously working to improve our processes, documentation and communication thereof. In 2020/21, we performed an audit in Denmark focusing on the working conditions for transport sector employees, which have previously been characterised as unacceptable. Here it was confirmed that the initiatives launched and our dialogue with the logistics supplier have been successful and that working and accommodations conditions are now
acceptable. We also engage with Brazilian cattle suppliers about respecting the rights of indigenous people in areas where non-compliance with rights has also been subject to criticism.
In line with our obligations in the UK, we report annually on our efforts to limit the risk of modern slavery in our value chain. Our Statement on the Modern Slavery Act is available on our website at danishcrown.com/sustainability-report.