14. Employment Rights

The company reports on how it complies with nationally and internationally recognised standards relating to employee rights as well as on how it fosters staff involvement in the company and in sustainability management, what goals it has set itself in this regard, what results it has achieved thus far and where it sees risks.

We remain committed to the principles of the UN Global Compact.

Most of our staff members operate under German, Swedish, Dutch, US and Finnish laws and the companies in our Group comply with national laws.

Adhering to laws are central to how we conduct our business. We require compliance with our Code of Conduct and we try to ensure that our employees and business partners share the same understanding of compliant behavior and business dealings. We introduced a compliance management system in 2012, and we are continuously improving and developing this system. As part of the compliance system, all managers are obliged to sign and declare on an annual basis that they are following the compliance rules and that their staff members are aware of the system. Among other things we have introduced remote management learning sessions, a skill mapping tool, a leadership program and to Covid-19 we have also introduced home office at all locations where possible. In 2022 we plan to strengthen these programs further. 

In 2019, Fenix Outdoor took new bold steps towards sustainability. In line with that, we updated our Fenix Way, our corporate governance policy in which all our values and goals are described as the strategic CSR agenda 2025. Fenix Outdoor has defined four major CSR pillars and set up single goals in order to achieve success in those. Every Fenix brand has defined their individual goals in order to support the strategy of the holding. Each goal is being reflected on a yearly basis by the CSO. 

In order to reach every employee, the CSO and HR team do trainings on a yearly basis to keep everyone informed about the employee governance set up. These are the goals: Every employee knows about the Fenix Way; whom to reach out to in any case and that sustainability is one of Fenix core values. 

In 2021, we provided each employee with an average of 30-plus hours in personal and technical training (2020: 10.7 hours per staff member), including training on CSR and compliance (n = 2 446). This training enables us to remain flexible, well-educated and skilled. We also intend for the training to inspire people and build up their qualifications for their current or new tasks.

The workplace should be safe and hygienic, and we take effective steps to prevent potential accidents and to minimize health risks as much as possible, particularly in our factories and logistical operations. Safety awareness is always a priority for us, and safe working procedures should be understood and implemented daily by everyone working in the factory. We ensure there are safety and handling instructions for operational equipment.

Next to setting up policies, we also do regular risk analyses in our supply chain. Through our social compliance system, we are aware of potential risks our partner are facing. In addition to that, we continuously mirror the spread in our supply chain to maintain security of our business. 

For more detailed information also about the risks see CSR Report 2021, pp. 3, 10, 27-28, 35