17. Human Rights

The company discloses what measures it takes, strategies it pursues and targets it sets for itself and for the supply chain for ensuring that human rights are respected globally and that forced and child labour as well as all forms of exploitation are prevented. Information should also be provided on the results of the measures and on any relevant risks.

HMC's commitment in this context relates to Criterion 15, "Equal Opportunities".

As a public-sector organisation, HMC is committed to ensuring fair compensation (conforming to MiLoG), occupational safety and health, compliant business conduct, and privacy protection.

Striving to set a positive example, HMC considers it as absolutely essential to comply with all human rights. As a member country of the European Union and the United Nations, the Federal Republic of Germany has committed to the observance of human rights in international, multilateral treaties. Compliance with German law therefore implies adherence to human rights. Therefore, HMC does not see any current risk of human rights violations in the course of its business activities. HMC expects its business partners to demonstrate the same commitment as a basis for long-term cooperation. It is one of HMC's permanent goals to review its existing and new contracts on a regular basis and counting unfavourable aspects as more severe factors when selecting new business associates. When making relevant decisions, HMC uses the Hamburg Tendering Act (HmbVgG) and the "Guidance For Ecologically Responsible Procurement” (German only) as guidance. No quantitative goals are being sent, apart from an unconditional commitment to compliance with applicable law.

Please also refer to: “Our Contribution to The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals