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.

The influence of Fraunhofer UMSICHT has been considered low up to now (only purchasing of small amounts of special equipment). In addition to the pure price criterion, Fraunhofer may also take other assessment criteria into consideration when purchasing. Legal formalities like German Awarding and Contract Regulation for Services (VOL/A and VOL/B), Public Sector Contracts (VgV), Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) and the budget law (HGG) are the basis for purchasing. Explicit sustainability aspects have not been considered yet (for example: compliance enquiry UNGC).

Since our component suppliers are usually located in Germany or in other European countries and we do not aim at establishing business contacts with suppliers who subvert the safety provisions, we do not regard this topic as relevant for us.