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.

In 2019, the INPACS head office has joined the UN Global Compact and thereby officially committed to making the Ten Principles publicly part of its business operations (cf. criterion 14).

As the formal basis for this commitment, the INPACS Company Policy, the internal Code of Ethics and the Supplier Code of Conduct since many years stipulate the adherence to labour and human rights standards according to the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By this, all employees, members and suppliers commit to respect fundamental human rights, prevent child labour and secure occupational health and safety.
At head office level, the protection of human rights is controlled as part of the integrated management system. The risk of an infringement is systematically assessed as part of the risk assessment for the health and safety of employees, and reduced to a minimum through a variety of procedural instructions, testing processes and training measures. In 2019, EcoVadis has attested INPACS again an advanced labour and human rights performance.

The protection of human rights also is part of the group-wide sustainability strategy (SDG 8). In line with our above mentioned formal commitments, our strategic goal is to protect labour rights as well as safe and secure working environments for all workers within our operations and along the supply chain. The core measure is to supervise compliance with the INPACS Ethical Codes within the network and along the supply chain:

Within the INPACS network, this is operationally implemented by the monitoring of the INPACS‘ members health and safety indicators as well as the labour and human rights performance using EcoVadis. The in 2019 published scorecards by INPACS members reached an average score of 56, showing an improvement by 5 points compared to 2017/18. The average „labour and human rights“ theme score in 2019 amounted to 58, showing an improvement by 4 points compared to 2017/18. As of 2021, all INPACS members will be asked to reach an EcoVadis minimum achievement of silver recognition level (cf. criterion 3), simultaneously promoting the implementation of ambitious labour and human rights standards.

INPACS has also started a sustainability risk assessment of suppliers covering social aspects using EcoVadis in 2019. This evaluation is mandatory for all suppliers, while gradually different supplier groups are approached and evaluated. The results are integrated into the overall risk assessment of the INPACS procurement department as well as into the supplier dialogue in order to promote a cooperative improvement of the sustainability performance. To enable a targeted management, more detailed risk thresholds will be defined in 2020.

In case of the identification of substantial sustainability risks, e.g. by poor evaluation results in the area of labour standards and human rights, a personal on-site audit will be carried out - both at the members' or suppliers' site. 
für die Zusammenarbeit mit Lieferanten (bestehende und neue) ist zunächst die
schriftliche Bestätigung des igefa Verhaltenskodex (s.o.) als Bestandteil
partnerschaftlicher Verträge, mit welcher der Lieferant unter anderem die
Achtung der Mitarbeitergrundrechte, das Verbot von Kinderarbeit und
Gesundheit und Sicherheit auch im Hinblick auf seine Zulieferkette verspricht.