Human rights and responsibility in the supply chain

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Human rights and responsibility in the supply chain

As a core element of responsible corporate governance, AMAG respects and promotes compliance with human rights, both within its own company and in the supply chain. Employees are treated according to the principle of equal opportunities without distinction on the basis of race, colour of skin, gender, religion, membership of a group, origin or other status. Suppliers and business partners are expected to comply with the same high standards as AMAG in relation to human rights. AMAG thereby acknowledges its responsibility to respect internationally applicable human rights, and also takes into account non-financial criteria such as environmental and safety standards and respect for human rights when selecting suppliers and business partners. 

 

 

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Management

Overall responsibility for compliance with human rights lies with the Management Board. Human rights aspects are implemented by the respective departments and monitored during the year, including as part of the purchasing process, and they are reported internally in the context of the sustainability committee. For example, the human resources department deals with human rights issues relating to labour law, while the purchasing departments are responsible for managing human rights aspects within the supply chain. Managers have a special role model function in this respect. They exemplify the values and bring them to bear in day-to-day management. Internal regulations and company agreements (code of conduct, works agreement on working time regulations, wage and salary regulations, guidelines on the use of information technology) promote respect for employee rights and are intended to prevent discrimination. A corresponding feedback culture (including through the annual employee appraisal discussions) has been established. AMAG also attaches great importance to the protection of personal data (Group-wide data protection guidelines, works agreements, data protection declaration).

For more informations, please see annual report 2021

Targets

Target 2021: 

  • Adherence to principles of human rights at AMAG and at its suppliers

Central measures:

  • The issue of human rights due diligence, particularly in the supply chain, has gained momentum in recent years. A European supply chain law, the preparation of which is progressing, sends a clear political signal in this context. This cross-industry set of rules aims to encompass social, environmental and human rights due diligence requirements within the supply chain. At the end of 2021, the EU Commission will present a legislative proposal on due diligence for the protection of human rights and the environment in the supply chain, and define a legal catalogue of criteria for companies’ due diligence obligations.
  • AMAG is already well positioned in this respect thanks to responsible procurement management, which was implemented in 2018 as part of ASI Performance Standard certification.
  • Responsibility for human rights as well as a human rights position were anchored within human rights training in 2021, which is imparted via the e-learning system. This training aims to raise internal awareness of human rights issues. Departments that deal with human rights issues – especially Human Resources, Sales, Purchasing and Communications – receive information and recommendations for action in relation to human rights both within AMAG and along the supply chain. 
  • In the course of a risk evaluation, key suppliers with which a business relationship exists were again assessed in 2021 and discussions were held with suppliers on the importance of ESG issues.  

2022 target / medium term:

  • Adherence to principles of human rights at AMAG and at suppliers by creation of a human rights brochure & involvement of AMAG components in responsible procurement management
Results

Results:

 

Any violation of human rights or applicable law can be raised via the compliance hotline. In 2021, no violations of human rights were reported by suppliers or employees. In the course of the risk assessment of key suppliers in the upstream supply chain (metal alloys, scrap, primary aluminium and rolling slabs), no suppliers were identified as high risk. More than 95 % of the procurement volume was purchased from low-risk suppliers.

Since the 2017 reporting year, we have published a summarized non-financial statement in our management report, thereby fulfilling our reporting obligation in accordance with the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG). It summarizes the essential information for AMAG on the five required aspects of environmental issues, employee issues, social issues, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery.

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