Protecting Human Rights across our Supply Chain

Building a sustainable future is a common goal that needs to be embraced by individuals, governments, and corporates alike to be successful. As an industry leader, we understand our role and responsibility to contribute to this task.

 

One of our strategic priorities is to enhance our end-to-end Product Value Chain, as well as to establish fair, transparent and efficient relationships with our suppliers. This also means aligning our strategies and vision with several of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. In this way, we aim to contribute to SDG 8, “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” We also contribute to its subtarget, “To protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments of all workers, including migrant workers, particularly women migrants, and those in precarious employment.”

 

Conducting a Human Rights Due Diligence
Protecting human rights across our value chain is of utmost importance and in line with our ethics and compliance programs. It also aligns with our ambition to be a responsible corporate citizen that contributes to the global human rights protection agenda. Therefore, we have established policies, commitments and actions to safeguard human rights and manage the risk of incompliance across our entire value chain.


“It’s a ‘must’ to work with with suppliers that align with our Supplier Code of Conduct and international standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,”says Jeroen Nijhof, GrandVision Director of Global Procurement.


To further our commitment, in 2020 we conducted a human rights due diligence exercise to identify and reassess salient human rights issues in our supply chain, particularly among our strategic suppliers. We analyzed our current policies, actions and commitments, and based on the outcome, we planed further steps and actions to tackle uncovered human rights risks and opportunities.

 

Our human rights due diligence approach
The human rights due diligence exercise we conducted consisted of two parts:

 

  1. Risk assessment on tier 1 suppliers to identify the possible risks and grade and prioritize them by their relative importance (most salient risks such as forced labour, child labor, labor conditions, discrimination, freedom of association, wage and remuneration, and health and safety)
  2. Gap analysis on the human rights risk management approach to check the risk management approach GrandVision is taking to reduce the likelihood that these hypothetical human rights problems, particularly the most serious ones, will actually occur

 

Adequacy of our human rights approach
The outcome of our due diligence exercise showed that GrandVision has an adequate approach when it comes to the management of human rights risks. We go beyond the process of letting suppliers sign a Code of Conduct, also performing third-party (social) audits with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, to ensure responsible operations from our suppliers. These audits are in line with SA8000 Standards of social certification, based on human rights norms as described in International Labour Organization conventions, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

“The human rights due diligence exercise gave us tools and opportunity to advance the maturity of our human rights risk management to make it more robust. We will take steps to form a cross-departmental human rights taskforce and work on strengthening our risk management approach. In this way, we can prepare GrandVision for future challenges while truly making an impact on human rights in the supply chain,” concludes Nijhof.