Human Rights

This extract from the Halma plc 2016 Annual Report & Accounts has not been updated since publication in June 2016.

 

 

Halma’s Human Rights and Labour Conditions Policy reflects the core requirements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, including the conventions relating to forced labour, child labour, non-discrimination, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining. We do not tolerate practices which contravene these international standards. Regulatory demands upon us vary considerably around the world, so Halma establishes the core structure to ensure that Group companies fully comply with legislative and regulatory requirements while permitting them to tailor their approach to their particular needs.

Compliance with, and respect for, these core requirements are integrated within our organisation. Everyone working for Halma is responsible for having due regard for human rights. Managers and supervisors must provide leadership that promotes human rights as an equal priority to other business issues. All employees are responsible for ensuring that their own actions do not impair the human rights of others, and are encouraged to bring forward, in confidence, any concerns they may have about human rights. Our Chief Executive, Andrew Williams, has overall responsibility for ensuring that human rights considerations are integral to the way in which existing operations and new opportunities are developed and managed.

Human rights and labour conditions policy

Human rights

The Halma Group is committed to protecting the human rights of all employees. The Group's position on human rights reflects the core requirements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, such as freedom from torture, unjustified imprisonment, unfair trial and other oppression. Other central tenets are freedom of expression, religion and political or other representation.

We recognise that many human rights abuses are systemic in their host communities. We are therefore committed to working with other organisations as appropriate who can help us implement this policy effectively over time.

The Halma Group supports the protection of international human rights within the sphere of our influence, and will not be complicit in human rights abuses.

Labour conditions

The Group observes the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work which upholds basic values in four areas:

  1. Forced Labour

    We will not tolerate forced labour, bonded labour or labour which involves physical or mental abuse, including actual or threatened physical punishment, verbal or sexual harassment, or domination or restraining of workers by force, authority or threats.

    Workers must not be required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer, and they must be free to leave their employer after reasonable notice.

  2. Child Labour

    Exploitation of child labour is unacceptable under any circumstances.

    No person under the minimum legal working age applicable to their country may be employed by any company within the Group.

  3. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining

    Workers, without distinction, have the right to join or form trade unions of their own choosing and to bargain collectively.

    All Group companies must adopt a non-discriminatory attitude towards the activities of trade unions and their organisational activities.

    Workers’ representatives must not be discriminated against and must have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.

    Where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, the supplier will facilitate and not hinder the development of parallel means for independent and free association and bargaining.

  4. Discrimination

    Group companies must not discriminate in hiring, compensating, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, colour, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

Responsibility

We believe that everyone in our organisation is responsible for having due regard for human rights. In particular:

  • At Board level, Andrew Williams, Chief Executive of Halma, has overall responsibility for ensuring that human rights considerations are integral in the way in which existing operations and new opportunities are developed and managed;
  • Managers and supervisors must provide visible leadership that promotes human rights as an equal priority to other business issues. They also have a responsibility for identifying abuses that occur;
  • All employees are responsible for ensuring that their own actions do not impair the human rights of others. They are also encouraged to bring forward, in confidence, any concerns that they may have about human rights abuses.