GMs are obliged to strictly adhere to legal practices and to supervise the subsidiary accordingly. They are also responsible for taking preventive action and training. Human rights reviews are included in the annual Compliance-GRI Confirmation signed by the GMs. Internal audits and legal audits are performed regularly at subsidiaries. Roughly 30 audits (internal and legal audits) are performed annually, covering about 20% of Sika’s subsidiaries.
As part of the Compliance Checklist, GMs are asked to implement and communicate in their companies the following human rights principles:
- non-discrimination (including sexual harassment)
- prohibition of child labor
- freedom of association (without need of prior approval) – unless prohibited by local laws
- prohibition of forced labor
This checklist also provides specific explanations about the above human rights:
- Discrimination: is the act and result of treating people unequally by imposing unequal burdens or denying benefits rather than treating each person fairly based on individual merit.
- Child: refers to any person under the age of 15 years or under the age of completion of compulsory schooling (whichever is higher).
As mentioned above, Sika is confident, given the verification by the management teams and their annual signing of the Compliance-GRI Confirmation, that all companies adhere to the human rights charter, as set out in the Code of Conduct, and that no violations or incidents occurred in 2019.