Human rights is an essential part of being a good corporate citizen.
We commit to update Supplier Guiding Principles and implement 3rd party diligence audits by 2021.
Kraft Heinz values all life. We have a zero-tolerance approach to human rights violations across our entire value chain. As we look at our business, we know human rights is an essential part of being a good corporate citizen and doing the right thing.
In 2019, Kraft Heinz released a new Global Human Rights Policy, which is guided by internationally recognized standards, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles set forth in the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
As part of the Policy, Kraft Heinz requires all employees and related entities, suppliers and business partners to strictly adhere to our human rights standards, which, in summary:
- Prohibit child and underage employment
- Prohibit trafficking, forced or involuntary prison labor
- Prohibit all and any forms of abuse, bribery, harassment and discrimination
- Recognize and respect the rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining
- Recognize and respect fair, legal and equitable work timeframes, working conditions (including health and safety) and wages
- Recognize land rights, natural resources and ensure all workers’ rights to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities
- Require all labor recruitment and employment procedures to be carried out in a legal and ethical manner
Following the release of the Policy, Kraft Heinz undertook a global human rights risk assessment with third-party assistance. This exercise highlighted relative risk factors by commodity type overlaid with associated geographical risk. The evaluation also included economic and social criteria to determine points in our value chain where risk is highest, and where we could make the greatest impact. The scope of the assessment was all encompassing – rather than only evaluating specific commodities, we assessed nearly all of our ingredient food purchases. This assessment is influencing our plans to continuously develop and improve our due diligence and management programs. We aim to take a collaborative approach, working with our value chain to identify areas where we can collectively make improvements.
Kraft Heinz is committed to addressing any adverse human rights impacts within its supply chain. We require our suppliers, business partners and other relevant stakeholders to likewise adhere to any improvements as necessary. We also look forward to strengthening our 3rd party audit programs to ensure compliance with our Global Human Rights Policy, as well as with other Kraft Heinz ESG policies. We will report the results of these audits to our Executive Leadership Team on a regular cadence.