Social Responsibility Policy

Corporate Responsibility

1. Purpose and scope

This policy establishes the KOMPAN Group Social Responsibility Policy and supports the KOMPAN Vision and the KOMPAN Values. KOMPAN Group Environmental Policy and Social Responsibility Policy constitute a comprehensive framework for social responsibility at KOMPAN.

The Social Responsibility Policy applies throughout the KOMPAN Group. The Policy should be implemented with consideration for local conditions and cultures in order to achieve optimum relevance and effect.

 

2. Social Responsibility Policy

KOMPAN aims to promote sustainable development of communities by considering the conditions which influence people's lives when making decisions and initiating activities within the scope of our business development. This applies to the Group's employees, the local communities in which we have companies, and to people who are affected by the Group's activities.

This means that we will:

  • Be an environmentally and socially responsible company that aims to contribute to improve quality of life.
  • Work determinedly to continuously improve our activities in the social field.
  • Ensure a good and safe working environment for our employees. The working environment initiatives should primarily be of a preventive nature to prevent potential work-related injuries.
  • Strengthen our position as a preferred business partner, recognizing that social responsibility contributes to creating a sustainable and profitable business.

 

3. How will we work with social responsibility

By joining the UN Global Compact, the KOMPAN Group has decided to be active within a number of fields that relate to social responsibility. The following six principles define how we aim - as a minimum - to fulfil our social responsibility.

3.1 We will support and respect internationally declared human rights within our spheres of influence, and we ensure that we are not accomplices to human rights abuses by:

  • Including human rights aspects in business decisions where considered relevant.
  • Building competencies in relation to human rights issues in relevant parts of the organization.
  • Making use of country analyses when evaluating the human rights situation in the countries in which we have or plan to have production facilities.
  • Entering into a dialogue on human rights issues with the KOMPAN Group's stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations and suppliers.

3.2 We will maintain the employees' rights to unionise and recognise the employees' rights to collective bargaining

  • In the countries in which the employees do not have the free choice of trade union for legislative reasons, or an established trade union system is not possible, the company will arrange for the employees to meet with the management in other ways to discuss work-related issues.

3.3 We aim to actively fight all kinds of forced labour by:

  • Ensuring that all employees have employment contracts or are subject to agreements that specify their terms of employment and terms of termination, showing the voluntary aspect of the employment.

3.4 We aim to actively fight child labour by:

  • Ensuring that children are only employed, if they are older than the age for completing compulsory school, older than 15 years, and if they are older than the local legal minimum age of work.
    Besides that young people, between 15 and 18 years-old, must not deal with hazardous work, not work during the night and should have more breaks than employees over the age of 18.

This also applies to companies which supply goods to KOMPAN.

In special circumstances, employment of children at the age of 14 is possible, if this is allowed according to ILO convention No. 138, and if local conditions mean that having a job the child will have the best possible protection and development. However, the job should be a light and secure part-time employment and education should be provided at the same time. In case of employment, it should take place in close cooperation and dialogue with the child and his/her family as well as with approved international or national organisations that safeguard the interests of children.

3.5  We will abolish discrimination in the workplace by:

  • Ensuring that non-objective discriminatory treatment does not occur with regard to employment, careers, further education, dismissals etc.
  • Being reluctant in the use of health tests. Only the most necessary tests required by legislation or by the employees should be carried out. Health test shall not be used for discriminatory purposes.

3.6 We will work against corruption, including extortion and bribery

Corruption is one of the most substantial obstacles to free trade and also the biggest threat to eliminating poverty in the world. Therefore KOMPAN will work against corruption and bribery.

  • Participating in corruption and bribery is not compatible with being employed at KOMPAN.
  • All employees at KOMPAN should be careful not be party to situations where cooperation partners participate in corruption or bribery. If there is a reason to suspect this is the case, the immediate manager should be told immediately.
  • It is mandatory to report to one's superior if gifts are being accepted or offered that is not appropriate and go beyond legitimate business purposes.

KOMPAN has issued a Business Ethics policy detailing how social responsibility shall be put into action including which guidelines to follow as KOMPAN employee. All employees must comply with the Business Ethics policy.

 

4. Definition

Social responsibility is the consideration shown and initiatives taken by the Group to safeguard the human and social aspects of its activities.

 

5. References

The UN Global Compact Principles published by United Nations (www.unglobalcompact.org) and joined by KOMPAN Group in 2011.

 

Approved by Connie Astrup Larsen, CEO KOMPAN Group

CSR Communication on Progress

KOMPAN Group is a global provider of playgrounds and has through our responsible business practice for many years supported a strong commitment to economic, environmental and sustainable development.

 

Read the complete report from KOMPAN (PDF)