Elementis and human rights

Elementis agrees with and supports the statements in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the latter being freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, the elimination of forced or compulsory labour, the abolition of child labour and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. Elementis also supports the principles of the UN Global Compact and supports the wider fundamental human rights of all its employees and all those who may be affected by our business activities. These include, for example, the right to the freedom of speech, thought, movement, association, a right to privacy and to make decisions and contracts, and a right to equality of treatment, protection and non-discrimination.

While the application of some of these principles have centred on employment practices, such as child or forced labour, these concepts can have daily application in many different aspects of our activities. Employees can expect to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies and grievance procedures all allow employees to speak freely and openly. Whistleblowing mechanisms, supported by multi-lingual toll-free alert-line telephone numbers in all our global locations, posters, training and Board level reporting all exist to provide a framework for employees with grievances to speak out and be heard. Elementis does not receive many incident reports each year but all reports are investigated by line management, HR and/or the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, with appropriate and proportional action being taken to address the matter concerned. Incidents are also reported to the management team and the Board, together with a description of the investigation process and resolution. Our employment policies recognise and support the right of employees to join a union and to be treated equally without discrimination. For further information on our employment practices, see the section on ‘HR values and policies’.

The Company further recognises that its contractors, customers and suppliers (where relevant) also have a right to expect the Group to respect their wider fundamental human rights and is supportive of this view. This may mean we respect the right of our customers or suppliers to take their business elsewhere or to negotiate their terms of business. This extends to taking customer complaints seriously. These are just a few examples of how our support for fundamental human rights can translate into action and good business practices. For further information on our policy and practices with regards to supply chain and human rights, please see the section on ‘Supply chain responsibility’.

It is important to note, however, that the Group strives to uphold the fundamental rights of its employees worldwide and support the rights of its contractors, customers, suppliers and wider stakeholders (where relevant), but only insofar as the rights of the individual do not conflict with those of the Group or its duties or legal and other obligations. In this respect, our Code of Business Conduct sets standards and provides guidance to ensure that all relevant and applicable laws and regulations are fully complied with and, wherever relevant or practicable, consideration is taken in business decisions of the wider fundamental human rights of all employees, contractors, customers and suppliers.

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