Partnerships for fair working conditions
Global supply chain complexity leads to nontransparency, a contributing factor to the non-recognition of human rights violations.
Globalization brings with it a plethora of benefits and a wide range of major challenges. These challenges include the existence of national borders, diverse cultures and wildly differing legislation, to name but a few. Consequently, human rights violations still happen every day in some countries. Land-use change can be detrimental to local communities, and human rights violations in this field include cruel and unfair working conditions.
The cosmetic industry depends on complex oleochemical value chains and, like various other industries, we also source many of our raw materials from countries in the Global South. That's why we take up this challenge and have the responsibility to find solutions.
Our current approach is to monitor our defined supplier criteria, which are also directly relevant to our challenge of responsibly sourcing:
Traceability of palm oil derivatives to plantations or mills.
Compliance with the laws of the country of operation. Suppliers must confirm their legal compliance along the supply chain with a focus on anti-corruption and land-tenure rights.
Expanding palm plantations must ensure conservation and restoration of High Conservation- and Carbon Stock areas and peatlands.
Compliance and informed consent from indigenous peoples and local communities regarding new plantations, focusing on land-grabbing procedures and ILO rights of workers.
Suppliers of palm-based products must either be a member of the RSPO or comply with the sourcing rules set by the RSPO and validated by external partners.
In addition to these supply chain criteria, we’ve also adopted the following self-imposed commitments:
To improve the social and educational level of small-holders and make a positive contribution to the livelihood of underprivileged people associated with palm oil production.
To economically integrate indigenous peoples and communities.
To improve processes and feedstock efficiency.
To implement innovative forest and peatland management systems.
As we are dealing with a global problem, we are looking for partners to find solutions and implement them together. These may be only small steps, but we will continue moving forward to work step by step to meet this challenge.