Code of Conduct

6. Respect for Human Rights

We respect and support the observance of internationally recognised human rights and

  • respect the personal dignity, privacy and personal rights of each individual;
  • protect and grant the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
  • do not tolerate unacceptable treatment of employees, such as physical and psychological hardship, sexual and personal harassment or discrimination.

6.1 Prohibition of child labour

We do not tolerate child labour. We do not hire employees who do not have a minimum age of 15 years and ask for proof of age. In countries covered by the developing country exemption under ILO Convention 138, the minimum age may be reduced to 14 years. We do not hire employees for hazardous work who do not have a minimum age of 18 years according to ILO Convention No. 182.

6.2 Prohibition of forced labour

Forced labour, modern slave labour or comparable measures that deprive people of their freedom are prohibited. All work must be voluntary and there must be the possibility to terminate the employment relationship.

6.3 Freedom of association and collective bargaining

We respect the right of workers to freedom of association, freedom of assembly and collective bargaining to the extent that this is legally permissible and possible in the respective country in which we operate. If this is not permissible, we seek appropriate compromises for our employees.

6.4 Promoting Diversity and Diversity, Equal Opportunities

We promote equal opportunities and do not tolerate discrimination. We treat all people equally, regardless of gender, age, skin colour, ethnic origin, sexual identity and orientation, disability, religious affiliation, world view or other personal characteristics.