Governance & Compliance

Human Rights

Respecting human rights is a central element in corporate responsibility. We address the associated obligations throughout the company and along the value chain within our sphere of influence.

Evonik has various tools, principles of conduct, and guidelines toensure we observe our human rights obligations. The fundamental importance of human rights for Evonik is reflected in the executive board’s policy statement on human rights, which is based on the Universal Bill of Human Rights, the International Labor Standards issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the OECD’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Human rights are part of our code of conduct and also form the basis for our global social policy. The human rights demands made on our suppliers are set out in a separate code of conduct. We regularly check compliance through our supplier validation and evaluation processes.

We have drawn up a risk map showing potential human rights and labor law risks at country level. This tool is continuously updated. It also provides an insight into the risks in our major supplier countries. For this we use, among other things, MVO Netherlands’ CSR risk check. In accordance with the policy statement on human rights, we use this to define and implement measures to raise awareness, for example, training in human

To prevent child labour, we request the age of our employees in the recruitment process. Our youngest employees are 16 years old in 2021 and they are in vocational training.

You will find the Policy Statement on Human Rights here: