Decent Work and Economic Growth
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which was adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, defines that people not only have a right to work but also to just and favorable working conditions. People who work do this to safeguard their future and to satisfy their needs – such as having somewhere to live, having enough food, and being able to visit a physician. But all too often the working conditions are precarious: wages are not sufficient to live on, employers refuse to guarantee fundamental rights. In the preamble of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations, it is stated that economic development can be achieved only in harmony with social justice and within the scope of the planet's ecological limits.
Companies that act responsibly ensure that fundamental labor rights and accepted social standards are not only complied with in their own production facilities but also within their sphere of influence, in other words, in their supply chains.
For Evonik, economic success as well as ecological and socially responsible actions are not a contradiction. On the contrary: we are convinced that these are two sides of the same coin. We create jobs in numerous countries and our employees share in the success of the company.
We take our corporate responsibility very seriously: internal regulations, such as our Code of Conduct, the Global Social Policy, and the Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Values determine the actions of all our employees. In the Evonik Code of Conduct for Suppliers we have defined which ecological, ethical, and social behaviors we expect from our suppliers. Together with other companies in the chemical industry we are also involved in the Together for Sustainability initiative, which has set itself the task of ensuring sustainability in the supply chains.
Our standards apply in all countries in which we work. Breaches can be reported anonymously via an electronic whistleblower system.
Evonik has also been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2009 and has agreed to observe and support the ten principles defined there in relation to human