Human rights HR1-HR11

  • HR1 Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that have undergone human rights screening.

    The board places a premium on upholding and protecting human rights. The board has, therefore, reconstituted its committees to create a social, ethics and transformation committee, in line with the South African Companies Act, to manage and monitor, among others, human rights issues. Regular reports on human rights performance will be tabled by management to this committee.

    Workplace related human rights include health and safety, development, prohibiting unfair discrimination,, collective bargain arrangements and prohibiting child labour. These are covered in the human resources section of due diligence process for all new investment opportunities. The group’s modus operandi with regard to investments is one where it generally acquires a business in its entirety, or a controlling stake thereof. During the due diligence process, the targeted entity is assessed, including human resources matters and these include the abovementioned  human rights issues. If the transaction proceeds, any gaps identified are then addressed in terms of the group’s values, code of conduct, compliance with applicable legislation, including those frameworks to which it is a signatory. All agreements specifically include clauses covering employees.

    Suppliers and contractors are expected to comply with legislation and their contractual obligations which set certain required standards of conduct. The contracts of those that do not comply will be reviewed and appropriate action taken according to the circumstances. The group sources most of its products from leading global OEMs with established human rights policies and practices.

    Most business units and operations outsource their security arrangements to legitimate suppliers who belong to the relevant industry association. As with all other suppliers, they are expected to comply with their contractual obligations  and the law.

    In 2011 Barloworld introduced an ethics and compliance programme, for application throughout the group by 2015, which sets the following standards (contained in section 3.1.6) that specifically addresses human rights aspects:

    3.1.6 Upholding human rights
    a) Barloworld is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact which contains ten principles.  The first two principles deal with human rights and are:
    Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
    Should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.  
    b) Barloworld upholds the South African Bill of Rights as detailed in Chapter 2 of the Constitution of South Africa. The Bill of Rights “is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom."
    c) The Barloworld Worldwide Code of Conduct includes our commitment to protect the health and safety of others and ourselves, to recognise and respect personal privacy and to be proactive members of our communities.  Through upholding the Code of Conduct, we envision a world made better by our actions.
    d) Significant suppliers, third party service providers and other business partners are screened for human rights by way of due diligence procedures conducted at the time of engagement and periodically thereafter, according to the assessed risk.
    e) Due diligence procedures incorporate an assessment of third party service providers, business partners and key suppliers. The scope of the assessment includes human rights issues.
    f) Training is provided to our employees, to selected third party service providers and other business partners on human rights as identified by a risk assessment process

    The programme also includes the following standard for suppliers and third parties to be applied throughout the group by 2015:

    Communication with suppliers and third parties:

    ‘Contracts with suppliers, third party service providers and other business partners should be amended to include a condition that human rights are applied and upheld in all business dealings’


  • HR2 Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors and other business partners that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken.

    Although currently no specific human rights screening processes have taken place, all Barloworld suppliers are expected to comply with applicable legislation and their contractual obligations which set certain required standards of conduct. In 2011 Barloworld introduced an ethics and compliance programme, for application throughout the group by 2015, sets the following standard (contained in section 3.1.7):

    3.1.7 Upholding human rights
    a) Barloworld is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact which contains ten principles.  The first two principles deal with human rights and are:
    Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
    Should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.  
    b) Barloworld upholds the South African Bill of Rights as detailed in Chapter 2 of the Constitution of South Africa.The Bill of Rights “is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom."
    c) The Barloworld Worldwide Code of Conduct includes our commitment to protect the health and safety of others and ourselves, to recognise and respect personal privacy and to be proactive members of our communities.  Through upholding the Code of Conduct, we envision a world made better by our actions.
    d) Significant suppliers, third party service providers and other business partners are screened for human rights by way of due diligence procedures conducted at the time of engagement and periodically thereafter, according to the assessed risk.
    e) Due diligence procedures incorporate an assessment of third party service providers, business partners and key suppliers.  The scope of the assessment includes human rights issues.
    f) Training is provided to our employees, to selected third party service providers and other business partners on human rights as identified by a risk assessment process

    By representing leading global OEMs and brands, Barloworld participates in supply chains that conform to norms and regulations and aspire to the highest standards. If non-conforming suppliers are identified, appropriate action is taken according to the circumstances

    The assessment of suppliers is being incorporated into a high level risk assessment and due-diligence process of third party service providers and suppliers (TPSP&S) that is currently being developed in a consultative process with the business divisions. This due diligence process is aimed at integrating a more rigorous screening of TPSP&S into the existing procurement processes and setting clearly defined minimum requirements.

    Other legitimate social and business enterprise development partners are expected to comply with the law and comply with their contractual obligations which set certain standards of conduct.


  • HR3 Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained.

    Workplace-related human rights include health and safety, development, prohibition of unfair discrimination and prohibiting child labour. These and other HR matters are addressed directly or indirectly through training programmes and initiatives conducted throughout the group including Induction and orientation programmes. Diversity workshops in South Africa also address issues which include non-discrimination, as do employment equity and work-skills planning processes.

    A total 2 957 employees attended training through programmes that included: Induction; Diversity workshops: Employment Equity and Skills Forum training and the Barloworld Worldwide Code of Conduct and Ethics, which covered a range of work-related Human Rights aspects during the reporting period.  This amounted to 29 757 hours of training and 14.8% of the workforce.

    This aspect is also addressed in the ethics and compliance programme (For more detail see also HR 1).

    All employees responsible for security are required to obey the law and behave in accordance with the group‘s ethics, codes, policies and procedures.


  • HR4 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken.

    Incidents may be reported through established problem resolution, grievance or disciplinary procedures or the confidential ‘Ethics Line/Tip-offs line’.

    One incident was reported and fully investigated by an external expert. The recommendations of the expert have all been implemented. The business units have implemented diversity training.


  • HR5 Operations and significant suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights.

    The board regards labour relations issues as important in the context of upholding human rights. The board’s social, ethics and transformation committee is required by the South African Companies Act to deal with and monitor, among others, issues of human rights as they pertain to labour relations.

    Collective labour relations are constructively managed based on the principle of freedom of association. Employees may associate or not with representative organisations and trade unions. There are no operations where the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining is at significant risk. There were no violations of freedom of association and collective bargaining during the year.

    By representing leading global Original Equipment Manufacturers and brands, Barloworld participates in supply chains that conform to norms and regulations and aspire to the highest standards. The group has not identified any significant suppliers or service providers, as material risks of violating such rights. If a non-conforming supplier was identified, appropriate action would be taken given the circumstances.

    This aspect is being addressed by the ethics and compliance managers in each of the Barloworld divisions.


  • HR6 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labour and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labour.

    There is no child labour in any Barloworld operation. This would be contrary to the organisation’s values, policies, recruitment practices and illegal in the countries in which it operates. No Barloworld operations are identified as being at risk for any of these aspects. By representing leading global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and brands Barloworld also participates in supply chains that conform to norms and regulations and aspire to the highest standards.

    The group has not identified any significant suppliers as being at risk of child labour. If a non-conforming supplier was identified, appropriate action would be taken given the circumstances.

    This aspect is being addressed by the ethics and compliance managers in each of the Barloworld divisions.


  • HR7 Operations and significant suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour.

    The board regards labour relations issues as important in the context of upholding human rights. The board’s social, ethics and transformation committee is required by the South African Companies Act to deal with and monitor, among others, issues of human rights as they relate to labour relations.

    There is no forced or compulsory labour in any Barloworld operation. This would be contrary to our values, policies, recruitment practices and illegal in the countries in which we operate. No Barloworld operations are identified as being at risk for any of these aspects. By representing leading global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and brands, Barloworld participates in supply chains that conform to norms and regulations and aspire to the highest standards.

    The group has not identified any significant suppliers or service provider as having significant risks of forced or compulsory labour. If a non-conforming supplier was identified, appropriate action would be taken according to the circumstances


  • HR8 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organisation's policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations.

    Significant elements of security are outsourced to suppliers all of which are expected to conform to legislation. In some instances, outsourced security providers are ISO 9001/2000 certified.

    To the extent that security is provided by Barloworld employees, all are trained in the group’s codes, policies and procedures which include relevant human rights issues.

    Training is a responsibility of the Barloworld divisions as part of the overall integration and ongoing support of the standards set in the Barloworld Ethics and Compliance programme.


  • HR9 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken.

    Indigenous rights are respected in all Barloworld operations. No related cases were made against the group in this regard during the year.


  • HR10 Percentage and total number of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews and/or impact assessments.

    While no operations were subject to specific human rights reviews or impact assessments, all operations have implemented or are implementing a full review of their activities in the context of the group’s ethics and compliance programme. All divisions are required to implement the programme by 2015. In addition, the group is rolling - out a revitalised Integrated Employee Value Model (IEVM) which covers certain work related human rights. This process requires an assessment of the operation against Barloworld standards and requires an action plan to address areas identified as needing attention.


  • HR11 Number of grievances related to human rights filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms.

    See response to HR 4 (Incidents of discrimination)


 

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