INEOS respects the rights in the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We recognise the right to collective bargaining and freedom of association, and we work to prevent any instances of forced or compulsory labour, child labour, or employment discrimination in our value chains. We require our suppliers to protect human rights and ensure their employees are safe and well treated.
We work with responsible suppliers that comply with applicable laws and adhere to internationally recognised environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, including those set forth in our Code of Conduct and SHEQ policy. INEOS believes that workers in the value chain deserve a fair and ethical workplace and must be treated with dignity and respect. Through our Supplier Code of Conduct, we require our suppliers to protect human rights and provide a safe and fair working environment for employees by meeting standards in the following areas:
- Health and safety
- Anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and abuse
- Prevention of forced labour and human trafficking
- Prevention of child/underage labour
- Avoidance of conflict minerals
- Fair working conditions
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining
Modern slavery and people trafficking
INEOS takes a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery in the supply chain. Most of INEOS' activities are carried out in the EU and US and can be considered at lower risk of modern slavery. But we recognise our responsibility to engage with value chain partners and staff, and alert them to the risks of slavery, however small, in their businesses and supply chains and help them act on it.
Supplier and customer monitoring
Our Supplier Code of Conduct defines and summarises what we expect of our suppliers, suppliers' subsidiaries and affiliates, their subcontractors or other business partners' contractors and agents, regardless of location or background in terms of CSR.
The Group-wide Supplier Code of Conduct is part INEOS' commitment to CSR; it can be found on our website in 22 languages. Each of our businesses, covering all INEOS sites worldwide, is expected to present the code and an associated questionnaire, available in 11 different languages, to all suppliers to monitor their CSR and ESG performance. All replies are automatically updated into a central database accessible to all INEOS businesses.