We are committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights in our operations, value chain, and communities where we operate.
We have based our commitment on international human rights and labour standards, including those expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Furthermore, we are committed to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).
By respecting human rights, we shall
- not infringe on the human rights of others,
- address adverse human rights impacts and,
- ensure measures to prevent, mitigate and remediate such impacts.
Proper working conditions for our employees and the employees of our suppliers are of utmost importance to us.
In December 2021, the Board of Grieg Maturitas adopted a Human Rights Policy. The policy outlines the Grieg Group‘s commitment, approach, and responsibility to respecting human rights. The human rights policy interlinks with other policy documents such as our Ethical guidelines, Supplier Code of Conduct and grievance mechanisms. Being a part of the Grieg Group, we act according to the policy’s expectations to ensure respect for human rights in all parts of our business. The policy follows the six steps of the OECD Guidelines of Multinational Enterprises.
As a larger enterprise resident in Norway, the Grieg Group (parent company) is under the scope of the Norwegian Transparency Act. The Transparency Act shall promote enterprises’ respect for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions related to producing goods and providing services. It shall also ensure the public access to information regarding how enterprises address adverse impacts on human rights and decent working conditions.
In Grieg Maritime Group, we have recently done a gap analysis regarding our work on fundamental human rights and decent working conditions. The study identified several gaps, demonstrating that our work to improve human rights and decent working conditions must be continuous and systematic. One main challenge is having a good overview of possible human rights challenges in our supply chains. The analysis also identified several risks, and we will prioritise the main risks in our continuous work:
Responsibilities and corporate governance
To maintain our Human Rights commitments, we have developed the following operational documents explaining our responsibilities and corporate governance:
We are currently developing a process description of how we work with due diligence related to Human Rights. We will publish this process description as soon as it is firmly established in August 2022.
For all the top risks identified, we have also identified measures to mitigate the risk and a plan on how to implement those measures.
Recycling of vessels
Grieg Maritime Group uses only ship recycling yards approved by Grieg Green. Still, there is a risk of exploitation of workers at some yards, with risk of accidents and injuries, breach of labour laws and unhealthy working conditions.
We need to be extra vigilant when choosing yards for the building of new ships. Too many yards have a history of labour law breaches, as well as questionable safety, wage levels and working conditions. There is also a risk of corruption.
Dry docking and projects
The complexity of dry docking, repairs and projects makes it difficult to get a good overview of the whole value chain. There is a risk of labour law breaches, below acceptable safety, wage levels and working conditions – as well as a risk of corruption.
The sheer volume of goods needed for the running of ships makes it difficult to evaluate Human Rights in all parts of the value chain. There is a risk of several different Human Rights breaches from both suppliers and their contractors.