Respect for human rights is included in Neste Oil's Sustainability principles for biofuels, Sustainability policy and Code of Conduct. Our personnel can learn about the ethical rules by playing an interactive game, among other methods.
We are committed to observing the human rights principles of the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labor Organization (ILO). The same respect for human rights is also required from all our partners.
Neste Oil does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, child labor, forced labor or exploitation in any form. The most central aspect of human rights in our own operations is the promotion of equality.
Human rights and labor rights are a key area of development in Neste Oil's sustainability work. In 2014, we strengthened our commitment to the implementation of these rights in our supply chain by joining the UN's Global Compact sustainability initiative. Six of the ten Global Compact principles concern human rights and labor rights. We will define how we will monitor the realization of the principles in our operations in early 2015.
Finnwatch published a report detailing how various Finnish companies source their palm oil, including Neste Oil’s supply chain, in September 2014. The report highlighted shortcomings related to the realization of workers' rights in a plantation of our Malaysian palm oil supplier, IOI Group.
After learning of the findings, we immediately took action to establish what happened and to remedy the situation. We have discussed the findings and IOI's corrective measures on several occasions with the company's representatives. Also the RSPO and ISCC certification schemes have re-audited all of the plantations mentioned in the report. According to ISCC's findings there were not any actual violations at these plantations. They did find, however, that some of IOI's procedures only barely meet the certification requirements. RSPO's process is still on-going.
Based on the matters that emerged in the audits, the operations of the certification organizations will also be developed. The ISCC will establish a working group aiming to improve the audit procedures of social questions. Neste Oil will take part in the working group's activities. In order to influence the development of certification, we are also involved in the human rights working group of RSPO.
In order to deepen our understanding on the social issues and related stakeholder activity in the palm oil industry we started cooperation with an international organization focused on social rights in early 2015. The aim of this cooperation is to increase the capability to take social aspects into account in our supply chain more efficiently.
Human rights and labor rights are part of the due diligence and certification criteria included in our selection process of raw material suppliers. In order to enhance the monitoring of our own supply chain, we have commenced development work to make our practices more strict with regard to social questions, such as human rights and labor rights. Our aim is to finish the development project during the first half of 2015.
Read more about the sustainability requirements for our raw material suppliers.