The United Nations Global Compact, a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices, remains the guiding force for IVL’s Workplace Human Rights Assessment (WHRA) framework.
Our WHRA framework includes four different levels: corporate, country, site, and product.
It covers following stakeholders for our operations, including joint ventures:
Third-party contracted labor
In 2016 we introduced an online tool developed by WHRA which focuses on identifying, assessing, communicating and mitigating potential issues. This tool provides a comprehensive framework for managing workplace human rights in the 33 countries where we operate and encompasses vulnerable groups such as senior citizens, people with HIV, the LGBT community, disabled persons and national minorities.
In 2020, the questions were enhanced to include an indicator related to environmentally friendly technologies. Feedback is gathered via individual and group responses and discussions conducted throughout the communities where we work and from our business partners.
The outcome of the assessment process for 2020 is as follows:
All of the risks identified in the 2019 survey were mitigated
The assessment questions will continue in 2020
The Online Human Rights Assessment survey was conducted at all of IVL'S locations.
The Human Rights Risk Propensity (HRRP)* was measured at 1.41% for 2020.
Risk areas were identified at 36 of our units.
Communicate & Mitigate
Based on the identified risk areas, interviews with stakeholders were conducted to identify interventions
An action plan was formulated on the agreed interventions along with a tracking mechanism to monitor progress.
*HRRP = The number of potential human rights risks identified/(Responses from total units * total questions)
The following areas of improvement and remedial actions were identified:
Areas of Improvement
Major areas of improvement
Environment, Health, and Safety
Better manage risks with regard to EHS at IVL by designing the dedicated function
Establish a Corporate EHS Center of Excellence
Establish Regional Corporate EHS Leaders
Establish Business/Plant EHS Leaders
No major risks were observed for the five vulnerable groups.
We will continue to implement our three-stage assessment approach and manage issues according to IVL’s stringent risk-based approach and unique operating context. All issues that are raised will continue to be assessed and elevated to senior decision-makers, while resulting actions will be monitored to ensure continuous improvements.
A more robust and timely process to deal with whistleblower issues/concerns
Refine the current process and streamline the roles and responsibilities of the whistleblower committee
Align with new whistleblowing practices/processes
Total number of hours of employees training on human rights policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations = 11,044
Total number of employees trained in human rights policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations = 9,366