In 2011, the UN published the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework”.
Those guiding principles constitute a global standard of expected conduct regarding business operations and human rights for all business enterprises.
The guiding principles shall include the following matters:
These pages describe Kesko’s implementation of its human rights assessment and the practices, processes and procedures compliant with the guiding principles, with which Kesko monitors and addresses the human rights impacts of its operations.
The statement of commitment on human rights has been approved by the Group Management Board on 20 May 2016 and by Kesko's Board of Directors on 20 September 2016.
In 2015-2017, Kesko and the Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland SASK carried out a study to examine working conditions in the production chain of grapes. The study showed that the human rights of workers involved in the picking, packaging and transport of grapes in Brazil, South Africa and India are vulnerable to violations. Kesko proposes expanding audits to also cover logistics in high-risk countries.
In 2017, we conducted an extensive assessment regarding the water risks related to our own avocado purchasing. The objective was to identify those regions in the supply chain where water scarcity or pollution are a problem. As a result, we will increasingly focus our purchasing in areas with the smallest water risks.