Impact reporting 2015

Human rights management approach

Yara is firmly committed to the ten core principles of UNGC divided into the four core themes of Human Rights, Labor rights, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

Yara is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, and it has been granted membership to the United Nations Global Compact LEAD. LEAD is an exclusive group of corporate sustainability leaders from across all regions and sectors that represent the cutting edge of the UN Global Compact. As such Yara is firmly committed to the ten core principles of UNGC divided into the four core themes of Human Rights, Labor rights, Environment and Anti-Corruption. 

Yara was in 2015 accepted into a pilot project entitled "Human Rights Due Diligence". The project is led by the Norwegian State department's sub-section called "OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises". The project will allow Yara to review the existing due diligence framework specifically against human and labor rights issues. It will do so within the confines of a peer group as well as receiving one on one assistance by specialist consultants. 

Yara in 2015 conducted training of more than 5,000 employees in face-to-face sessions. All training sessions include a section on human rights. This is a KPI followed by the Board of Directors. In the Human Rights category, Yara reports on the aspects of Human rights – Investment, Non-discrimination, Freedom of association and collective bargaining, Child labor, Forced or compulsory labor, Security practices, Human rights – assessment, Supplier human rights assessment, Human rights grievance mechanisms. 


Yara's Human Rights policy is anchored through several points: 

  •  Through Yara's Code of Conduct and the Corporate Social Responsibility Policy, Yara outlines how its employees should act and what should characterize their behavior. This includes a commitment to the UNGC ten principles, and specifically mentions several of the indicators listed in the HR section. 
  • Through the Code of Conduct, explicit and practical guidance is provided on the rules that govern behavior in Yara. This includes a specific section on human and labor rights, as well as a commitment to the UNGC ten principles. 
  •  In addition, Yara has developed a Business Partner Code of Conduct that takes into account internationally recognized and endorsed standards in key areas such as international human rights, business ethics and labor conditions. Yara expects its Business Partners to do the same and is committed to working only with partners that fulfill this requirement. 
  •  Through our Integrity Due Diligence process that includes screening for possible human and labor rights violations in our business partners. 
  •  Yara's Ethics and Compliance training program includes training on human rights, as does mandatory training videos for all new employees. 

Organizational risk assessment 

Our Integrity Due Diligence (IDD) process includes screening for possible human and labor rights violations in our business partners. 

Training and Awareness 

Yara's Ethics and Compliance program encompasses the issue of human rights. Human rights are also included as a dedicated segment in the mandatory introduction videos for all new employees. 

The Ethics and Compliance training program is carried out by six full time Regional Compliance Managers across the world, supported by three part time employees. During 2015, more than 5,000 people received face to face training in ethics and compliance matters, including human rights as a distinct topic. 

All training sessions include information about accessibility of grievance mechanisms. 

Monitoring, follow-up and remediation 

Yara has extensive reporting channels in place for anyone (internal or external) that wishes to make a complaint on any topic including human and labor rights. This may be done anonymously. 

Reference is made to indicator G4-57.

Specific points 

In addition to the overarching information provided above, the following information is provided for specific indicator points. 

Security practices: materiality 

Yara has operations in more than 50 countries on all continents, with sales to about 150 countries, meaning that the company could be exposed to different kinds of threats where our people work and travel to. Some of these countries has elevated security risks, which must be handled accordingly. 

Yara as a company has an obligation to protect life and health, infrastructure and the environment we work in, information and reputation by understanding security risks and implement necessary mitigating measures through continuously improving processes in a preventive and proactive approach. Security is an obligation to our employees and a part of our license to operate. 

Security practices: management approach 

Yara security covers the areas of Physical Security (protecting employees, equipment and information, restricting unauthorized access to facilities and protection against sabotage, intended damage and theft), Personnel Security (protecting against people trying to exploit our employees for unauthorized or criminal purposes, including insider threat) and Travel Security (protecting and advising our business travelers, and provide guidance on how to behave in different cultural and security environments globally). 

In the recent years Yara has established a corporate security and emergency response function. Over the last year, a sustainable global security system has been established. This includes a standardized method for assessing security risks, developing steering system for security, providing support and advice to all business units globally and further improving company's emergency response practices.

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