Standard Disclosure: Management Approach
Goals and Performance
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 has in 2015 applied and been 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 has for 2015 committed to train 5000 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.
Yara's Human Rights policy is anchored through several points:
• Through Yara's Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Code of Conduct which outlines how Yara and 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 our Ethics Handbook, which gives explicit and practical guidance 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.
• All three documents listed above can be found here
• Through our Integrity Due Diligence process that includes screening for possible human and labor rights violations in our business partners. For more on this, see HR1 and HR2
• Yara's Ethics and Compliance training program includes training on human rights, as does mandatory training videos for all new employees. For more on this see HR3
Organizational risk assessment
Our IDD process includes screening for possible human and labor rights violations in our business partners. For more details on this, see HR1 and HR2.
The ultimate responsibility of risk assessment lies within the four main business functions.
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 five full time Regional Compliance Managers across the world, supported by three part time employees. For 2015 the target for number of face to face training sessions, which should all include mention of human and labor rights, will be significantly increased from 2014 to about 5000, or 45%. 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. Foremost amongst the channels is the Ethics Hotline which is available in 60 languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A second channel, Send email is posted on our external and internal webpages. Additionally there is the option to report issues though line management and most staff functions.