Respect for human rights

Ensuring our employees act in a lawful fashion guided by integrity also means protecting human rights. HHLA only has sites in Europe and more than 95 % of HHLA’s suppliers are based in the European Union, where human rights are a prime concern and enshrined in both local and European laws. Furthermore, the principles of the UN Global Compact are reflected in the Code of Conduct and HHLA’s comprehensive guidelines, such as its health and safety guidelines. As an overarching set of rules, the Code of Conduct includes the following principles:

  • integrity as a central value, a commitment to diversity and the rejection of all forms of discrimination in our interactions with one another
  • guidance on lawful behaviour, particularly to prevent corruption in dealings with business partners and officials
  • protecting the health and safety of employees in the workplace. Occupational safety is a priority for HHLA and we have set ourselves the goal of remaining a leader in this regard
  • protecting the environment and sustainable business practices, promoting environmental awareness and accelerating the development and acceptance of environmentally friendly technologies through the HHLA sustainability strategy Sustainability strategy

Additionally, HHLA actively encourages worker co-determination and safeguards both the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

The risk-oriented business partner screening system currently being introduced by HHLA in the field of third-party compliance also contributes towards the early detection of potential human rights risks. Equally, the Supplier Code of Conduct that has been rolled out specifically includes respect for human rights.

On the basis of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, HHLA issued its first Declaration of Principles for the Respect and Observance of Human Rights during the reporting period. In 2020, the focus of these efforts was on the systematic, regular recording of the risks of human rights violations within the Group. Communication activities focused on the topics of diversity and the condemnation of all forms of discrimination and racism.