Human rights, child labour and forced labour

Elkem is committed to conducting its business with respect for all internationally recognised human rights, and is dedicated to doing so consistently with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the United Nations Global Compact. Elkem also adheres to the UK Modern Slavery Act.

We will work to ensure the individual's right to privacy and personal dignity, promoting equality for all people and do not accept discrimination based on skin colour, race, nationality, social background, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious conviction, gender or age. Elkem does not tolerate any form of harassment or physical/mental abuse in the form of words or action. This commitment is stipulated in all our governing documents and all Elkem employees are required to sign a copy of the code of conduct stating that they will adhere to these principles.

Elkem follows up human rights issues through risk assessments and audit programmes. In addition, due diligence is done before entering new countries or regions.

Elkem personnel responsible for contracts with significant suppliers of raw materials, goods and services, or who are required to follow-up Elkem’s CSR policy at supplier sites receive training on how to conduct supplier audits including criteria for human rights assessments.

All significant investment contracts are screened using human rights criteria as well as other social and environmental impact criteria. The definition of ‘significant investment agreements’ concern contracts above NOK 15 mill. or investments of a size that must be approved by plant management or higher. Elkem’s Principles for corporate social responsibility are attached to all significant contracts.

Elkem has operations in several countries where there is a risk of child labour and forced labour, notably India, Malaysia and Paraguay.

Working at some supplier production sites or some of our own plants is considered high risk work and must only be done by trained and qualified people.

The age limit for working in Elkem is 18 years of age, with the exception of some vacation substitutes and vocational students who can be 16. They are only allowed to do light and simple work that is deemed safe and does not conflict with school participation.

Elkem’s suppliers have contractual obligations to ensure that no children under the age of 15 (14 in some selected countries) work at our supplier’s plants and that they limit hazardous work and night work to persons over 18 years of age. Elkem adheres to the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business.

Incidents in 2019:
There were no reports of child or forced labour in Elkem or with our suppliers in 2019.