Retinæ’s declaration on respect for human rights

OUR VISION ON HUMAN RIGHTS 

Retinæ’s vision on human rights is based on the dignity of every human being and on the company’s responsibility to contribute to the wellbeing of people and communities in the countries which it operates in.

Retinæ’s approach to human rights is integrated in its mission as an industrial control systems industry, which aims to build a future where product quality and safety is guaranteed with efficient and sustainable production. It bases its work on passion and innovation, on skill development and on personal value, acknowledging diversity as a resource.

Within this context lies Retinæ’s more specific commitment to respect for human rights, which this Declaration focuses on. The values and commitments represented here form the cultural heritage of Retinæ, which is diffused into the principles of business integrity, expressed in its Code of Ethics.

OUR OBJECTIVE: RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS 

Retinæ undertakes to carry out its activities in conformity with human rights and expects its Business Partners to do likewise when carrying out any assigned activities or carried out in collaboration with and/or in the interest of Retinæ.

Retinæ reaffirms its commitment to comply with the human rights indicated in the International Bill of Human Rights, the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the International Labour Conference and other applicable human rights, as set forth in international treaties and standards. Retinæ adheres to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines and the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Retinæ is consistent with the principles set forth, as it undertakes not to violate human rights and to provide a remedy for any critical issue concerning human rights that could arise from the activities which it is involved in.

Retinæ undertakes to ensure that the principles stated in this Declaration are imparted and implemented at all levels in the countries where Retinæ operates. The principles and contents of this Declaration apply to Retinæ, the directors, managers and employees of Retinæ, and to all those who operate in Italy or abroad in pursuit of Retinæ’s objectives.

Retinæ also operates in compliance with the local regulations of the countries in which it operates. If obstacles should arise when implementing this Declaration, due to differences between the local regulatory framework and its own operating standards, Retinæ undertakes to establish alternative solutions aimed at promoting respect for human rights.

OUR SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS 

Retinæ undertakes to make a constant effort to determine the potential and actual impacts its activities may cause or contribute to cause on human rights, or impacts that may be linked directly to its activities and products or services because of its business relationships. In particular, Retinæ adopts the following processes and measures to assess and manage the more significant critical issues concerning the respect of human rights:

a) Training and awareness 

Retinæ considers the training and awareness activities of its employees and business partners as a focal point of its commitment to respect human rights. Within this context, Retinæ undertakes to share this Declaration with all its employees.

b) Human rights in the workplace 

Retinæ undertakes to respect the four fundamental principles of the International Labour Organisation, as set forth in the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work:

  • freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
  • the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour;
  • the effective abolition of child labour;
  • the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

Furthermore, Retinæ offers fair remuneration and ensures that the work environment is safe and healthy and that work conditions are aligned with international standards.
Retinæ undertakes to respect ILO Convention No. 135, which explicitly prohibits any discrimination against workers’ representatives in relation to their trade union activities, ensuring adequate access to the workplace not only to employees, but also to the trade union representatives themselves, and taking a neutral stand concerning employees’ preference to join and remain part of a union or transfer or terminate their membership. Harassment or an attitude in work relationships, anyhow attributed to bullying, both inside and outside the company, are prohibited with no exception.

Retinæ undertakes to ensure that a third party company agrees to apply the above guarantees to workers when collaborating for or with Retinæ.

c) Human rights of people 

Retinæ respects the rights of the people of the countries which it operates in, with particular reference to biodiversity, to the right to enjoy ownership and use of land and natural resources, and to enjoy the right to water and the highest achievable level of physical and mental health. Furthermore, Retinæ operates in compliance with standards for environmental protection and public safety. Particular attention is paid to the rights of the vulnerable, with particular focus on minors. Retinæ considers the aspects associated with respect for human rights as from the earliest stages when assessing the feasibility of new projects or of noted operational changes.

d) Human rights in business relationships 

Retinæ considers the potential impact on human rights deriving from the activities of Business Partners when managing business relationships and stipulates specific measures in this regard. Retinæ expects its Business Partners to conform to the principles set forth in this Declaration and makes every effort to include clauses pertaining to human rights in its relative agreements where business with or for Retinæ is concerned. Retinæ involves its Business Partners in the prevention or mitigation of the adverse effect on human rights that their activities, products or services may cause or contribute to or are directly related to.

In cases where Retinæ’s bargaining power is relatively limited, and in general when Retinæ has limited shareholding power, Retinæ will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the policies and practices of the shareholdings are fully aligned with the principles indicated in this Declaration. Retinæ guarantees that its suppliers are aware of its commitment to the respect of human rights. Retinæ requires its suppliers to undertake to conform to the international human rights principles and standards, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Global Compact and the specific health and safety requirements adopted by Retinæ.

Retinæ evaluates its suppliers according to risk criteria and implements processes aimed at preventing impacts on the human rights associated with their conduct. Retinæ requests corrective measures to be adopted in case of critical issues. If the performance of the suppliers drops below the minimum standards of acceptability for Retinæ where human rights are concerned, it limits or prevents their participation in tenders and/or terminates the contracts. Retinæ is aware of the increasing significance of the phenomenon of slavery and human trafficking in global economies and it undertakes to maintain and improve its procedures to determine and combat such violations of human rights within its supply chain. Furthermore, in the case of subcontracting activities, Retinæ requires its suppliers to ensure that these are also carried out according to the same requirements.

COMPLAINT AND SOLUTION PROCEDURES 

Retinæ undertakes to verify solutions of any adverse impact caused (or that it has contributed to causing), also in collaboration with others, and to make the utmost effort to facilitate the achievement of this objective if the impact is directly related to its activities, products or services. Retinæ provides complaint procedures and other reporting methods so as to improve its ability to distinguish and analyse actual or even potential impacts on human rights and to promptly adopt appropriate corrective measures. Furthermore, Retinæ does not in any way hinder recourse to judicial or non-judicial and institutional procedures and cooperates with such procedures in good faith.