Our management of human rights.
Historically, our approach to human rights has prioritised the rights and protections of our employees around the world. In 2014 we adopted ISO26000. This guidance standard for a socially responsible organisation has widened our focus, providing an emphasis on due diligence to consider our broader impacts on human rights.
We are applying the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These require that businesses should avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through their business activities, and address such impacts should they occur. Organisations should seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to their operations, products or services by their business relationships, even if they have not contributed to those impacts.
Human rights due diligence.
In the past year, we completed a targeted due diligence process on human rights. This process was designed using a best-practice approach and has built our understanding of our potential impacts so that we can now implement policies or actions to address them. We intend to include a more detailed disclosure on human rights in our next sustainability report.
Our due diligence process focused on those countries where we have a large operational footprint. Key employees in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Chile were surveyed and asked questions relating to how our own operations and our suppliers could affect people from a human rights risk perspective. The survey was completed by 244 people across the four countries. These four markets represent approximately three-quarters of our employees, and over 95 percent of raw milk collection.
In 2018 we will extend this due diligence process to those countries where we have smaller operational footprints and where the local protection of human rights may not be as strong.
Addressing family violence in New Zealand.
New Zealand has the highest reported rate of family violence in the developed world. This year we have been investigating ways in which we may be able to play our part and provide support services for our staff. In FY18, we intend to launch a support initiative for our New Zealand employees.