Human Rights

The VELUX Group is firmly committed to conducting our business lawfully and ethically. Our ethical business conduct is founded in the Model Company Objective, expressing our wish to behave in an exemplary manner in all aspects of doing business.

Strategy and goals

As a global company, we are committed to respecting human rights, including the principles set forth in the International Bill of Human Rights and the Core Labour Conventions of the ILO. We take care not to infringe the rights of individuals, groups and communities through our business activities and relationships.

The work with human rights goes beyond our own activities and we set high standards for suppliers as regards human rights, labour rights, working conditions and non-discrimination policies.

We recognise the importance of maintaining and promoting fundamental human and labour rights. Our work is focused on the following issues:

Forced labour and human trafficking: The VELUX Group prohibits the use of forced labour and any form of human trafficking. We do not allow use of physical punishment or other forms of physical, sexual, psychological or verbal abuse as a method of control in the work place.

Child labour: The VELUX Group prohibits any use of child labour in our own company and at our suppliers.

Freedom of association and collective bargaining: We respect our employees right to join, form or not to join a labour union without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment. Where employees are represented by a legally recognised union, we are committed to establishing a constructive dialogue with their freely chosen representatives. The VELUX Group is committed to bargaining in good faith with such representatives.

Discrimination: We have a diversity policy stating that all employees shall have equal opportunities and treatment and that no employee may be discriminated based on age, race, gender, colour, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

Working conditions: We ensure that working conditions, hours, rest periods, leave and wages are in accordance with local regulations and industry practice.


Activities

In 2017, the VELUX Management Group approved the following guidelines and systems to ensure that human and labour rights are respected in our own operations and in our global supply chain:

  • New CSR and Sustainability Policies based on the UN Global Compact
  • New Employee Code of Conduct
  • Updated Supplier Code of Conduct
  • Internal and external whistle-blower system 

Next steps

In 2018, the new policies, the Codes of Conduct and the whistle-blower system will be rolled out in the global organisation.