Human rights are embedded in all our business
Since the foundation of our company in 1896, Roche as a multinational enterprise has in many ways fostered human rights in our own operations, in our value chain and our activities related to our business. This valuable contribution to society is acknowledged by many stakeholders. We monitor and evaluate our activities, provide evidence and actively engage with our stakeholders.
The “Ruggie Framework” consisting of the three pillars “Protect, Respect and Remedy” was approved by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011 when it adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). It has received widespread support from governments, business and society. As a result, countries have issued a national action plan in order to nationally implement the UNGPs.
Roche acknowledges, supports and respects the UNGPs. We are equally committed to complying with the 10 UN Global Compact Principles; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work stipulated by the International Labour Organization.
We strive to embed human rights in existing operations by multiple means: assess the risks, increase awareness, foster due diligence, strengthen the legal framework, collaborate in collective actions, open dialoguing and transparent reporting. Where faced with human rights violations, we implement adequate remediation.