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Policy Statement

Responsibility for the implementation of this policy statement is managed by the personally liable partners of Kesseböhmer Holding KG and the managing directors of the subsidiaries of Kesseböhmer Holding KG as well as the respective managers of Kesseböhmer subsidiaries. This ensures that every division in the Kesseböhmer Group is clear about their own responsibility for respecting human rights and their day-to-day implementation.

The Kesseböhmer Group is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. We have always been committed to human rights from the beginning. Among other things, our commitment is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. We are also guided by the International Bill of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation’s 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Our actions are shaped by the strict observance of all applicable laws and regulations. Wherever local legislation does not provide seamless compliance with international human rights, we will always act in compliance with the higher standard for human rights. If there are any conflicts, we will observe the national law but at the same time, seek ways to safeguard international human rights and act in accordance with the principles of the International Bill of Human Rights referred to above and the other frameworks and standards below.

  • The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
  • the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
  • the Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on labour and social standards,
  • the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), 2
  • the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises,
  • the principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC),
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

We only purchase our raw materials from suppliers who operate in a working environment that is equivalent to our standards. We monitor compliance with our standard, such as the ban on child labour. Our suppliers have also been informed of our standard and have confirmed to us that they observe the principles of our standard and the International Bill of Human Rights as well as the requirements of our policy on responsible purchasing. We will not tolerate any child labour and prohibit our suppliers by contract from employing children. Our risk management system stipulates that we will take measures with the aim of continuously improving the terms and conditions for purchasing our raw materials in keeping with our high standards. We constantly review these monitoring processes and are continuously working on making these even more effective. We encourage our employees to report any breaches of the aforementioned principles, universal declarations and other regulations via the existing complaints or dispute resolution procedures. To this end, we have provided a reporting system on our web forms in order to report any potential breaches, in particular of this policy statement.

Our respect for human rights is an integral part of the Kesseböhmer Group and its corporate code of conduct.

Staff and managers are trained in these areas. The relevant training sessions on the subject of human rights are currently being prepared.

Oliver Kesseböhmer

Acting Partner
Kesseböhmer Group

Status: 01/2023