Ten universally accepted principles in the area of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption
DIA joined the United Nations Global Compact in March 2012. The objective of the UN Global Compact is to get companies to voluntarily embrace and implement ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
These ten principles are based on declarations and universal consensus. When it first started, the compact contained only nine principles: two on human rights based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, four on labour inspired by the International Labour Organization’s Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and three on the environment based on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Around the middle of 2004, the UN saw the need to reinforce these principles with a tenth principle, on anti-corruption, based on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
As a result, DIA has embedded the following principles as the strategic cornerstones of its corporate responsibility policy:
- Protection of fundamental human rights
- Non-complicity in human rights abuses
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- Elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
- Effective abolition of child labour
- Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
- Precautionary approach to environmental challenges
- Initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
- Diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
- First against corruption, including extortion and bribery
Documents cited previously in this report (e.g. the Code of Ethics), as well as the Equality Plan for employees, are guided by these principles.