On the 10th of December we celebrate Human Rights Day – the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
This year’s Human Rights Day marks the beginning of a year-long campaign to celebrate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the milestone Declaration that established the unquestionable rights which every human being is inherently entitled to. A document, written by representatives of various legal and cultural backgrounds from all over the world, which defines the equal dignity and worth of every person, raising them for millions of people.
The principles stated in 1948 in the Declaration are still relevant today and the test of time during almost 70 years now proves the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all and we at GEODIS know that very well: in the workplace as in the marketplace, equality and integrity are capital to who we are. Numerous initiatives are carried out to align its HR strategy, company culture and day-to-day operations with the UN principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. GEODIS takes care and time to make his employees familiarize with those principles.
How are those principles integrated into our business?
First and foremost, as signatory of the UN Global Compact, we respect them by protecting the international Human Rights within our sphere of influence and making sure that we are not complicit in their abuses. We do not tolerate discrimination and give our best to defend all of our employees against harassment in the workplace regardless of race, age, disability, color, gender and sexual orientation, religion, language, (political) opinion, origin (national or social), property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, in accordance with the internationally recognized core employment standards of the International Labor Organization, we do not prevent our employees from freely joining groups for the promotion and protection of their employment interests and we do not tolerate any kind of forced or compulsory labor or child labor in any of our sites worldwide.
It is GEODIS’ believe that thanks to the 1948 Declaration, alongside with the States’ commitments to its values, we all have taken the path for a more just world.