Prioritising human rights while pursuing sustainability

We are committed to promoteacross our supply chain, which includes the rights of our suppliers’ employees and communities along the chain.

An example of our commitment is our sourcing requirement for low-carbon electric vehicles in our fleet. We don’t want to reduce carbon at the cost of human rights.

Our goal is tofrom our operations by 2050. Converting our vehicle fleet to electric is an important step and we aim to do this by 2030.

Electric cars are emissions-free when used, but their manufacture has been implicated in sourcing essential minerals from areas of conflict where human rights are abused. While helping to reduce our GHGs, the use of vehicles containing conflict minerals compromises our human rights commitments, which we will never do.

Before electric vehicles can join our fleet, manufacturers must:

  • Comply with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains, including tracing conflict minerals to smelters and refiners

  • Accept Roche’s Supplier Code of Conduct and our right to audit for compliance

  • Have an ethical mineral-sourcing code of conduct that protects miners and families

  • Carry out a recycling programme for conflict minerals.

We implemented our ethical electric vehicle requirements in 2020. A popular car maker didn’t meet these and was excluded from the 2021 employee fleet options, worldwide. In some countries, the car manufacturers' sales representatives have reached out to us about our decision. We’ve met with them, explained our findings and concerns, and encouraged the supplier to adopt their peers' conflict mineral practices.

Implementing our policy on conflict minerals has spotlighted the human rights issues in the electric vehicle supply chain, helping to encourage manufacturers to source from responsible suppliers. We continue to engage with electric car makers to persuade them to eliminate conflict minerals. Those who choose not to comply with our policies cannot supply vehicles for our fleet.

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