Belron First Corporate Responsibility Report Outlines Company Policies on Human Rights, Corruption, Environment and Discrimination
June 1, 2011

Belron has released its first corporate responsibility report, as part of its participation in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, which the company joined in January 2010. The report, titled “Communications on Progress,” details the company’s efforts among each of the Global Compacts ten principles.

“This is a way of working that we have always believed in at Belron, but over the last two years we have put a more structured approach in place to manage our performance on sustainability issues to ensure it is a strategic focus throughout our operations and that we have appropriate practices in place,” says Belron CEO Gary Lubner in the report.
In response to two of the Global Compact principles dealing with human rights, company officials say they have shown their commitment to human rights by introducing a new program called “Our Way of Working” that has been presented to all of its management teams across the world and also includes an employee complaint process.

“It is currently in the final stages of being rolled out to every employee in the Group which includes raising awareness and training of employees specifically on Human Rights,” writes the company. “In addition, since the rollout of this code started we have put in place a confidential complaints process using an independent provider.”

With regard to the principles related to labor, the report says Belron “will not work with any organization that fails to uphold basic human rights and includes any form of forced labor, physical punishment or other abuse.”

“We are completely committed to reporting any concerns about human rights abuse immediately,” writes the company. “Our internal speak up line will enable any employee to report any direct violation of this internally.”

The report goes on to note that Belron will not employ anyone below the age of 16 or the local legal minimum employment age, and has policies in place to prevent any form of discrimination based on race, nationality, religion, age, disability, gender, martial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, union membership or political affiliation.

Three of the Global Compact principles deal with the environment, and Belron officials point out in the report that they are working to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions throughout the world, along with promoting windshield repair when possible. The company also is looking to increase windshield recycling when repair is not possible.

“ … Where [repair] is not possible we recycle the glass where possible and we are pursuing a zero-to-landfill policy on all the vehicle glass waste we create by 2015,” writes Belron. “We are actively pursuing innovative new ways to achieve this in countries where historically it has been difficult to recycle the glass.”

The last of the principles deals with working against corruption, including extortion and bribery, and Belron officials say they “will not accept or offer money to induce favorable treatment for Belron including the acceptance or donation of money to any employee of a government organization or a government official.

“We do not tolerate such activity by your employees and those with whom we do business,” writes the company.

The UN Global Compact is “a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption,” according to information from the UN’s website.

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