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Human Rights Policy
Last Updated: 28 November 2023
Respect for human rights is a fundamental requirement for all businesses and central to their relationships with their stakeholders. The Office Group (“the company”, “us”, “we”, “our”) also looks to be a good neighbour and a pro-active member of the communities where it operates.
The Office Group supports the principles outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
This policy applies to all the company’s operations and sites.
The Office Group is committed to ensuring that everyone affected by the company’s activities is treated with respect. We are committed to identifying, preventing, and mitigating adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities before they occur.
The Office Group recognises its impact on the communities it creates within its workplaces and within the locality of its sites. We strive to be a good neighbour at all times. The company is committed to engaging with its communities to ensure that it is listening to, learning from, and taking into account their views as it conducts its business. Where appropriate, The Office Group is committed to engaging in dialogue with stakeholders on human rights issues related to its businesses and the environment in which they operate.
The Office Group values the diversity of both its employees and members and has a commitment to equal opportunity. We are committed to our workplaces being welcoming to everyone at all times and free from discrimination or harassment. The Office Group prohibits disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour and harassment.
These principles also apply to the business partners with whom The Office Group works.
Freedom of association and collective bargaining
The Office Group supports employees’ right to join, form or not to join a trade union without fear of reprisal, intimidation, or harassment. Where employees are represented by a legally recognised union, The Office Group is committed to establishing a constructive dialogue with their freely chosen representatives. The company is committed to bargaining in good faith with such representatives.
Slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour
The Office Group is fundamentally opposed to slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour. We will not employ people under the age of 16 and will ensure that all employment with the group is voluntary.
The Office Group will not conduct business with any organisation that it becomes aware is engaged in activities that involve slavery, forced or child labour.
If any The Office Group employee becomes aware of any instances of non-compliance with this policy they should report those issues to their line manager or the human resources department. If any The Office Group members becomes aware of any such instances they should report the same to the General Manager of The Office Group building.
If any incident does arise in respect of a The Office Group employee that is deemed to be in breach of this policy, the incident will be managed in line with the company’s Disciplinary Procedure and such an employee may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal.
If any incident arises with a third party, The Office Group may seek to terminate any agreement with that third party or their ability to occupy our buildings.