Statement of Principles

We as INTOS Electronic AG consider the protection and promotion of human rights both within the company and along the supply chain to be a central part of our corporate values and commitments. We are aware of our responsibility to ensure that the rights and dignity of all people directly or indirectly involved in our value chain are respected and protected. At the same time, however, we are aware that the production of goods along complex supply chains can have a detrimental impact on human rights. As a global company, we continually work to implement measures to ensure that human rights are respected in all of our business activities. Our principles regarding human rights in the supply chain are as follows:
  • Respect for human rights: We are committed to respecting internationally recognised human rights standards, including but not limited to avoiding forced labour, child labour, discrimination and ensuring fair working conditions.
  • Working in partnership: We endeavour to work in partnership with our suppliers and business partners in order to promote a shared understanding of human rights and ensure compliance with these standards along the entire supply chain as far as possible. The supply chain is monitored and documented by our team at regular intervals. Our requirements for each of our suppliers are set out in our Supplier Declaration on Sustainability, which is based on the BSCI Code of Conduct, for example.
  • Transparency and disclosure: We are committed to transparency and hereby disclose how we fulfil our human rights obligations. 
  • Risk management and continuous improvement: We maintain the relevant data within the aforementioned documentation and monitor it in order to be able to react to specific situations. We regularly carry out risk assessments in order to identify and minimise potential risks of human rights violations.
  • We are also committed to the continuous improvement of our measures and processes for compliance with human rights, environmental protection and occupational safety.

Risk analysis 

Analysis of the supply chain:

  • Suppliers and partner companies: Assessment of risks in relation to direct suppliers 
  • Identification of critical areas: Identification of production sites or labour processes where the risk of human rights violations could be higher.

Evaluation of internal processes:

  • Due diligence process: Review existing monitoring and review mechanisms to ensure that human rights considerations are adequately addressed.

Risk assessment and prioritisation:

  • Prioritisation of measures: Prioritisation of risk mitigation based on the severity of the risks and the likelihood of their occurrence. To this end, we incorporate the assessments of external experts into our actions where necessary. 

Development of risk minimisation measures: 

  • Implementation of guidelines: Development of clear guidelines for suppliers within our Supplier Declaration on Sustainability and for our employees in order to raise awareness of human rights.
  • Engagement and support of suppliers: Promoting relationships based on partnership and supporting suppliers in implementing measures to comply with human rights standards. 
  • Regular monitoring: Implementation of a system to continuously monitor compliance with standards and respond to potential risks at an early stage. 
  • Review and adjustment: Regular review of the risk analysis and the measures implemented in order to adjust and improve them if necessary

Measures / responsibility

We utilise the information from the risk analysis and derive specific measures from it. A particular focus here is on the supply chains of our own brand, where we have identified greater opportunities to exert influence. The measures are intended to achieve continuous improvements and range from, for example, more sustainable packaging materials to audits and certifications.

Complaints procedure

Should human rights violations occur despite our measures, we have established a whistleblower system to receive complaints. These can be reported by anyone associated with us, regardless of whether they are employees in our supply chains, our employees or our clients, in each case anonymously. All reports are treated confidentially and are carefully investigated. The identities of the whistleblowers are protected unless there is an explicit request for disclosure.

Reporting

We are aware that human rights due diligence is an ongoing process. For this reason, we work on it continuously and adapt it to given circumstances. We report on our progress on a regular basis as part of our annual report.