Our Human Rights EngagementTaking Responsibility for Human Rights throughout the Value Chain


We see it as our responsibility to actively uphold human rights along our entire value chain. Within this area, we perceive the main risks to human rights as lying above all in the upstream supply chain. Therefore, in our internal and external Codes of Conduct (CoC) we have integrated corresponding binding policies, by this we require both our employees and our suppliers to uphold and promote human rights ever since.

Our own business activities and cooperation with our business partners are based on the following principles and guidelines:

  • The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • All applicable country-specific laws and statutory requirements.

With our commitment to the UN Global Compact we emphasize once more our responsibility to support human rights and that we actively promote its ten principles in any of our own companies as well as in our business partners’ organizations.

Uniform Ethical Principles for all Employees Worldwide

Our CoC for Employees requires all managers and employees worldwide to adopt and uphold our company values and regulations. This ethical guideline was most recently updated in 2019 and has been rolled out globally to all affiliates.

A Shared Understanding of Ethical Standards with our Suppliers

We also support responsible business in line with ethical and legal standards beyond our direct sphere of influence. In our Supplier CoC we promote both compliance with occupational health and safety standards as well as with fundamental employee rights regarding working hours, fair remuneration, freedom of association, and collective bargaining. The Supplier CoC forms the basis for all forms of collaboration with external partners, as their explicit written commitment to the Supplier CoC is compulsory for all suppliers within the Beiersdorf network. The implementation of the Supplier CoC is monitored in our Responsible Sourcing Program. It comprises a comprehensive risk assessment and independent auditing of our suppliers – supported by our Sedex and AIM-PROGRESS memberships.

Effective grievance mechanisms

For us, it is of paramount importance to find out about possible irregular behavior – whether intentional or not – to respond rapidly to any systematic or material compliance breaches. In so doing, we protect our company, employees, and consumers.

Through various whistleblowing channels, our employees as well as customers, consumers and stakeholders have the opportunity to report potential incidents. Internally, our employees have the opportunity to contact compliance colleagues directly, even in a personal conversation, or to report a violation via the compliance hotline. In addition, we have established an externally accessible whistleblowing system Speak up. We care. It is a protected, secure, and independent reporting channel for our employees as well as our customers, consumers, and stakeholders and is available in more than 40 languages in all countries where Beiersdorf and its subsidiaries do business. For our employees in Germany, there is also the possibility to contact an ombudsman.