Irizar Group – A Socially Responsible Brand in: Human Rights, Labour Rights, Environment and Anti-Corruption

Here at Irizar, we are convinced that OUR BRAND IS OUR GREATEST ASSET and our goal is to strengthen it by offering our customers the best products and services in order to gain their trust and loyalty. WE ARE COMMITTED TO A BETTER WORLD and, in line with our mission, we encourage all our employees to be committed to sustainable competitiveness in social, environmental and economic terms.

That’s why we are working hard to become recognised as a SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE BRAND. And, along these lines, we have recently became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, thus reflecting our commitment to Human Rights, Labour Rights, Environment, and Anti-Corruption.

The United Nations Global Compact is an international initiative that promotes the implementation of 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption in the activities and business strategy of companies.

With more than 10,000 signatories in over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative in the world. There are 2,182 signatory organisations in the Spanish Global Compact Network, with 1,519 SMEs, 305 Large Enterprises and 358 other entities.

Backed by the CEOs of its signatory companies, the Global Compact is a practical framework in which to develop, implement and disseminate corporate sustainability policies and practices, offering its signatories a wide range of resources and management tools to help them implement sustainable business models.

The United Nations Global Compact pursues two complementary objectives:

  1. Incorporate the 10 Principles into business activities around the world.
  2. Channel actions in support of the broader objectives of the United Nations, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Ten Principles of the Global Compact are based on Universal Declarations and Conventions and are divided into four main blocks:

  • Human Rights: Principles 1 and 2 are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Labour: Principles 3, 4, 5 and 6 are inspired by the ILO’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
  • Environment: Principles 7, 8 and 9 are based on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
  • Anti-Corruption: Principle 10, the last to be incorporated, is based on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

Principle 1

Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed fundamental human rights within their sphere of influence

Principle 2

Businesses should ensure that their companies are not complicit in human rights abuses

Principle 3

Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

Principle 4

Businesses should support the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour

Principle 5

Businesses should support the abolition of child labour

Principle 6

Businesses should support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Principle 7

Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8

Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility

Principle 9

Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Principle 10

Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery