Human rights

Wärtsilä supports and respects basic human values as outlined in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wärtsilä also supports the Ten Principles of UN Global Compact, of which six principles are related to Human and Labour rights.

Wärtsilä’s employees represent 114 different nationalities. The company supports fair and equal treatment of all its employees. Wärtsilä supports the work-related rights defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Therefore the company works to ensure that there is freedom of association and right to collective bargaining in the company. In those countries where local legislation does not recognise these rights, Wärtsilä endeavours to give employees other channels for expressing their opinions.

Wärtsilä does not accept the use of forced labour or child labour in any form. Wärtsilä is unaware of any cases of breach of human rights, discrimination, infringements of rights at work or the use of forced or child labour. Wärtsilä Korea Ltd. was charged a penalty fee of EUR 7,869 for not fulfilling its legal obligation to hire disabled persons covering a minimum of 5% of the total headcount. The company has mainly hired blue collar employees, which limits the suitable job offerings to disabled persons. In Wärtsilä Ship Design Poland Sp.z.o.o., two employees violated the Wärtsilä Code of Conduct by misusing confidential information related to Wärtsilä personnel. These employees received written warnings in accordance with the local labour legislation.

Since Wärtsilä expects its partners and suppliers to act in compliance with its Code of Conduct, similar measures will also apply to them. The company sets common requirements for its suppliers and regularly monitors conformance with these requirements through numerous performance indicators and audits. All the company’s main suppliers are required to comply with Wärtsilä’s requirements, in order to gain approved supplier status. Wärtsilä assesses all companies in conjunction with mergers and acquisitions. An integral part of these due diligence assessments is compliance with relevant legislation.

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