When talking about social responsibility at Konecranes, we talk about our own employees and all the people we have an impact on: workers in our supply chain, users of our products and the communities around us. Universal human rights are at the core of social responsibility. Human rights-related topics are owned and managed by several organizations across Konecranes. The role of the Corporate Responsibility team is to look at the big picture and ensure that salient risks are identified and organizational borders are not causing gaps for the efficient management of those risks.
Human rights due diligence
By signing the United Nations Global Compact in 2010, Konecranes pledged to support and apply the Compact’s fundamental principles in the area of human rights and working conditions. We respect and promote the principles set in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
We have incorporated our commitment to human rights into various policies that represent the minimum applicable standards to be used. Firstly, we have included the basic principles of human rights in our Code of Conduct. Furthermore, we have a corporate policy, Respect in the Workplace, which deals with equal opportunities and non-harassment practices, and creates a common framework for employee practices. Additionally, we have separate policies for Health & Safety and Diversity & Inclusion, both of which also address human rights. To ensure human rights are respected in our supply chain, we have included our basic requirements in our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We have dedicated management processes and centralized compliance processes to preserve employee rights such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, and the right to freedom from harassment and discrimination. We do not accept the use of forced or child labor in any form. Human rights are also part of our Code of Conduct training material. Moreover, we have included elements of social responsibility in our supplier management, such as in the pre-assessments and in the audits run by supplier quality teams. We also publish topic-specific statements, like the anti-slavery and human trafficking statement in the United Kingdom.
To further improve our human rights due diligence, we conducted a human rights risk screening exercise in the spring of 2020. This work will help us focus our next actions on the most critical processes, functions and/ or geographical locations.
Konecranes has a long history of community engagement; we do this independently in different locations and business units. In 2019, for example, Konecranes employees joined forces in the US to collect supplies for those in need after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in September. We are also starting to have Group-level programs. As part of the 2019 Christmas holiday season, we chose to donate to Plan International’s Girls’ Education initiative, something that matches perfectly with our diversity and inclusion vision.
At the group level, we donate to and collaborate with universities or research institutes on themes chosen by Konecranes, mainly focusing on our industry and its future. These are projects we would not do as part of our normal research and innovation collaboration. In 2019, we donated 80,000 euros to the Helsinki Centre for Data Science (HiDATA), which is jointly run by the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Data Science is a new interdisciplinary field focusing on methodologies for extracting knowledge and insights from data, thus contributing to different areas of science. Konecranes’ donation covers a post-doc researcher for two years in the field of Spatiotemporal Data Analysis covering topics such as detecting and recognizing objects with sophisticated machine learning methods.