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Human rights

Neste Oil is committed to observing the principles contained in the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights and the key conventions on human rights promoted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The same respect for human rights is expected of all the company’s partners. The importance of respecting human rights is included in Neste Oil’s sustainability principles for biofuels, its sustainability policy, and the company’s Code of Conduct.

All forms of harassment, discrimination, child labor, forced labor, and other forms of exploitation are strictly forbidden in Neste Oil. Equality is currently the most central aspect of human rights highlighted within the company’s own operations. Neste Oil has it's own Code of Conduct, and the personnel are encouraged to familiarize themselves with it through a variety of means, including an interactive game.

Learn more about Neste Oil’s Code of Conduct, its sustainability policy, and its sustainability principles for biofuels.

Southeast Asia identified as the riskiest area

No risks associated with the use of child, forced, or prison labor were identified in Neste Oil’s operations during 2013, and there were no cases of people’s human rights being violated.

Southeast Asia, where Neste Oil buys some of its renewable raw materials, has been identified as the highest-risk region in a mapping of human rights issues covering the company’s entire supply chain. To ensure that human rights are respected throughout Neste Oil's supply chain, all of the company's potential suppliers go through due diligence reviews before they are approved as partners. Reviews cover their performance in areas such as workers’ rights and the use of child labor and forced labor. As part of the certification process, third-party auditors review the procedures used by raw material suppliers in their operations and their human rights performance. Neste Oil also requires all its palm oil suppliers to be members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). By joining the RSPO, suppliers commit themselves to the organization’s principles, which include respecting people’s human rights.

Learn more about the RSPO’s principles.

No land disputes were shown to have occurred during 2013 in areas from which Neste Oil sources its palm oil. One of its palm oil suppliers, the IOI Group, is involved in an ongoing, unresolved land-related dispute in Sarawak in Malaysia. Neste Oil does not buy palm oil from disputed land areas. None of the plantations from which Neste Oil buys palm oil have plans to extend their activities or are involved in land disputes.

Read more about how Neste Oil verifies the sustainability of its suppliers’ operations.