A company’s salient human rights issues are those human rights that stand out, because they are at risk of the most severe negative impact through the company’s activities or business relationships.
In 2017, we further studied possible impacts on people’s human rights across our value chain. We focused our efforts on seeking stakeholder input and performing due diligence in relation to our initial salient issues.
To obtain stakeholder input, the following actions have been taken:
- External stakeholders: Numerous individual meetings with NGOs, human rights experts, sustainable investors, peer companies, government bodies and other organizations to learn from their perspectives, knowledge and experiences
- External stakeholders: In June 2017, a human rights expert meeting was held in Amsterdam, which was attended by close to 20 experts representing the academic world, trade unions, government, industry associations, investors, NGOs and peer companies. During this meeting, we tested our initial salient issues with the participants and asked for their input. We received valuable feedback to strengthen our human rights program, while also having received positive feedback on our openness and work done so far
- Internal stakeholders: Numerous randomly selected employees in different roles, seniority levels, regions, businesses and departments were asked to share their views on what they view as potential impacts on human rights by AkzoNobel or by others across our value chain
- Internal stakeholders: Two human rights workshops were held with colleagues in China and India to identify potential impacts on human rights on a regional level
Based on the information and insights gathered in 2017, the Human Rights Committee re-evaluated the initial salient issues. Starting with a long list of potential impacts on human rights across our value chain, the potential impacts were prioritized by their severity and likelihood.