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Declaration of principles of the Hama Group regarding the respect of human rights and protection of the environment

As a company with international business relationships and a global business model, the Hama Group – hereinafter referred to as Hama – is aware of its overall corporate responsibility. We are therefore committed to improving the global human rights situation and environmental protection along our supply chains and organise our business relationships in a socially and environmentally conscious manner with a view to sustainable development for all parties involved.

To this end, we have developed a human rights and environmental protection strategy that we systematically apply within our supply chain. In a continuous improvement process, our measures are analysed on the basis of success, developed and improved on a regular basis. A key component of this is the establishment of suitable risk management.

Our commitment to international standards and guidelines

The declaration of principles is based on compliance with relevant regulations and laws. The following international standards and guidelines in particular are fundamental to our business activities and co-operation with our business partners:

  • The United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The fundamental principles of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • The ten principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC)
  • The law on due diligence in the supply chain (LkSG)

In addition, the requirements of the following conventions and regulations in particular are key references for our responsible behaviour:

  • Minamata Convention on Mercury
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
  • EU regulation on the import of conflict materials ((EU) 2017/821)

Hama's human rights and environmental principles

We focus on compliance with the human rights and environmental principles listed below in order to safeguard and protect the human rights of our own employees and the employees of our business partners, as well as to protect the environment.

We ask our employees and business partners to adhere to the following principles, which ensure fair working conditions and mutual respect:

Human rights and working conditions

  • The ban on child labour in accordance with the ILO Convention
  • No forced labour and prohibition of all forms of slavery
  • Occupational health and safety and reasonable working hours
  • Freedom of association
  • Equal treatment of employees
  • Adequate wages
  • The prohibition of unlawful eviction and unlawful seizure of land, forests and waters
  • Prohibition of hiring or using security forces to protect the business project
  • No impairment of protected legal positions

Environmental protection

  • Prohibition of causing harmful soil, water and air pollution, noise emissions or disproportionate water consumption
  • Ban on the manufacture of products containing mercury (Minamata Agreement)
  • Ban on the use of mercury and mercury waste
  • Ban on the production and use of chemicals (persistent organic pollutants POPs) in accordance with EU Regulation 2019/2021
  • Prohibition of non-environmentally sound handling, storage and disposal of waste (POPs)
  • Ban on the import and export of hazardous waste (Basel Convention)

Risk analysis and prevention

We carry out risk analyses in the context of our business activities. The risk classification of business partners and products is based on the analysis of audits and recognised indices and studies. The findings are used to develop specific measures to minimise or avoid risks.

We have established measures to adequately protect the human rights of our employees, which are documented in our corporate principles, guidelines and procedural instructions.

Remedial measures

We reserve the right to take remedial action in the event of human rights and environmental violations, which may extend to the termination of business relationships, depending on the severity of the violation.

Complaints procedure

In addition, a complaints procedure has been set up to enable anonymised reporting of violations of human rights or environmental concerns.

The complaints system is accessible to Hama employees and third parties at the following address:

All messages are checked and processed. Each incident is assigned to the relevant departments so that specific and appropriate measures and proposed solutions can be developed and followed up.

Human rights and environmental expectations

Our human rights and environmental requirements are anchored in our Supplier Code of Conduct and our Manufacturer and Supplier Declaration. The business partners must confirm compliance with the requirements in writing.

Corporate responsibility

The responsibility for this policy statement lies with Hama management. It is their task to ensure that the requirements of the declaration are implemented and complied with.

Monheim, 01.12.2023
Management of the Hama Group