Integrity and respect for all
Integrity and respect are core to how we operate. We strive to perform our work ethically and responsibly: maintaining compliance, minimising negative social and environmental impacts, and respecting and advancing human rights. We are guided in how we operate by our governance structure, group policies, standards and processes to uphold these values and continuously look for ways to improve.
Our approach to respecting human rights is aligned to internationally recognised human rights principles, including the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labour Organisation’s Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Our expectations of people within our business and our business partners, are outlined in our Human Rights at Work Policy and our Code of Business Conduct. In summary, we:
- oppose any form of slavery, forced labour, human trafficking and child labour and are committed to taking action to reduce the risk of this occurring in our operations and supply chain
- are committed to looking after the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and visitors, and ensuring our workplace is free from discrimination
- comply with all employment laws and obligations, and ensuring appropriate pay and working hours for our people
- promote freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
Our Modern Slavery Statement (PDF 3.8MB) addresses Modern Slavery requirements in both the United Kingdom and Australia. We have a multi-function working group tasked with implementing our Modern Slavery approach.
We have identified areas of risk, not just in our own operations but also throughout our supply chain. We are continuing to mature our approach to Modern Slavery risk, grievance and reporting mechanisms and remedy.
Indigenous Peoples and cultural heritage
Our operations can impact Indigenous Peoples and areas of significant cultural heritage.
The consequences for our First Nations Peoples, companies and investors when there is a breakdown in dialogue between companies and Traditional Owners and when there are inadequacies in company ability to effectively manage cultural heritage, can be severe and irrevocable. Like many other businesses, Orica is revisiting our approach to First Nations/Indigenous stakeholder engagement in Australia and beyond. We are reviewing our governance, policies, processes and practices and our culture. There is much to learn and improve and this will be an area of increasing focus for Orica.
Ethical supply chains
At Orica, we have the ability to influence change through our supply chain and opportunity to work collaboratively with our suppliers to address social, environmental, and ethical impacts. We also recognise that procuring from local and diverse suppliers is a way to share economic value in the communities in which we operate and contribute to creating more inclusive economies.
As a condition of doing business with us, our suppliers must:
- comply with all contractual conditions, policies and procedures, including our Code of Business Conduct and Human Rights at Work policy
- meet all country-specific legislative requirements required to operate their respective businesses
- meet our safety, sustainability and capability requirements.