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1. Business conduct

1.3 Human rights

1.3 Human rights

UCB and its colleagues are required to comply with all applicable laws and to respect human rights and act with due diligence to avoid infringing on the rights of others, as expressed by the International Bill of Human Rights and the principles set out in the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. UCB respects the human rights of workers and ensures that employees are treated with dignity and respect. UCB expects the same behavior from consultants and others acting on behalf of UCB. Respecting Human Rights is the responsibility of everyone. UCB colleagues should notify their Manager or report via Hotline/Helpline or the Integrity Line™ of any adverse impacts involving the company, colleagues or contractors. Human rights risks are reported in the Risk Management section of this report.

UCB is determined to make an impact in the domain of human rights and to take the necessary steps to promote and encourage high ethical standards of working and fair treatment of human beings. We have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of human rights abuses, including modern slavery. UCB publishes its statement on Modern Slavery according to U.K. Modern Slavery Act every year.

Considering the nature of our operations, UCB monitors our relationships with third parties, since this is the area where risks related to Human Rights are most likely. These third parties include our supply chains (i.e. purchasing of goods and services) and agency workers, and particularly in countries where we operate which may be regarded as higher risk. Our Code of Conduct, a robust due diligence process and audits conducted by our Internal Audit team aim to mitigate these risks.

To date, no report of an infringement of human rights associated with UCB or its suppliers has been identified to the company.