The minimum human rights requirements for Neste business partners - including suppliers, contractors and service providers - are set out in the Neste Supplier Code of Conduct, with supporting information for implementation provided in the Supplier Code of Conduct Guidance. Neste encourages and supports its business partners to continually improve and develop beyond the minimum, to reach the human rights standards and expectations set out in the Human Rights Principle.
The key human rights topics covered under the Supplier Code of Conduct include Employment Standards, Terms of Employment, Children & Young Workers, Forced Labor & Recruitment Fees, Equality & Non-Discrimination, Non-Harassment, and Freedom of Association & Collective Bargaining. These criteria are incorporated in the topics covered under the human rights due diligence processes used to identify, assess and address adverse impacts in our supply chains.
We work to prevent and mitigate adverse impacts in our supply chains for renewable raw materials by pre-screening suppliers on human rights criteria, by conducting social audits, supplier surveys and assessments, by training Neste employees and engaging in capacity building with suppliers, and by participating in multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships to jointly address root causes and systemic issues along the value chain.
In 2022, we partnered with Work Ahead to launch the use of a worker voice tool in Neste’s supply chains. The worker voice tool is an audiovisual survey that enables direct and anonymous engagement with workers using mobile devices. It will be used to complement, but not replace, worker interviews during Neste sustainability audits, as a way to scale up the number of workers we engage with and improve our overall understanding of workers’ experiences. The survey will provide insights on various topics impacting workers in Neste’s supply chains, for example, inequality, living wages, recruitment fees and children’s access to education – priority areas of focus under our human rights ambition for 2030.