Response by COFCO International
COFCO International is committed to the International Bill of Human Rights and the eight International Labour Organization Core Conventions. We also adhere the Environmental and Social Performance Standards of International Finance Corporation, a shareholder of COFCO International. Extending to our contractors, our Human Rights and Labour Policy outlines our standards for freedom of association, no forced or child labour, diversity and equal opportunities, no harassment and fair employment practices. These principles are strictly adhered to across our global operations through country-level policies and procedures, while regular internal due diligence is conducted to ensure compliance. Our global grievance mechanism is available for any concern related to human and labour rights abuse.
Furthermore, in 2017, we created our Supplier Code of Conduct with principles that we expect all our suppliers to adhere to. These include compliance with applicable laws and regulations, respect for labour rights, sound environmental, health and safety practices and protection of native vegetation and biodiversity. Based on the Supplier Code of Conduct principles, we are developing commodity-specific policies to specify sourcing criteria and guide the suppliers in complying with our Code. These sourcing policies are fully implemented in our business activities.
We publish annual sustainability reports outlining progress made towards our mission to meet rising demand for food in a sustainable way at www.cofcointernational.com