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Response by Veon

Author: Veon, Published on: 11 March 2020

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...With regards to the Final Statement issued by the Dutch National Contact Point (NCP) about our operating company in Bangladesh, we note that the NCP found no wrongdoing by VEON or our operating company in Bangladesh. We further note that the NCP’s recommendations need to be considered within the context of prevailing Bangladeshi law. VEON is currently studying the findings and assessing next steps. 

In Bangladesh, VEON complies with local laws and regulations and expects the same from employees and third parties. Our employees in the country are encouraged to join ongoing engagement forums with each other and management, and the local company takes pride in maintaining a workplace culture of openness and respect for human rights. 

VEON’s broader continued commitment to human rights is demonstrated throughout our Group’s business principles and policies. Human rights issues are integral aspects of both the Group Code of Conduct and Business Partner Code of Conduct, which all suppliers are required to comply with in order to work with our companies. In parallel, the Group Health and Safety Policy provides guidelines to maintain a safe and effective working environment for all VEON employees and third parties. 

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This is a response from the following companies: VEON (formerly VimpelCom)