Policies for the protection of human rights

Iren Group supports the principles of the UN Global Compact, to which it adheres, and considers the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as indispensable, as well as the Earth Charter drawn up by the Earth Council. The principles and policies adopted by Iren Group are, moreover, aligned with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, endorsed by the Italian State.

Respect for human rights is a fundamental prerequisite for proper business operations

Protection of human rights

The Group condemns any form of discrimination and promotes the respect and dignity of all individuals. In its Code of Ethics, assumes as central respect for human rights, the dignity of people and the condemnation of any discrimination - trade union, political, religious, racial, language or gender -, with the promotion of an inclusive culture at every level.

Employees and collaborators

Human resources are a factor of fundamental importance to the Group's development. Their respect and enhancement is a primary value pursued through the following principles:

  • Protecting the health and safety of workers
  • Combating forced labour and child labour
  • Freedom of association right: trade unions and freedom of association in employee representative bodies
  • Right to adequate working condition
  • Respect for diversity, non-discrimination and equal opportunities
  • Combating harassment and working conditions that may cause discomfort and stress
  • Right to privacy of personal and sensitive data

Respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all: the Group is committed to implementing all initiatives that enhance the skills, creativity and active participation of staff

Supply chain

Respect for human rights is always an indispensable prerequisite for proper business activity, which is also reflected in the supplier management system.

The Group, in accordance with the provisions of the Procurement Code on the exploitation of labour (Legislative Decree 20/2014 art. 80 paragraph 1), applies the regulations both in public tenders and in those outside the Code and requires suppliers to expressly accept the Code of Ethics as a condition for admission to tenders and as a condition for the effectiveness of contracts.

Customers and communities

The Group’s Code of Ethics states that anyone, in any capacity, working for Iren must respect people’s dignity, treat them fairly and avoid any discrimination, and that all Group employees and collaborators are required to treat customers with respect and courtesy.

For this reason, respect for human rights is part of the constant stakeholder dialogue (through the Local Committees) and the Group’s commitments are also recalled in the Service Charters adopted, which providing continuity, efficiency, effectiveness of service respect for the environment and the protection of citizens’ health and safety.  

Strategic operations

Also in 2023 in the extraordinary transactions aimed at acquiring companies/shareholdings, the Group carried out the appropriate due diligence activities aimed at verifying the application of labour and workplace safety regulations required by Italian legislation; the existence of any disputes on the subject, the adoption of a Model 231 and a Code of Ethics, and the identification of any risks linked to the non-application of these regulations and management models with the adoption of the appropriate actions.