Our Group Human Rights Policy outlines our commitment to respecting human rights and avoiding human rights harm wherever we operate. We are committed to adhering to internationally recognised human rights norms and principles to ensure dignity and equality for all our employees, customers, communities and suppliers. We reject any form of slavery, including forced or child labour, and take active measures to prevent our involvement in human rights harm through our supply chain relationships.
We are guided by internationally recognised human rights standards and guiding principles, including:
- International Bill of Human Rights which consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
- the International Labour Organisation’s eight fundamental Conventions; and
- the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
In addition, QBE is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. We continue to integrate the Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption across our strategy, culture and day-to-day operations.
We comply with national laws and regulations relating to labour and human rights applicable to our operations globally. We implement processes to comply with economic and trade sanctions, including those arising from alleged breaches of human rights, consistent with industry practice.
As part our focus on raising awareness, we continue to train and upskill our people about modern slavery and human rights.
Our work in the community
We seek to positively impact human rights through our work in the communities in which we operate. For example, in North America, the QBE Foundation supported Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). EJI provides free legal services to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons, as well as individualised re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people. EJI also collaborates with communities to memorialise documented victims of racial violence, fosters meaningful dialogue about race and justice, and is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States. EJI estimates that it reaches over two million people annually through its public education programs and serves hundreds of individuals in the criminal justice system every year.
In the Philippines, QBE supports SaferKidsPH, an Australian Government initiative delivered through the pioneering consortium of Save the Children Philippines, The Asia Foundation and UNICEF. This partnership aims to strengthen the capacity of educational authorities to more effectively prevent and respond to online sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the Philippines. QBE employee volunteers are also invited to attend training on this topic to promote working knowledge on this issue.
We continue to publish our annual Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement. Our annual Sustainability Report also provides further information on our approach to human rights.