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 continue to positively impact human rights through our work in the community. For example, in the United Kingdom, the QBE Foundation supported Their Voice, an initiative supporting survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. Their Voice helps survivors rebuild their lives by supplying essentials for babies, children and adults and providing advocacy for individuals applying for residency. Supported by QBE, Their Voice helped 125 trafficked women receive hospital bags, providing both practical and psychological support. Their Voice also runs programs to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery to help free existing victims and eradicate forced labour.
Through the QBE Foundation North America, we supported Restore New York City, a not-for-profit organisation making freedom real for survivors of trafficking in the United States. Since 2009, the organisation has pioneered innovative housing and economic-empowerment solutions that give survivors access to a safe home and a safe job.
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.