Social Responsibility Policy

KOMPAN Group aims to promote sustainable development of communities by considering the conditions which influence people's lives when making decisions and initiating activities within the scope of our business development. 

This applies to our employees markets in which we have companies, and to people affected by our activities.

This means that we will:

  • Be an environmentally and socially responsible company that aims to contribute to improve quality of life.
  • Work determinedly to continuously improve our activities in the social field.
  • Ensure a good and safe working environment for our employees by fostering initiatives designed to prevent work-related injuries.
  • Strengthen our position as a preferred business partner, recognizing that social responsibility contributes to creating a sustainable and profitable business.

By joining the UN Global Compact, the KOMPAN Group has decided to be active within a number of fields that relate to social responsibility. 

The following seven principles define how we aim to fulfil our social responsibility.

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We commit to a global agenda of play and active living

According to recent research conducted by WHO and OECD, play and physical activity improves cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, and cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers, all of which are crucial to counteract the negative impact of sedentary lifestyles across all ages. In addition, longitudinal research demonstrates that societies investing in the development of children and young people through play, learning, and physical exercise prosper from experience four benefits:

  • Higher educational attainment
  • Reduced health care expenditures
  • Increased economic productivity
  • Lower crime rates and safer communities

Play, learning, and community activation are elemental to KOMPAN’s philosophy. 

KOMPAN’s commitment to delivering curriculum-compliant and age-appropriate play and exercise equipment is best understood through these four principles:

First, play value must make the child and adult “want”, unknowingly, to undertake the play activity in order to cater to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Second, have “holding power”, offering variety of inspiring and fun activities in one solution while continuously offering new challenges and experiences. Third, we are committed to delivering Universal Inclusive Play activities that are relevant and fun for all children. Fourth, we support public safety in all of our designs.

We will support and respect internationally declared human rights within our spheres of influence and ensure that we are not an accomplice to human rights abuses by:

  • Including human rights aspects in business decisions where considered relevant.
  • Building competencies in relation to human rights issues in relevant parts of the organization.
  • Making use of country analyses when evaluating the human rights situation in the countries in which we have, or plan to have, production facilities.
  • Entering into a dialogue on human rights issues with the KOMPAN Group's stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations and suppliers.

We will maintain the employees' rights to unionize and recognize the employees' rights to collective bargaining. In the countries in which the employees do not have the free choice of a trade union for legislative reasons, or an established trade union system is not possible, the company will arrange for the employees to meet with the management in other ways to discuss work-related issues.

We aim to actively fight all kinds of forced labor by: Ensuring that all employees have employment contracts or are subject to agreements that specify their terms of employment, terms of termination, and show the voluntary aspect of the employment.

We aim to actively fight child labor by:

  • Ensuring that children are only employed, if they are older than the age for completing compulsory school, older than 15 years, and if they are older than the local legal minimum age of work.
  • Besides that, young people, between 15 and 18 years old, must not deal with hazardous work, not work during the night, and should have more breaks than employees over the age of 18.
  • This also applies to companies that supply goods to KOMPAN.

In special circumstances, employment of children at the age of 14 is possible, if this is allowed according to ILO convention No. 138, and if local conditions mean that having a job means the child will have the best possible protection and development. However, the job should be a light and secure part-time employment and education should be provided at the same time. In such a case, the employment should take place in close cooperation and dialogue with the child and his/her family as well as with approved international or national organizations that safeguard the interests of children.

We will abolish discrimination in the workplace by

Ensuring that non-objective discriminatory treatment does not occur with regard to employment, careers, further education, dismissals etc. Being reluctant to the use of health tests. Only the most necessary tests required by legislation or by the employees should be carried out. Health test shall not be used for discriminatory purposes.

 

KOMPAN will work against all corruption, including extortion and bribery

Corruption is one of the most substantial obstacles to free trade and also the biggest threat to eliminating poverty in the world. 

Participating in corruption and bribery is not compatible with being employed at KOMPAN. All employees at KOMPAN should be careful not to be party to situations where cooperative partners participate in corruption or bribery. If there is a reason to suspect this is the case, the immediate manager should be told immediately.

It is mandatory to report to one's superior if gifts are being accepted or offered that are not appropriate and go beyond legitimate business purposes. KOMPAN has issued a Business Ethics policy detailing how social responsibility shall be put into action, including which guidelines to follow as a KOMPAN employee. All employees must comply with the Business Ethics policy.

References: The UN Global Compact Principles published by United Nations (www.unglobalcompact.org) and joined by KOMPAN Group in 2011.