Using the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Electrolux conducted a Group-level assessment in 2016 and identified the most prominent risks for harm to people - both to our own employees and people affected by our operations.
Once the global assessment was done, it was time to go local. Starting in March 2017, Electrolux kicked off a local assessment in Egypt. Team members from Group headquarters in Stockholm and the Egyptian operations took a helicopter view of the operations in the country - our own operations as well as outcomes of supplier audits - trying to understand where the biggest risks to people lie.
The team conducted web surveys and interviews with blue-collar and white-collar workers. All relevant functions were included, and external stakeholders were interviewed to ensure an external perspective was taken into account.
At Electrolux, we're always seeking ways to improve, and the local human rights assessments show us how we can further raise standards and minimize risks.
The assessment in Egypt identified a number of areas where we are strong, including environment, health and safety. Also appreciated by those interviewed were our responsible sourcing program and that Electrolux was being proactive and choosing to conduct this assessment.
On the other side of the coin, areas identified for improvement include traffic safety, meals, transportation, wages and medical insurance. A number of actions have been planned to boost conditions for employees.
This case study is related to our promise Act ethically and respect human rights.