Our goal is to improve human rights, both along the supply chains in Germany as well as worldwide, while ensuring legal certainty and fair competitive conditions in the supply chains at the same time.
Every link in the supply chain must live up to its responsibility and respect human rights and the environment. A violation must not remain without consequences. The competitive conditions must be fair in the entire European and international context. Therefore, regulations and standards with international binding force are required. Binding regulations must be equally applicable to all value chains.
The limits of the due diligence obligations should always represent the actual legal and economic influence of a company along the supply chain.
Equal rights play a very important role in the observance of human rights. Vulnerable population groups such as people with disabilities, women, children, LGBTQIA + (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans *, queer, inter *, asexual and other persons) or ethnic and religious minorities are increasingly experiencing discrimination or the disregard of their human rights.
Respectful interaction with each other is our top priority. Therefore, it is our duty to all stakeholders
- to practice and enforce equal treatment,
- to provide support and
- fair remuneration, as well as
- to take preventive measures and
- to prevent incidents that indicate discrimination immediately.
We are committed to ensure that the workplace is a safe place for all employees. This is why we, at PreZero, promote the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. Taking safety precautions ensures a safe work environment, even for high-risk activities in our company.
At PreZero, workplace-related topics are managed by the operational central department Health & Safety, in coordination with the HR department. Exemplarily, an international accident reporting process has already been set up, which allows for an exchange of experiences and for the derivation of preventive measures to ensure the health of our colleagues in the field. In addition, we are working on a program to increase safety at work in our countries.
As part of the vulnerable stakeholder groups, we focus particularly on children and adolescents. We offer adolescents various training opportunities, secure jobs and career opportunities at PreZero.
To protect children and adolescents, we observe the guidelines of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the ILO Core Labor Standards, and we also advocate for the abolition of child labor with our contractual partners.
Our employees make major contributions to the material transformation. About 75% of them work in the operational area, for example within collection, sorting and transportation.
We take responsibility for our employees by offering them development opportunities with a right to participation, long-term prospects, and attractive remuneration. In addition, we are committed to a healthy work environment, the compatibility of private and professional life, as well as respectful cooperation and fair recruiting.
Our Business Principles
We are committed to fair business practices, transparency, good working and living conditions, human rights and environmentally friendly behavior in our supply chain.
Raw materials and recyclables go through many hands in our supply chains. Our activities often start where both private individuals and companies provide their waste for transport. To get closer to our goal and close loops, we work with more than 60,000 business partners and service providers in more than 20 countries.
Compliance with human rights and environmental standards is of utmost importance for all of our activities. This applies to all service providers along our value chain - including those with whom we do not maintain direct business relationships. We expect all stakeholders involved to adhere to our high standards and use a variety of instruments and measures to monitor our requirements. We are systematically and continuously expanding this complex task together with the departments Procurement, Sales, Risk Management, CSR and Legal & Compliance.
Our Complaint System
Our voluntary report on the German Supply Chain Act, titled „Fulfilling Our Human Rights and Environment-Related Corporate Due Diligence Obligations”, guides through the implementation process of the law at PreZero Stiftung & Co. KG for the reporting period from January 1st, 2023 until February 28th, 2023. In doing so, it informs about fundamental preparations, e.g. the definition of responsibilities, as well as tangible milestones throughout the implementation process such as the execution of a risk analysis with subsequent processing of results.