Like all businesses we have a responsibility to respect Human Rights.
Human Rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world. They include the right to life, the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of thought, religion and expression. Underlying Our Values is the right everyone has to be treated with dignity, fairness, equality and respect, and we are committed to applying these values in our business every day, everywhere.
Our commitment to respecting human rights acknowledges all internationally recognised Human Rights as outlined in the International Bill of Rights, including the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Rights and Principles at Work. That means wherever we work in the world, we will seek to respect and uphold the fundamental Human Rights and freedoms of everyone who works for us or with us, and of the people and communities we work among.
It’s vital to stay alert so we avoid infringing the rights of others and address such impacts where they occur. A company can be involved in adverse human rights impacts in three ways:
- It may cause the impact through its own activities;
- It may contribute to the impact through its own activities, either directly or through some outside entity; or
- It may be linked to the impact caused by an entity with which it has a business relationship.
We all have a responsibility to respect human rights. For us the ultimate responsibility for our respect for human rights rest with the Serco Group plc Board and its Corporate Responsibility Committee which reviews and approves company policy and standards on human rights and considers any human rights risks we may face and looks at how we manage them.
We work in many parts of the world, some of which have poor Human Rights records. So our Executive Management Team must approve all projects and business opportunities before we undertake any work in them.
We recognise we can make a positive difference in helping to realise human rights through the services we offer, including through the provision of decent jobs and a contribution to the growth and development of societies. We can help people to realise their rights directly, indirectly or in partnership with others. This might be through the provision of a safe space, enabling health services or protecting people's lives. We can also work with States to reform and improve public services and conditions in areas where we operate.
If you see something that you believe may be breaching Human Rights then you should Speak Up.