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Human Rights & Fair Employment

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We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to have meaningful work rewarded in a fair manner. Connecting people to meaningful employment has always been our purpose. And we have always been committed to carrying out that purpose in the most ethical and responsible way, with respect for individual dignity and fundamental human rights.

As an active participant in the United Nations Global Compact, we have publicly declared our respect and support for internationally proclaimed human rights. We are committed to making the Global Compact and its Principles part of our culture, strategy and day-to-day operations.

As a member of the World Employment Confederation (WEC), ManpowerGroup has pledged its support for the International Labor Organization’s Fundamental Conventions and Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.

Our standard practices are designed to protect and promote these fundamental principles:

Freedom from forced labor and the abolition of child labor

  • ManpowerGroup was the first company to sign the Athens Ethical Principles, which declare a "zero tolerance" policy for human trafficking. This includes our clients, vendors and business partners. We will not work with any entity that benefits in any way from human trafficking or forced labor of any kind. 
  • We never charge, directly or indirectly, any fees or costs to jobseekers and workers for the services related to temporary assignments or direct placements.
  • We adhere to all local, national and international employment and immigration laws and regulations wherever we operate. 
  • We do not employ anyone under 18 years of age, and have standard processes to verify age and eligibility to work.

Freedom from discrimination

  • We are committed to ensuring fairness in the hiring and advancement of all people without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, cultural background, gender, age, disability, caste, marital status, union membership, political affiliation, pregnancy, health, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status.
  • We embrace individual differences in a spirit of inclusiveness that welcomes all people and seeks to provide them with the opportunity to unleash their potential. 
  • We expect our employees to treat all people with respect, dignity, courtesy and fairness. We all share responsibility for maintaining a safe and respectful work environment free of unprofessional or abusive conduct or harassment of any type. Our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics outlines these expectations in detail, and they are reinforced through annual training and certification.

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining

  • We are committed to cooperating with employee representative organizations and to having meaningful and constructive relationships with trade unions at the local and national level. 
  • Through our participation in the WEC, we engage in social dialogue at the regional and global level, and have entered into bi- and tri-partite agreements that advance the rights of workers.

We expect our operations to comply with all international and local laws and regulations, and believe we should go beyond mere compliance. We assess the impact of our business activities on fundamental human rights at work, and identify opportunities to create positive impact on our local communities through our Sustainability Plan.

We provide public access to the ManpowerGroup Ethics Hotline for reporting concerns or suspected violations of our policies or the law. We commit to following up on all reports, and we will not tolerate retaliation for any reports made in good faith.

We commit to promoting fundamental human rights within our sphere of influence, and expect our clients and partners to do the same. Working with nearly 400,000 employers around the world, we are in the unique and privileged position to promote and protect fundamental rights at work throughout complex multinational supply chains. Our good practices to prevent and combat human trafficking have been recognized by the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) and formed the basis for the Standards of Ethical Practice set out in An Ethical Framework for Cross-Border Labor Recruitment: An Industry Stakeholder Collaboration to Reduce the Risks of Forced Labor and Human Trafficking.

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