Philip Morris International has published its first Human Rights Report outlining the company’s strategy to promote, respect, and protect human rights.
PMI says its approach to human rights is grounded in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (UNGPs), and the strategy is centered on four pillars:
- A sound framework: PMI’s human rights work is governed by PMI’s Human Rights Commitment, which is implemented by other PMI policy instruments such as the company’s Code of Conduct.
- Rigorous due diligence: PMI has robust programs and processes in place to identify adverse impacts across its value chain.
- Remediation: If adverse impacts do occur, PMI strives to ensure access to grievance mechanisms.
- Transparency: Reporting transparently on PMI’s progress and challenges through its annual reporting and targeted communications.
Jennifer Motles, Chief Sustainability Officer at PMI says, “Human rights are inherent to the dignity of human life and a prerequisite for society to prosper. As a global company, we work to uphold human rights both within our organization and across our value chain. We will continue to work with different parts of society in a multi-stakeholder approach to achieve sustainable solutions that comprehensively address systemic human rights issues”.