Mondelēz Strengthens Commitments To Human Rights, Endorses Call To Advance Living Wages

Chicago — Mondelēz International, Inc. has joined IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative) Living Wage Roadmap aimed at helping advance living wages in global supply chains and confirms a continued commitment by the company to pay its employees a living wage. The company says this builds on its focus on promoting human rights with the introduction of a dedicated Human Rights Policy in line with the United Nations Human Rights Guiding Principles alongside Mondelēz’s updated Supplier Code of Conduct.

“We recognize rising inequalities and poverty as underlying drivers of other human rights risks,” says Dirk Van de Put, Mondelēz chairman and CEO. “We are proud to join forces with leading industry peers and governments through our endorsement of IDH’s call to action to advance living wages in global supply chains, as a further demonstration of our continuation of paying our own employees around the globe a living wage.”

“Now is the time to take a next step towards creating a living wage economy,” says Daan Wensing, CEO of IDH. “We applaud Mondelēz International for joining the movement and taking action on living wage. Only together, business, governments and civil society, can we pursue a world where workers are valued, treated equally, and where living wages are an integral part of a sustainable, resilient economy.”

Mondelēz uses the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a framework for preventing and mitigating human rights risks. The company says the dedicated Human Rights Policy applies to all employees of Mondelēz International worldwide, including temporary and contract employees, as well as the company’s consultants, agents and any other third parties who act on behalf of the company.

“Training our 80,000 plus employees on our newly published Human Rights Policy is a significant step forward in helping all our employees understand the role they play in respecting internationally recognized human rights,” says Paulette Alviti, chief people officer and EVP human resources. “Living our purpose, mission and values starts with putting people first. The implementation of policies like this is part of our ongoing efforts to build our employees’ awareness of our commitment to human rights whilst strengthening our internal capabilities to continue to improve due diligence practices.”

Today’s advances are part of Mondelēz’s ongoing evaluation and review of best practices in strengthening its approach to respecting human rights. To identify human rights risk, the company says it is committed to undertaking practical, proactive due diligence in its owned operations and seeks to work with suppliers who share the same level of commitment.