As a global industrial company, we are committed to pursuing a leadership role and fulfilling our duty to improve the social and environmental impacts of our activities. Our strategy includes adopting policies that advance Hillenbrand's support of the environment and human rights of the people who live in it.
As part of our efforts to minimize risk across Hillenbrand and to uphold the environmental commitments outlined in our Code of Ethical Business Conduct (Code of Ethics), Hillenbrand committed, through the adoption of a Global Environmental Policy in July 2020, to adhere to all environmental regulations and promote environmental stewardship. Hillenbrand’s plans in adopting this policy include sharing and cooperating in best practices across operating companies, promoting the purchase and use of recycled materials, and making environmental considerations a priority in our business planning and manufacturing processes.
As a global company, we support international efforts to promote and protect human rights and do not tolerate abuse of human rights in our operations or in our supply chain. Our Conflict Minerals Policy outlines our support for ending the violence and human rights violations related to the mining of certain minerals in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.
The Human Rights Policy adopted in July 2020 outlines our responsibilities and expectations in the following areas:• Slavery, Forced Labor, Child Labor, & Human Trafficking
• Respect in the Workplace
• Compensation & Working Hours
• Health and Safety
• Collective Bargaining
As valued partners, our suppliers are a critical part of Hillenbrand’s success. To adhere to our Core Values, we require each of our suppliers to comply with applicable legal requirements, our Human Rights Policy, our Environmental Policy, and our Code of Ethics. We also require adherence to our Supplier Standards. We began to implement these standards in 2020 and formally adopted them into policy in 2021. Key elements of our supplier standards include:• Marking and Shipping
• Disciplinary Practices
• Product, Facility, and Process Security
• Compliance with laws including Non-Discrimination & Human Rights
Hillenbrand is also committed to developing the strongest supply chain possible by fostering resilient and mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers. One component of a strong, agile, innovative, and competitive supply chain is a diverse supply base. Our Supplier Diversity Policy reaffirms our commitment to encourage diversity in our supply chain by partnering with qualified and certified diverse and small organizations when possible.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Company is committed to providing associates with a safe work environment, free of recognized hazards that may cause severe occupational injuries and illnesses, as outlined in the Health and Safety Policy Statement. Additionally, where laws and regulations do not address health and safety matters, the Company will make decisions based on best practices from its operating companies or as otherwise may be identified by the SVP of Operations Center of Excellence and HOM or the Chief Sustainability Officer.