United Nations Global Compact

The United National Global Compact is a pact to encourage businesses across the globe to adopt socially responsible business practices and to report on the advances of these implementations. There are ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact that comprise the following issues: human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. BraunAbility is proud to release an annual Communication on Progress that impacts the fields of business strategy, culture, and daily operations.

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Human Rights

The core purpose of our business, mobility transportation products for persons with physical disabilities, supports and enhances human rights, as our products provide mobility and independence to wheelchair users around the globe, changing their lives for the better.

In 2018, BraunAbility re-launched the Save My Spot campaign, which was designed to raise awareness of respecting van accessible parking spots reserved for persons with physical disabilities. Additionally, BraunAbility employees volunteered their time to paint markings on these parking spots within local communities in which BraunAbility does business.

To further evidence our company’s commitment to human rights, we updated our company values in 2018 to specifically include “Serving as a Champion” for persons with disabilities, with the goal of setting the expectation for human rights advocacy in this area. Our Code of Conduct continues to outline the company’s expectations from employees and illustrate how human rights tie into our corporate values, while our whistleblower reporting system allows the concerns of our employees to be easily and anonymously reported. Our Supplier Code of Conduct ensures this same commitment from our business partners. 

Labor

Both our BraunAbility Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct highlight our commitment to the elimination of all forms of compulsory and child labor. In addition, our Employee Handbook makes clear that BraunAbility is an “employer at will,” meaning employees have the right to leave their employment at any time.

Our Employee Handbook and Code of Conduct also include the right to collective bargaining, and the Employee Handbook moreover includes several prohibitions with respect to discrimination, including a commitment to a workplace free of all types of harassment and discrimination, as well as a zero-tolerance policy regarding workplace violence.

In 2018, our focus was furthermore expanded to include the benefits of workplace diversity. 

Environment

As part of our 2018 corporate compliance program, we were successful in achieving ISO 14001:2015 Certification. We reassessed our environmental aspects, impacts, and risks and found no change from 2017. Therefore, we continued with four reduction goals that aimed for 5% reduction from 2017 on a per unit basis in the following areas: water consumption, waste disposal, electrical consumption, and natural gas consumption. Along with establishment of these reduction goals, reduction plans were developed, and monthly monitoring ensures our progress.

Anti-Corruption

In the past year, BraunAbility developed a trade restrictions procedure that requires an initial search and annual review by BraunAbility of entities BraunAbility conducts business with to ensure good trade standing.

BraunAbility also has an anti-bribery and anti-corruption policy and procedure, in which BraunAbility commits to conducting business in compliance with all laws and regulations. This policy also requires reporting of gifts given and received by BraunAbility employees, the input of which is monitored by management, in addition to preclearance procedures when giving gifts or other items of value. This policy also addresses the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act.

In 2018, BraunAbility also expanded its FCPA and UK Bribery Act training into its international joint venture in Brazil. 

View Our 2019 Global Compact Report

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