WORKPLACE - Policies & Commitments

2.1.2 Policies & Commitments:
Decent working conditions & family-friendly policies

Does the company have policies that support a family-friendly workplace and promote decent working conditions for parents or caregivers?

Scoring options

  • 10 = Yes, the company has a policy or public commitment to create a family-friendly workplace.
  • 5 = The company is committed to promoting decent working conditions and not violating employees’ rights, but there is no specific commitment to parents or caregivers.
  • 0 = No, the company has not published any such commitments or policies.

Why is this important?

Workplace policies are important indicators of a company’s commitment to the well-being of both employees and their families. For children’s development and health, it is essential that they have access to their parents.

About the scoring

A score of 10 is given if the company has or displays a public commitment to supporting parents and providing work-life balance for their employees such as:

  • Paid parental leave that goes beyond what is legally required
  • Flexible working hours
  • A commitment to supporting working parents

These commitments can be found in, for example:

  • A Human Resources policy
  • A Code of Conduct (CoC)
  • A Human Rights policy
  • An Anti-discrimination policy
  • A Gender-equality policy
  • Relevant public disclosures in an annual/sustainability report

A score of 5 is given if it is clear from public disclosures that the company promotes decent working conditions and protects labour rights, but parents are not specifically and extensively focused on.

Indicator reference

Children’s Rights and Business Principles:

  • All business should provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers (Principle 3)

ESRS Guidelines: MDR-P, S1-1, S1-15, S2-1


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