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Human Rights


Sustainable development

Human Rights

Imerys supports Human Rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and requires that they are respected in its operations worldwide. The Group also engages its main suppliers on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards based on the UN Global Compact 10 principles.

The Group verifies that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights principles are observed through audit assignments carried out by internal auditors. Going further than compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Imerys carries on its activities ethically and transparently worldwide, while integrating the interests of its stakeholders.

  • The Group's Ethical Principals

The Imerys Code of Business Conduct and Ethics summarizes the principles that the Group expects of all of its employees, contractors, suppliers and other partners with whom it has forged close relationships. The Code is regularly amended to take into account the geographic expansion of the Group’s activities, developments in its regulatory framework, and compliance with the best practices of comparable corporations. It is designed to lead everyone, in his or her daily work, to behave in accordance with local legislation, and observe the principles of responsibility, integrity, fairness and openness that are the Group’s values.
  • Ensure compliance to international standards related to Child & Forced labor

Imerys complies with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and monitors the risk associated with the Group’s swift growth in emerging countries. Special importance has been placed in the awareness and prevention of child and forced labor through specific protocols for internal audits assignments and the integration of those issues into the Group’s due diligence assessments for new projects.
  • Suppliers’ engagement

The Group intends to involve its suppliers in its Sustainable Development process, through its Suppliers’ Governance, Social and Environmental Standards launched in 2016. The standards are mainly based on the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact Initiative. Since 2016, the Group requested its Suppliers of more than two million euros of divisional spend to comply with those standards and will progressively evolve the compliance review along its supply chain.

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Health & Safety

Mining and mineral processing activities demand a strong safety culture if accidents are to be avoided as well as a strict management of workplace health issues.

Human Resources

The mission of Human Resources is to make sure that the Group has the people it needs to grow and to offer its employees fulfilling career possibilities.


Taking into consideration the expectations of our industrial sites’ neighboring communities is crucial to our business’s long-term future.