Respecting Human Rights

Respecting Human Rights

We recognize that it is the sovereign state's duty to protect against human rights abuses by establishing and upholding appropriate laws and policies. We also recognize that some states do not have adequate legal and regulatory frameworks or enforcement mechanisms or have laws that conflict with these internationally recognized human rights. Wherever this is the case, we are committed to doing the right thing by respecting human rights in every aspect of our business operations. We embrace this commitment and responsibility of ensuring that human rights are upheld all along our end-to-end value chain, which in turn encompasses all our stakeholders, particularly our employees, our consumers, the communities where we do business and our business partners.

As part of a wider learning program, we have developed a series of short videos to help our employees and our external business partners recognize human rights issues in the workplace. By educating them to spot problems in the office and manufacturing facilities, we empower them to speak up and get help for others.

No Child Labor

The International Labor Organization (ILO) states that "Child Labor is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that: is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and interferes with their schooling by: depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely; or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.” We do not permit the exploitation of children and will not use child labor in our end-to-end value chain.

No Forced Labor

We support the Consumer Goods Forum Priority Industry Principles, which state, “Forced labor is an unacceptable human rights violation that can take multiple forms and must be addressed. While certain employment and recruitment practices may not initially appear problematic, in aggregate or combined with other forms of leverage, they can result in forced labor, particularly among vulnerable workers.” We will take active measures to apply these Principles across our global value chains and own operations, to cases where such practices may lead to forced labor. We will seek to apply these Principles to all workers regardless of their employment status, location, contractual arrangements or role. We do this as part of our collective journey to advance the human rights of workers and positively shape global labor markets.”

Here are the three Priority Industry Principles:

  • Every worker should have freedom of movement.
    The ability of workers to move freely should not be restricted by their employer through abuse, threats and practices such as retention of passports and valuable possessions.

  • No worker should pay for a job.
    Fees and costs associated with recruitment and employment should be paid by the employer, not the employee.

  • No worker should be indebted or coerced to work.
    Workers should work freely, aware of the terms and conditions of their work in advance and paid regularly as agreed.


We are deeply committed to an inclusive culture and do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status or any other legally protected factor. P&G supports the UN Global LGBTI Standards for Business and is a founding member of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE), which is a coalition of organizations committed to leveraging their individual and collective advocacy to accelerate LGBTI equality and inclusion globally and drive positive change.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

We respect our employees' right to choose to join or not to join a trade union or to have recognized employee representation in accordance with local law. Where employees are represented by a legally recognized union or employee representative, we are committed to establishing a constructive dialogue regarding the interests of both the employees and the business. The Company will negotiate a labor agreement in good faith with such representatives in accordance with local law. Whether the facility is union or non-union, we strive to create a high-performing workforce — where employees are highly engaged, multi-skilled and process owners.

Doing the Right Thing with Our Employees

We bring our values to life as we focus on improving consumers' lives now and for generations to come. We recruit, hire and retain the best talent from around the world, reflecting the diversity of the markets and consumers we serve. Developing and retaining a diverse workforce provides us with a sustained competitive advantage. We recognize that a diverse mix of backgrounds, skills and experiences drives new ideas, products and services. This maximizes our ability to achieve our goals together.