Human Rights & Fair Labor Practices

Upholding fundamental rights in our operations and throughout our supply chain.

Why Human Rights & Fair Labor Practices Matters

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Operations and suppliers in which the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at risk

Employee training on human rights policies or procedures
Greif participates in a labor-intensive industry as a manufacturing company. We are committed to upholding international human rights and fair labor practices. Greif upholds these standards and expectations throughout our supply chain by working with responsible supply partners to ensure our customers’ confidence in our responsible sourcing and labor practices.



Recognition from EcoVadis

Received for our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, placing us in the top four percent of all assessed suppliers.

To guide our approach, Greif maintains human rights and fair labor practices in accordance with the UN Global Compact Principles and the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We have committed to enforcing these Principles, both internally and across our supply chain, through policies concerning Anti-harassment, Child Labor, Code of Conduct, Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, Fair Treatment of Others, Human Rights and Supplier Code of Conduct.

Additional mechanisms to protect human rights include Greif’s local HR teams conducting risk assessments, age and legal working status verifications, and awareness training. We have also instituted localized gender equality procedures and whistleblower procedures into our operations. To enable our colleagues to anonymously report at any time potential human rights violations, we publicly post our global Ethics Line in all facilities and include Ethics Line details in the Code of Conduct. We instantly direct each complaint to a regional vice president or director so it can be addressed appropriately. We investigated and resolved 98.5 percent of complaints in 2021. The remaining complaints are under investigation.

In 2021, 46 percent of Greif’s colleagues engaged in collective bargaining agreements (CBA). Each CBA is independently managed in each region with our Human Resources and Legal teams providing oversight. For further information on Greif’s approach to labor relations, please see Risk Management & Business Continuity.

Our Human Rights and Labor Practices team is led by EMEA’s Regional Human Resources Director with support from members of the human resources community who represent every region and business unit. We have developed a pragmatic, consistent program to identify human rights and labor risks in all our facilities, allowing us to identify mitigating actions and implement best-practice actions and solutions in line with our commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, UN Global Compact, ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights frameworks. In 2021, we continued our human rights audits across 35 additional Greif sites in 9 countries. The results from this round of audits are due in March 2022 and will enable us to identify possible concerns and to develop appropriate global and local responses. Further audits are planned for 2022 as we progress towards our 2025 goal to review human rights in 100 percent of our global facilities.

Goals & Progress

Our Human Rights & Fair Labor Practice goals are:

  • 100 percent of our operations will be subject to internal human rights reviews, measured on a rolling cycle, by the end of fiscal year 2025.
  • 100 percent of colleagues will be trained in human rights policies and procedures by the end of fiscal year 2025.

In 2021, we continued our Human Rights Reviews by conducting audits at 35 facilities. 38 percent of our production facilities have now undergone a human rights review. Another round of reviews will take place in 2022, with the remaining reviews scheduled for 2023 and 2024. Facilities will also be re-audited on a rolling basis. In 2023, we will also begin to deliver training on our human rights and fair treatment of others policies and procedures. We have created a training module accessible through Greif University for all Professional and Clerical colleagues. The training module will also be facilitated locally for all Production colleagues.

We are on track to reach our target to train 100 percent of colleagues by the end of fiscal year 2025. In 2022, we will review our goals and determine new 2030 goals.



Recognition from EcoVadis

Received for our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, placing us in the top four percent of all assessed suppliers.


Facilities Received Human Rights Reviews

We completed reviews of 35 facilities in 2021 as we continue to progress towards our 2025 goal.