As a multinational healthcare company that is keenly aware of our social responsibility, Sanofi is committed to integrating respect for human rights into all our business operations and public positions. We are convinced that the principles of human rights apply to people, to nations and, by extension, to businesses. While States and governments have a duty to guarantee human rights through adequate laws and policies, we believe that businesses also have a role to play, which begins with identifying their own impact on human rights compliance and taking measures to prevent human rights violations.
For several years now, Sanofi has expressed and reiterated our commitment to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and other international standards in the field of human rights. In addition, we have made it one of the cornerstones of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and human rights. We are committed to promoting respect for human rights principles in all areas of our business—from improving access to healthcare and upholding ethical standards to respecting fundamental employee rights and taking steps to preserve our planet.
Stakeholders today put increasing pressure on businesses to provide transparent information about their human rights practices, which also have the potential to significantly impact a company’s business and reputation as well as to enhance trust between customers and corporations. We believe that responding to stakeholders’ expectations and addressing these issues represents an opportunity to improve both our human rights performance and our bottom line.
One of the key success factors in promoting respect for human rights in business is ensuring that all stakeholders are fully aware of their individual and collective rights and are informed about their respective obligations towards one another. With this in mind, we have designed “Human Rights in Our Activities” to be a new stepping stone in Sanofi’s approach.
I hope this document will prove to be a valuable tool for all Sanofi managers as we make progress towards the goal of ensuring that human rights are soundly integrated into all our operations worldwide.