Our biggest asset is
our people

Our people

Human rights

Human rights are fundamentally entrenched basic rights as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which forms the foundation of international customary law. It is furthermore acknowledged in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. We subscribe to the UN Global Compact’s Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework, which clearly articulates the responsibilities of corporates to respect and protect human rights.

In order to achieve this commitment, we will do the following

  • treat our people with respect and dignity
  • require our contractors to respect Human Rights while working for Grindrod
  • assess whether our business processes or products cause or contribute to adverse
  • human rights impact and strive to contribute to positive human rights development
  • use our best efforts to ensure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • assess human rights impacts to determine, address, and prevent, where necessary, any adverse human rights actions
  • implement and maintain appropriate grievance mechanisms
  • support and promote human rights through strategic social investments and collaborative partnerships and
  • monitor and report on our efforts

Labour rights

The International Labour Organisation’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work, is considered as the foundation of the four principal, internationally acknowledged labour rights.

We subscribe to these rights, and commit to do the following

  • comply with all applicable statutory labour obligations
  • promote and recognise in good faith the right of our employees to the freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • not to permit any form of forced or compulsory labour;
  • not to permit child labour
  • not to permit discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • maintain grievance mechanisms for our employees and contractors
  • monitor and report on our efforts
  • we firmly commit ourselves to the object and spirit of legislation and policy directed at substantively addressing present inequalities in the workplace caused by past unfair discriminatory practices
  • we require contractors to abide with the above while providing services to Grindrod