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Edee Carey2022-06-23
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How LINK’s commitment to UN Global Compact impacts our work

LINK Mobility has been a proud signatory to the UN Global Compact (UNGC) since 2021, and our definition of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is based on the ten UN Global Compact principles. Companies that sign the Global Compact undertake to support 10 principles on human rights, labor standards, the environment, and the fight against corruption.

Being a member of the UN Global Compact has several benefits:

  • Increased brand trust and investor support

  • Best practice guidance

  • Access to a public platform that allows LINK to assess, define, implement, measure and communicate on its sustainability strategy

Our commitment is expressed in the annual Communication of Progress (CoP) and a commitment letter from our interim CEO.

Below we explore how our work incorporates the Ten Principles of the UNGC. To learn more about the UN Global Compact, visit their website.

Principle 1-2: Human rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights;

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

LINK regards human rights as a fundamental value in business practices. Our code of conduct addresses the respect for universally recognized human rights. Employees are expected to promote and comply with the UN declaration. Additionally, our suppliers are required to support and respect human rights, so no violations are committed in the supply chain and must adhere to our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Furthermore, LINK evaluates its facilities and supply chain for risks related to human rights issues. Several social and environmental criteria are used in screening all significant investment contracts.

Principles 3-6: Labor

Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; .

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labor;

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

No LINK employee is subjected to any form of forced labor. We document all employment with written contracts that describe the conditions of employment, signed by both parties. LINK must adhere to public working hour regulations and pay rates that cover the cost of living in the area. LINK also requires that all its suppliers and contractors conduct business in a fair manner.

LINK opposes forced labor and child labor in our operations, with policy designed to follow up on any reports of abuse. We follow Unicef’s standard indicator for child labor to ensure protection from harmful work and exploitation

We are also committed to equal opportunities for all our employees, in an environment of inclusion. We recognize that our success lies in each employee bringing their authentic self to work each day. At LINK, diversity brings us together. We reject discrimination in any form, based on based on skin color, race, nationality, social background, disability, sexual orientation, political or religious conviction, gender or age or other unique characteristics.

Our Code of Conduct reflects our values: United, Dedicated and Enthusiastic and is based on the Ten Principles provided by UNGC.

What this means to our employees:

  • Treat everyone with respect, fairness, and dignity.

  • Base work- related decisions on merit and not on characteristics that can result in compromising the principle of equality.

Principles 7-9: Environment

Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility;

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

LINK is committed to avoiding pollution, minimizing emissions and waste, and developing and implementing environmentally friendly technologies and processes. This commitment is honored by complying with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

LINK has implemented guidelines and policies to ensure that employees and stakeholders take necessary measures to reduce environmental impact. They include:

  • Consider the impacts LINK’s work activities have on the natural environment and make sure this is considered when making business decisions.

  • Contribute actively to reduce waste and particularly electronic waste, contribute to waste sorting and recycling.

  • Choose public transport when possible.

  • Always consider video conference as alternatives to meeting in personal to reduce carbon footprint.

In addition, LINK will measure its first carbon footprint related to its operations for the annual year 2022. The objective of this action is to identify major sources of emissions and implement reduction measures.

Finally, LINK as an employer has the responsibility of educating its employees with regards to climate change. It has therefore decided to carry out at least one climate action in each of its subsidiaries in the year 2022.

Principle 10: Anti-corruption

Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

Corruption undermines legitimate business activities, distorts competition, ruins reputations, and exposes companies and individuals to risk. LINK does not tolerate corruption in any form, including bribery, facilitation payments, and trading in influence. We comply with all applicable anti-corruption laws and regulations. This is clearly stated in LINK’s Code of Conduct, which all employees must sign. Additionally, to prevent corruption LINK has put in place a Whistleblowing system developed by third party.