Human Rights

In line with its Code of Ethics and with the 10 principles of the Global Compact, signed in 2004, EDP assumes human rights as universal principles, heritage in which seeks to consolidate their practices, also in the framework of UN’s guiding principles on Business and Human Rights, the Ruggie Framework, through a Human Rights and Labor practices monitoring program.

In particular, EDP respect and require respect in relationships arising from business activities and corporate citizenship, the principles relating to human life, health and safety, social and environmental responsibility, freedom of Association and the prohibition of child labor and forced labor, as well as the ethical principles in order to prevent unjustified discrimination and differential treatment on the basis of ethnic or social origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, faith, marital status, disability, political orientation, opinion, place of birth or trade union association.

EDP management and action are tied with the respect for human rights of its employees, partners and other stakeholders. EDP joined the Global Compact Initiative in 2004 and reports annually its practice and progress in line with this UN initiative.

Our Code of Ethics and EDP’s Principles of Sustainable Development established rigorous and clear management goals, to improve awareness and ethical standards, a culture consistent with the values defined and minimizing the risk of bad practices, settling a pattern of transparency, generating trust in relationships and responsibility for the consequences of our acts and decisions.

EDP follows closely the human rights and labour issues through the Board of Directors and the Committee of corporate governance of our General Supervisory Council, in order to respect and enforce legal and contractual rights, eliminate prejudices, barriers and unjustified discrimination, prevent and protect against potential abuses and promote appropriate remedy in the event of infringement.

Respect for human rights by companies and Governments is a cause of growing concern of the United Nations and the European Union, in particular due to the increasing globalization of business.

The United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously approved the "guiding principles on business and human rights", prepared by Professor John Ruggie and supported on three pillars: Protect – Respect – Repair; and the Council of the European Union expressed its full support to the principles of "Ruggie Framework". In this context, it becomes necessary that companies display the application of the UN guiding principles, the Ruggie framework, which EDP embraces through a monitoring program on human rights and labour pratices. 

EDP has already approved by the board of directors and published in their communication supports a set of policies and internal rules that allow the effective implementation of the methodology proposed by the "Ruggie Framework" in the UN guiding principles on business and human rights.

The Monitoring program under way is able to systematize EDP procedures and also improve the assessment methodology and risk management with regard to any human rights violations, in particular covering relations with suppliers, new and ongoing facilities and international business in development, acquisitions and mergers.

Under this monitoring practice, disclosed to stakeholders, EDP Group requires its suppliers – who align themselves with a formal declaration of commitment – the fulfillment of Global Compact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ILO conventions. In the context of the Ruggie framework methodology, EDP continuously monitors its supply chain and promote respect for human rights if eventually verify risks or instances of violation of these rights.

The Monitoring Programme comprises 3 facets: Design (standards, policies and procedures, corporate governance, risk assessment); Implementation (training and communication, report, case management and investigations); Evaluation (measure performance before the Code of Ethics, code of conduct and guiding principles, standards, policies and procedures) and definition of continuous improvement plans.One of the main activities corresponds to a self-diagnosis on the impact assessment of the human and labour rights, from the perspective of prevention, mitigation and remediation of damage, including the action with our supply chain, in a periodic base in business units and every new projects and ventures.

All the relevant rules and procedures of the Monitoring program is structured in the following documents:> Synthesis of Commitments published by EDP Group in the matter of respect for human rights;
> List of UN guiding principles for businesses;> Monitoring Guide;> Self-diagnosis form.

The scope and frequency of the self-diagnosis process are defined in conjunction with the business units and, after consolidation for the EDP Group, an annual report is prepared to submit to the Sustainability Committee and to disclose publicly. The Monitoring Programme is supervised in the agenda of our compliance function.

The Human Rights Monitoring Programme (PMDH/EDP) consists of a formal process, being the main documents made available publicly, in accordance with the practice of communication and transparency towards stakeholders and the risk rating entities that more closely assess and classify EDP's performance. The Programme is supervised under the Compliance function. The PMDH/EDP (2015 and 2016 editions) was based on the following documents.

> I - Commitments;

> II - UN Guiding Principles for Companies;

> III - Monitoring Impacts Guide;

> IV - Self-assessment Sheet:

. 2017
Self-Diagnosis Form
Global Compact Assessment Tool

> V - PMDH Report: 

. 2016
. 2015