As part of our commitment to respecting and promoting human rights, we aim to report on our efforts and challenges in this area. Together with external experts we have identified the most serious human rights risks which our operations or business relations could lead to. These are what we call our most salient human rights issues. Both the severity and likelihood of any potential violations and their impacts are evaluated and finally validated together with our businesses. Currently, our focus is on validating the most salient issues at a local operational level.
We have assessed environmental pollution, occupational health and safety (OHS), working conditions, protection of children, and forced labour to be the salient human rights issues within our sphere of influence. In assessing human rights, the rights of the following vulnerable groups are specially taken into account: children, minorities, migrant workers and indigenous people. Some issues are more easily identified and addressed than others. For example, today we already measure and report extensively on our occupational health and safety performance and our impacts to the environment. For other issues we are developing our ability to report as our understanding evolves.