States have an obligation and a responsibility to respect, protect, fulfill and realize human rights. It is widely recognized that organizations and individuals have the opportunity to influence the market so that human rights are maintained, directly and indirectly. Organizations have a responsibility to respect human rights, regardless of whether the state is unable or unwilling to fulfill its obligation to protect human rights. Respecting human rights means not to infringe the rights of others. Responsibility means that the organization is forging ahead to ensure that it avoids passively accepting or actively participating in violations of the human rights.Woolly Bear will always, throughout its business and in all value chains respect the universal human rights enshrined in the UN. UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) states that human rights are inherent, undeniable, universal, indivisible and interdependent.
The meaning of complicity
Complicity can have both a legal and non-legal significance. In the legal context complicity defined in some countries there to be a party to an act or failure to undertake an action that has a significant impact on the performance of an illegal act such as a crime, while having knowledge of, or intention to contribute to an illegal act. Complicity follows when aiding illegal act or failure to act.
In the non-legal context, complicity derives from broad societal expectations of behavior. In this context, an organization may be considered complicit when it assists in the execution of the actions of others that are inconsistent with, or ignores, international norms of behavior and organization. If it exercised due diligence, knew or should have known, would lead to significant negative impact on society, the economy or the environment. An organization may also be considered complicit when it remains passive, or benefit, from such wrongful acts.
Respect for human rights and the environment, means that organizations have a responsibility to exercise “due diligence” to identify, prevent and manage actual or potential impact on human rights caused by their activities or the activities performed by the organizations they have a relationship with. Due diligence can also pay attention to the organization of its responsibilities to influence the behavior of others as they may be responsible for violations of human rights and where the organization can be involved. Woolly Bear strive to achieve the “due diligence” by:
- Maintain and monitor the fulfillment our policy.
- Conduct preliminary studies and implementation-plans that maps risks, costs, benefits, social and environmental effects, to achieve as good as possible results.
- We also monitor and take action to minimize the negative impacts of decisions and activities.
Child labor is a form of exploitation and is a violation of human rights. Child labor damages the child’s physical, social, mental, psychological and spiritual development. Child labor deprives boys and girls of their childhood and their dignity. They receive no training and can be separated from their families.
Children who do not complete their basic education are likely to remain illiterate and never acquire the skills needed to get a job that enables them to contribute to the development of a modern economy. Consequently, the resulting child labor in low-skilled, unqualified workers and jeopardizes future improvements in labor skills and future economic and social development.