Feb 12, 2019
Ethical-Social Audit: K+S KALI GmbH Has Employee Concerns Audited
K+S KALI GmbH is serious about its social and ethical responsibility. The company therefore recently entered into new territory and commissioned a first external SMETA audit of working conditions to its employees working in high-purity salt production at the Zielitz and Wintershall sites.
SMETA stands for Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit and is one of the most frequently used ethical-social review formats in the world. The review process involves checking compliance with the standards set by Sedex, an international organization whose member companies commit to continuously improving their ethical-social conduct along the supply chain. What this means for K+S KALI GmbH as a member of Sedex is not only compliance with the provisions of law but also contributing to social and ecological objectives.
During the audits, the auditors examined work standards, health and safety, environment and business ethics at the sites in question. In anonymous interviews, employees were particularly asked about the extent to which they feel satisfaction. By contrast, economic performance indicators played no role in the audits. The end result was an action plan designed to enable K+S KALI GmbH to fulfill its social and ethical responsibility even better and tailored to each of the two plants audited. The certifying body will also review the implementation of the measures.
Sedex has members drawn from various sectors based in more than 150 countries. About 280,000 SMETA audits have been conducted worldwide thus far. For more information, see: https://www.sedexglobal.com/smeta-audit/ .