Human rights policy

  • GRI:
  • Policy commitments2-23
    Policy commitments
  • Embedding policy commitments2-24
    Embedding policy commitments
  • GPW:
  • Human rights policyS-P5
    Human rights policy
  • Human rights due diligence proceduresS-P6
    Human rights due diligence procedures

We are seeing a growing role of human rights due diligence processes. They lie at the heart of both softly recommended acts (the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Transnational Enterprises) and mandatory regulations that reference these guidelines (the minimum safeguards from the EU Taxonomy Regulation or the new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Reporting).

The approach of our bank is determined by the Human Rights Policy of the Santander Bank Polska Group where we describe our commitments in the area of human rights in relations with employees, customers, business partners and the communities in which we operate.

  • In our own operations, we are committed to preventing discrimination in the workplace and ensuring decent employment conditions, among other things.
  • In the supply chain, as part of our due diligence processes prior to entering into loan agreements or other types of contracts, we have committed to analysing and evaluating our counterparties’ policies and practices regarding respect for human rights.
  • In respect of business partners who are not suppliers, we have committed to promoting adherence to the Human Rights Policy, particularly where it is appropriate due to their background, type of business or importance to the bank.
  • In relation to communities in which we operate, the bank is committed to minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment and contributing to combating corruption.

This policy is owned by the Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. and our employees are required to report its violations through available communication channels.