LEMCO acknowledges that Human Rights is of growing importance on the global spectrum due to a lack of consistent global standards. LEMCO’s Human Rights Policy is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
To ensure that freedom, justice and peace are attainable to all members of the human family, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights serves as a fundamental guide. This involves acknowledging that disregard for human rights has resulted in unconscionable acts. Hence, human rights must be protected by the rule of law and the declaration should be regarded as a common global standard.
All people are entitled to the same rights, liberty and security no matter their race, colour, sex, language, religion, political preference, nationality or status. Additionally, slavery and torture are in major breach of human rights law. With regards to the law, all humans have the right to be recognised as a person before the law and are to be equally treated by the law, this includes being given a fair and public trial and not being subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Furthermore, all members of the human race have the right to movement, including to seek asylum from persecution, as well as nationality rights. Everyone is entitled to education, employment, to own property and express their opinion. Fundamentally, each individual in the world has the right to an adequate standard of living and to freely participate in the cultural life of which they choose to surround themselves.
The International Labour Organization’s Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, was initiated in 1998 at the 86th International Labour Conference. This was implemented to ensure that social progress occurs simultaneously with economic and developmental progress. Social justice champions lasting peace. Moreover, sustainable development can be achieved through the delivery of human rights through employment, vocational training and working conditions. Hence, there is a correlation between social progress and economic growth, due to the provision of guaranteed rights on the foundation of equal opportunity to receive fair share of wealth which workers have themselves generated.
Human Rights commitments are not only acknowledged throughout the LEMCO Human Rights Policy, but also within our Employment, Health and Safety, and Environmental policies.