Promoting awareness: Human rights

Promoting awareness: Human rights

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Human Rights, we want to dedicate this blog article to the topic. PALFINGER attaches great importance to human rights, especially by including it in its Code of Conduct.


The International Human Rights Day recalls December 10th in 1948.

On that day, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations and afterwards translated into 375 languages. The statement contains 30 articles, which represent the rights to which each person is entitled.

Human rights are to be understood as following:

  • Universality: Human rights are valid everywhere and for all people.
  • Equality: Human rights are equally guaranteed to every human being.
  • Indivisibility: Human rights are always realized in their entirety.

Unfortunately, human rights are often violated. This makes it all the more important to guarantee and protect these rights of life

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
Universal Declaration of Human Rights


As a globally operating company, PALFINGER wants to ensure that our behaviour is guided by the same ethics in all markets and business areas, whether internal or external. For this reason, principles relating to human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption were combined in a Code of Conduct already eight years ago. The Code of Conduct applies not only to PALFINGER’s employees, but also to our business partners, suppliers and dealers.

Our Code of Conduct on Human Rights:

Prohibition of child labor

Child labor may not be resorted to in any phase of production. The Partners are urged to comply with the recommendation of the ILO Conventions on the minimum age for child labor or the employment of children. This minimum age should not be less than the age at which general mandatory school attendance ends, and in no case should it be less than 15 years old.

Free choice of employment

Forced or compulsory labor is unlawful. Employees must be free to end the employment relationship after giving appropriate advance notice. It may not be demanded of employees that they hand over their personal ID, passport, or their work permit as a prerequisite for employment.

Prohibition of discrimination

Any form of discrimination against workers is unlawful. This applies to discrimination on the basis of, for example, gender, race, caste, skin color, handicap, union membership, political beliefs, origin, religion, age, pregnancy or sexual orientation.

Freedom of association

Workers must be able to communicate openly with corporate management regarding working conditions without fear of reprisal in any form whatsoever. They must have the right to form associations, to join a union, to seek representation, and to get elected as such.

Health and safety

The Partner shall ensure work safety and health protection in the workplace, at least within the scope of the national provisions, and shall promote continuous further development for improvement of the labor world.

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