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Global Human Rights Management Sytem

KEPCO actively operates a human rights management implementation system and has established the 'KEPCO Human Rights Management Implementation Plan' to create a work environment free from discrimination for all employees. We, as a global company, seek to actively respond to the international community's demand for activities that promote human rights protection. As the first Korean company to join the UN Global Compact in 2005, we respect and support international standards for human rights and labor, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 'UN Guideline Principles on Business and Human Rights (Ruggie Framework)' by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. KEPCO strives to protect the human rights of our employees and other stakeholders throughout the entirety of our business activities.

Human Rights Management Implementation System

  • Integrated Management
    • Establish a comprehensive implementation plan for human rights management
    • Regularly check implementation progress and report the results internally /externally
  • Monitoring & Correction
    • Receive internal / external cases of human rights infringement
    • Implement corrective actions for confirmed cases of human rights infringement
  • Execution
    • Conduct self-assessments using the human rights management checklist
    • Identify areas for improvement and establish execution plans

Human Rights Management Guidelines

KEPCO complies with the Labor Standard Act and International Labor Organization(ILO) regulations, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, age, social status, etc. To respect the human rights of our employees and stakeholders, we established the 'KEPCO Declaration of Human Rights Management', outlining ten practice guidelines for human rights protection. In addition, the 'Supplier Code of Conduct', which all suppliers and subcontractors who sign a contract With KEPCO must recognize and comply with, includes requirements for human rights protection such as the prohibition of child labor, prohibition of discrimination(against gender, religion, race and physical ability), guarantee to the freedom of association and collective bargaining, provision of safety equipment, and the creation of a safe work environment. We are also striving to prevent human rights infringements through the publication of various codes of ethics, including an ethics charter, an employee code of conduct, and an employee action guide.

Detecting and Responding to Hunan Rights Issues

KEPCO strives to identify potential issues related to the human rights of each stakeholder, and prepares proper countermeasures in advance. By examining issues concerning gender equality, the health and safety of all employees, and human rights violations concerning customer-facing workers, as well as factors that could lead to human rights violations regarding our partners and local communities, we are conducting activities to prevent and alleviate issues related to human rights.

Major potential Risks Related to Human Rights

table about Classification / Potential Risks / Countermeasures
Classification Potential Risks Countermeasures
Workplace gender equality Grievances about sexual harassment and sexual violence Protecting employees' mental health
Organizational culture improvement activities to ensure gender equality Opening a hotline for online counseling Addressing grievances concerning sexual harassment-sexual violence Stress assessments, mental health consultations
Safety incidents regarding workers Discrimination against reporters of unfair transactions
Identify safety weakness, make improvements and provide safety training Establish a Civil Complaint Protection Charter and introduce a report system that guarantees reporters do not suffer disadvantages
Local Community
Noise and environmental pollution Issues on construction
Construction of eco-friendly power facilities with consideration for the local community Conducting Environmental Impact Assessments

Checking Human Rights Risks

KEPCO self-assesses human rights infringement risk factors by utilizing a 'human rights management checklist' and classifying human rights risks into 10 sections and 33 sub-sections, in line with the 'UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights' and the 'Human Rights Management Guidelines' set by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea. In 2019, self-assessments did not reveal any issues that violate human rights. We will continue to conduct self-assessments on a regular basis in order to detect human rights risks and take proper countermeasures in advance.

Checklist for Human Rights Management

  • 1) Establishing a human rights management system
  • 2) Non-discrimination in employment
  • 3) Freedom of association-bargaining
  • 4) Prohibiting forced labor
  • 5) Prohibiting child labor
  • 6) Ensuring industrial safety
  • 7) Supply chain management
  • 8) Protecting local residents' human rights
  • 9) Guaranteeing environmental rights
  • 10) Protecting customers' human rights