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Statement on Human Rights


​Grace is committed to the protection and advancement of Human Rights wherever we operate. We are committed to the principles in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Labor Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. This commitment is reflected and fulfilled in our programs relating to product stewardship and sustainability as well as Grace policies on ethical business conduct and compliance in legal matters.


Our top priorities are the health and safety of Grace employees and their families, our customers, and the communities in which we operate; and the protection of the environment. Grace sets and complies with its own high company standards as well as all applicable health, safety, and environmental laws. While safe behavior is ultimately the responsibility of each of us, Grace provides a safe and healthy workplace and ensures that safety and environmental priorities are incorporated in every aspect of our business.

Child Labor

Grace does not tolerate any form of exploitative child labor as defined in the International Labor Organization Convention 182, Article 3 (Worst Forms of Child Labor). Accordingly, we observe applicable laws regarding the employment of minors and do not employ any young person in such a way as to restrict their educational opportunities or expose them to workplace hazards that are likely to endanger their health or safety.

Forced Labor

Grace does not use indentured, slave, bonded, or other forced involuntary labor and rejects corporal punishment of any kind.


Grace pays wages that meet or exceed legal requirements, or where no wage law exists, Grace wages meet or exceed the local industry standard.

Working Hours

Grace complies with industry practices and applicable local, state, national laws regarding working hours.

Harassment and Violence

Grace is committed to a harassment-free workplace and does not tolerate any violence in the workplace.


Grace encourages diversity throughout our operations, and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable employment laws in the recruitment, training, promotion, and compensation of employees.

Freedom of Association

Grace recognizes employees' rights and freedoms to join or not join organizations of their own choosing, to associate freely, and to bargain collectively.

Corruption and Bribery

Neither Grace, nor any employee, agent, consultant nor other third party acting on its behalf shall take any action in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or other countries' laws intended to deter corruption and bribery in commercial relations and among government officials and political candidates.

Legal Compliance

At a minimum, Grace complies with applicable local, state and national laws regarding human rights and workers' rights everywhere we operate.

January 2013

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