In conducting our business activities, we respect all local, national and international regulations in countries in which we operate, taking inspiration from the values enshrined by supranational entities and organisations.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in Paris on 10 December 1948, is a document on individual rights, promoted by the United Nations and applicable in all Member States.
Respect for fundamental human rights is essential. For this reason, we promote and defend these rights in all circumstances and reject any discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, language, religious and political beliefs or social and personal conditions.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international regulatory instrument to promote and protect the rights of the child. It entered into force on 2 September 1990 following approval by the General Assembly of the United Nations. It expresses a broad consensus on the obligations of Member States and the international community in respect of children, and codifies and significantly develops international standards in the matter of the protection of children.
The principles of the International Labour Organisation
The International Labour Organisation is a specialised United Nations agency involved in promoting social justice and internationally recognised human rights, particularly those connected with all aspects of work.
The main role of the International Labour Organisation is to formulate minimum international standards in terms of working conditions and the fundamental rights of workers, including: freedom of association, the right to organise, collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment, and other standards regulating the entire spectrum of labour rights.
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation that carries out economic studies for member countries that share a democratic system of government and a free market economy. The organisation primarily acts as a consultative assembly providing a forum for discussing political experiences and resolving common problems, identifying commercial practices and coordinating the local and international policies of member countries.
The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, to which 44 governments representing all the regions of the world and 85% of foreign direct investment adhere, are recommendations for the responsible conduct of businesses wherever they operate.
The practical application of these principles is explained in our Organisation, Management and Control Model, which is regularly updated and distributed to all Group companies, together with our Code of Ethics, which was reworked in 2012 in order to ensure greater compliance with changes in civil society and the business itself.
The guidelines of the new Code of Ethics were drawn up by the Sustainability Committee, and were assessed in the light of the most relevant legislation (Italian Legislative Decree 58/1998 concerning issuers, Italian legislative decree 231/2001 concerning administrative liability for crimes committed, Italian Law 287/1990 concerning competition, Italian legislative decree 177/2005 concerning media services and Italian legislative decree 196/2003 concerning personal data protection) in order to ensure the absence of any conflicting elements.
Additional checks were carried out with respect to certain significant standards (Confindustria guidelines for organisational models pursuant to Italian legislative decree 231/2001 and the Code of Conduct for listed companies, both of which are observed by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., as well as ISO 26000) in order to verify compliance with the guidelines chosen. Finally, the codes of ethics of certain peers were assessed in order to ensure their appropriateness in terms of the normal practices of the publishing sector.