As a responsible financial services firm, and a member of the Standard Bank Group, Liberty supports the protection, promotion, preservation, and sanctity of human rights across the group. Human rights are enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which gives recognition to the inherent dignity, equality, and absolute rights of all humans.
Our respect for human rights is fundamental to and informs our business; it guides us in how we treat our employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and communities. Our commitment to respecting human rights is embedded in our values, principles, and code of ethics.
We take any breach to human rights as a serious act that requires an urgent response. We seek to avoid human rights infringements and being complicit in the human rights infringements of other parties. Our commitment to the principles of human rights is preserved in our group policies and procedures. We operate within the legal, institutional, and regulatory requirements of each country. We acknowledge that legislation in individual jurisdictions could potentially conflict with the group's position on human rights. In such cases, we comply with the law and exercise our sphere of influence to raise awareness of human rights and the detrimental effects of its abuse.
We are committed to:
- Creating a nurturing workplace that respects the human rights of our people and that this commitment is protected in the group's code of ethics and our people policies and procedures, offering our employees training on a variety of human rights issues, including equal employment opportunity, diversity and inclusion, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption.
- Evaluating investment decisions with respect to environmental and social issues.
- Making our suppliers and business partners aware of the group's standards by applying a strict moral code to our purchasing activities. Suppliers are required to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the conduct of their business.
- Requiring our people to report alleged or suspected human rights violations via channels such as the fraud hotline.
- Regularly reviewing our progress in meeting each of these commitments under the oversight of the group's social, ethics and transformation (SET) committee.