Within their area of influence, KNAPP is mindful of and respects the internationally recognized human rights, and acts according to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact.
Furthermore, KNAPP follows the “Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work” (International Labour Organization, ILO, 1998) in line with the national legal requirements and practices.
KNAPP in particular advocates for fair working conditions and categorically rejects all forms of child and forced labour as well as any other type of involuntary work within the supply chain.
It goes without saying that KNAPP respects the right of all employees for employee representation, while complying with the relevant applicable legal requirements, and their right to appropriate remuneration. KNAPP ensures that all employees carry out their work in compliance with all the applicable laws and mandatory industry standards regarding regular working hours, overtime including breaks, rest periods, public holidays as well as maternity and paternity leave.
Not only are all members of the KNAPP group required to comply with human and labour rights as well as prohibitions of any type of child or forced labour within the supply chain, this is also required of their business partners. Furthermore, the requirements for the Social Accountability Standard 8000 (SA8000) of the Social Accountability International (SAI) must be met.
KNAPP is committed to equal opportunities and sees diversity as an asset and driving force for innovation. What’s more, KNAPP promotes an inclusive work environment in order to achieve the highest level of productivity, creativity and efficiency. The main criteria when selecting and promoting employees within the KNAPP group are their skills, experience and qualification. KNAPP does not tolerate any form of discrimination, particularly based on gender, ethnic affiliation, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, belief or other characteristics protected by law. Not only do all the companies of the KNAPP group commit to these values, a similar attitude is also expected to be demonstrated by any selected business partner.
KNAPP is aware of its necessary due diligence with respect to mankind and nature, especially considering its global activity and takes this responsibility seriously. In doing so, KNAPP orients itself on the United Nations’ guiding principles regarding the economy and human rights as well as the Global Compact.
The relevant applicable laws to ensure due diligence by companies within supply chains are taken into account as well.
For this purpose, appropriate risk analyses are carried out to identify possible human rights violations or environmental risks early on. Implementing corresponding processes ensures that preventative measures and any corrective actions, if necessary, can be taken to rectify any such grievances.
KNAPP endeavours to keep the social and ecological consequences of their business activities to a minimum along the entire supply chain. Ecologically sound solutions are being used not only for the creation and procurement of resources and products, but also for the disposal of generated waste. All factors mentioned are fulfilled in accordance with the applicable law and the currently applicable international standards.
KNAPP places great emphasis on climate neutrality within the entire supply chain, which is why KNAPP is engaging in an ongoing dialogue with the relevant stakeholders.
When selecting suppliers, KNAPP therefore ensures that they adhere to human rights, fair working conditions and environmental standards within the supply chains and that they review and select their direct suppliers based on these criteria in order to meet the requirements of the relevant applicable laws. In addition, all companies of the KNAPP group and business partners are encouraged to independently work on improving the carbon footprint of the products they offer and to consider sustainability issues when developing new products.
KNAPP endeavours not to procure and process any goods and commodities that entail so-called conflict materials whose production could lead to human rights violations or to the financing of violent conflicts in the respective regions, and considers the due diligence procedures resulting from the relevant laws. In this regard, the compliance of the (EU) 2017/821 regulation on conflict materials as well as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas is assessed in particular when selecting suppliers.
By launching the KNAPP whistleblower platform, the Union’s requirements of the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law has been implemented. This platform allows people – also anonymously – to report potential grievances within the group of companies. These reported issues are treated confidentially and do not entail any negative consequences for the informant as long as they have been reported in good faith. KNAPP demonstrates its reliability in this context particularly by implementing measures to resolve any alleged grievances and by letting the informant know about the measures taken within the legal deadlines. The platform can be found at knapp.com/en/whistleblowing; issues can also be reported directly by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNAPP undertakes to comply responsibly with tax laws. We are aware of the increasing complexity in the area of tax laws across the globe. In keeping with the KNAPP Code of Conduct, it is therefore our concern to understand, comply with and pay taxes according to the separate tax laws.
We are also aware that the tax situation in international business transactions is not always conclusively regulated and adjudicated and therefore often leaves room for interpretation. Nevertheless, KNAPP recognizes its clear responsibility to comply with the various laws and minimize tax risks to the best of their knowledge. This applies to all taxes that KNAPP is subject to, not only for corporate taxes but also for payroll taxes, sales taxes as well as for customs and other duties. Tax benefits are used responsibly according to legal provisions.
Each year, we submit a country-by-country report (CbCR) to the Austrian tax authorities for the KNAPP group. This is completed according to Action 13 of the OECD Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).
Our group companies and production sites are founded in countries according to our operational requirements. KNAPP avoids establishing subsidiaries in countries who do not hold to the international standards for transparency, unless this is necessary for operational reasons and does not conflict with the Code of Conduct of the KNAPP group.
We conduct transactions between companies of the KNAPP Group at arm’s length prices and in accordance with the currently applicable OECD principles.
KNAPP avoids aggressive tax planning and artificial tax arrangements. Tax payments are made according to the operational business activities and following the principle “tax follows business” – thus all transactions are made by the business.
To make compliance with this procedure possible, targeted process steps were implemented and a tool developed, which allows KNAPP to query the relevant tax legislation of the individual countries to ensure as early as during the sales process that legal requirements are considered and accounted for in operational business.