Human Rights and Social Responsibility

Sembcorp Marine is committed to respecting human rights throughout the Group’s business operations and value chain worldwide.

Sembcorp Marine’s commitment to human rights, responsible business practices, corporate social responsibility and good corporate governance is articulated in our: 

  • Code of Business Conduct – which defines the ethical standards and professional behaviour by which all personnel are expected to abide; and
  • Supplier Code of Conduct – that guides vendors, contractors and partners on the Group’s expectations relating to business integrity, ethical sourcing, sustainability, data protection and privacy, as well as compliance with export controls and sanctions.


Respect for Human Rights

Our human rights commitment is guided by the United Nations (UN) Declaration of Human Rights, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as Building Responsibly and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Code.  

Sembcorp Marine respects employees’ right to freedom of association and embraces fair employment, diversity and inclusivity at the workplace in alignment with tenets advocated by Singapore’s Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP). The Group is recognised by TAFEP as a Human Capital Partner for our continuous investment in people development and socially responsible HR practices. We are an early adopter of the Singapore Tripartite Standards and a signatory of the TAFEP Employers’ Pledge of Fair Employment Practices. We also pledged our commitment to the Singapore Business Federation Sustainable Employment Practices.

Respect for human rights – covering workplace safety, health and security, freedom of association, diversity, inclusion, equality, fair and decent employment terms as well as care for local communities – is embedded in policies and systems throughout Sembcorp Marine’s global business operations and value chain. 

All employees, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, vendors, business partners and entities linked to Sembcorp Marine’s operations, products and services across its countries of operation are expected to operate responsibly in line with our ethical principles, sustainability standards and professional requirements.


Responsible and Fair Employment Practices

Our commitment towards human rights and social responsibility is reflected in our human rights and human resource policies as well as human capital approach, which advocate fair treatment of employees and responsible employment practices. We conduct our business ethically and observe socially responsible employment practices by respecting human rights and complying with labour laws in our various countries of operation. 

All forms of child labour, slavery, forced labour, human trafficking, and human exploitation are prohibited within Sembcorp Marine’s operations and supply chain. We strive to ensure a safe and secure workplace for personnel and do not tolerate any form of violence or harassment. 

Sembcorp Marine is committed to creating an inclusive work culture where diversity and human rights are respected, as well as an equal opportunity workplace allowing employees to achieve their full potential regardless of background. 

All employees are treated fairly and any form of discrimination is not condoned. Recruitment, training and development, employee appraisal, remuneration and career advancement are based on merit and objective criteria, such as skills, job size, experience, capabilities and performance.


Freedom of Association and Labour Relations

Sembcorp Marine respects freedom of association as well as the right of choice that employees have in joining relevant trade unions and be represented. 

We adhere to labour relations legislation in our various countries of operation. For our Singapore operations, we manage labour relations in accordance with the relevant employment legislation, including the Industrial Relations Act which provides guidance for resolving grievances and industrial disputes through conciliation, arbitration and tripartite mediation.

Sembcorp Marine’s management works with unions to develop collective bargaining agreement covering employment terms, working conditions, benefits, training, as well as workplace safety and health. 

Our  management and unions enjoy harmonious relations and work closely on initiatives that promote employee safety, health, welfare, training, development and continued employment.


Access to Remedy

Sembcorp Marine recognises the value of mutual discussions in resolving misunderstandings and disagreements to preserve a harmonious working environment. Employees who have grievances are encouraged to discuss such matters with the management. 

As part of our grievance management policy, there are fair and structured processes for resolving disputes within the organisation. Employees can bring up grievances to their immediate supervisors or respective department heads, without fear of reprisal. There are also channels for the anonymous reporting of grievances. If the matter remains unresolved, the issue will be forwarded to the HR Department for review, mediation and conciliation.

For workplace safety and health issues, all employees – irrespective of rank and seniority – are empowered to exercise ‘Stop-Work Authority’ without fear of reprisal should they encounter a potential hazard. This is also applicable to customers and contractors working at our yards.


Ethics and Human Rights Training

Our stance on human rights, ethics, anti-bribery compliance, corporate governance and social responsibility is conveyed to employees, suppliers, sub-contractors, business partners and associates through various platforms; including briefings, training workshops and other communication channels. All employees undergo mandatory training on Sembcorp Marine’s Code of Business Conduct as part of their induction.

Human rights training is provided to heighten awareness of the relevant issues among employees as well as empower them to prevent human rights non-compliances within our operations and value chain. Security personnel are also trained to respect human rights in executing their duties. They are prohibited from the use of firearms and have been trained to safeguard and restore order without the use of force.