Respect for human rights is fundamental to the sustainability of Meridian Global and the communities in which we operate. In our Company and across our system, we are committed to ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect.
Meridian Global’s Human Rights Policy is guided by international human rights principles encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
This Human Rights Policy applies to Meridian Global, its employees, subcontractors, entities that it owns, the entities in which it holds a majority interest, and the facilities that it manages.
Meridian is committed to working with and encouraging our clients to uphold the principles in this Policy and to adopt similar policies within their businesses if such a policy is not present.
Respect for Human Rights
The Meridian respects human rights. It is committed to identify, prevent, and mitigate adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities before or if they occur through human rights due diligence and mitigation processes.
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Meridian recognizes its impact on the communities in which it operates. We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in those communities to ensure that we are listening to, learning from and considering their views as we conduct our business. Where appropriate, we are committed to engaging in dialogue with stakeholders on human rights issues related to our business. We believe that local issues are most appropriately addressed at the local level. We are also committed to creating economic opportunity and fostering goodwill in the communities in which we operate through locally relevant initiatives.
Meridian Global values the diversity of the people with whom we work and the contributions they make. We have a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity and intolerance of discrimination and harassment. We are dedicated to maintaining workplaces that are free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, color, national or social origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, political opinion or any other status protected by applicable law. The basis for recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation and advancement at Meridian is based off qualifications, performance, skills and experience.
Regardless of personal characteristics or status, Meridian does not tolerate disrespectful or inappropriate behavior, unfair treatment or retaliation of any kind. Harassment is unacceptable in the workplace and in any work-related circumstance outside the workplace. These principles apply not only to Meridian employees but also to the business partners with whom we work.
Safe and Healthy Workplace
Meridian provides a safe and healthy workplace and complies with applicable safety and health laws, regulations and internal requirements. We are dedicated to maintaining a productive workplace by minimizing the risk of accidents, injury and exposure to health risks. We are committed to engaging with our employees to continually improve health and safety in our workplaces, including the identification of hazards and remediation of health and safety issues.
Meridian is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free from violence, harassment, intimidation and other unsafe or disruptive conditions due to internal and external threats. Security safeguards for employees are provided as needed and will be maintained with respect for employee privacy and dignity. This includes whistleblowers, as Meridian has a policy to ensure the protection of any employee or subcontractor that is designated a whistleblower.
Forced Labor and Human Trafficking
Meridian Global prohibits the use of all forms of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, military labor, slave labor and any form of human trafficking.
Meridian prohibits the hiring of individuals that are under 18 years of age for positions in which hazardous work is required.
Work Hours, Wages and Benefits
Meridian compensates employees competitively relative to the industry and local
labor market. We operate in full compliance with applicable wage, work hours, overtime and benefit laws.
Guidance and Reporting for Employees
Meridian creates workplaces in which open and honest communications among all employees are valued and respected. We are committed to following all applicable labor and employment laws wherever we operate.
If an employee or subcontractor believe there is a conflict between the language of the policy and the laws, customs and practices of the place where services are performed, or there are questions about this policy, or if someone would like to report a potential violation of this policy, they should raise those questions and concerns through existing processes utilizing the proper chain of command which make every effort to maintain confidentiality. Employees and subcontractors may ask questions or report potential violations to local Management, Human Resources, Legal Department or Strategic Security. Employees and subcontractors can also report suspected violations through the Ethics/Whistleblower portal which is located at https://meridian.us/about-us-2/whistleblower-policy-third-party-grievance-procedure-and-code-of-ethical-conduct/or by calling the appropriate toll-free number which can be found on the www.meridian.us. No reprisal or retaliatory action will be taken against any employee or subcontractor for raising concerns under this policy. Meridian is committed to investigating, addressing and responding to the concerns of employees and to taking appropriate corrective action in response to any violation.