Caring for Human Rights

As a global health care company, we improve access to affordable, high-quality health care in many countries and thereby contribute to respecting human rights.

  • Every 0.7 seconds, Fresenius Medical Care provides a dialysis treatment somewhere around the globe.

  • With a broad range of generic products, Fresenius Kabi enables patients with medical needs to access modern therapies and affordable health care.

  • In the past five years, Fresenius Helios has invested more than €1 billion in the modernization and development of clinical services in Germany and Spain and thereby contributes to comprehensive high-quality health care.

  • Fresenius Vamed has completed more than 900 projects in around 90 countries, many of these in regions in which the development of health care infrastructure is still at an early stage. Through this, Fresenius Vamed contributes decisively to facilitating access to health care facilities for patients.

How we contribute

We are committed to respecting and supporting human rights as they are defined by international standards, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Fundamental Principles as published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) 1. We consider this part of our responsibility as a company.

1ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, adopted June 1, 1998.

In 2018, we have adopted a Group-wide statement regarding human rights. It contains aspects of human rights that are of special importance for Fresenius. Our activities serve to respect human rights and shall support their protection. We strive to continuously develop these activities.

For more information about our position see the Non-financial Report.

  • No exploitative nor illegal child nor forced labor

    We do not tolerate the use or threat of violence, or any other form of coercion. In particular, we are dedicated to protecting children from exploitation. We strictly forbid using, supporting, or approving of exploitative and illegal child or forced labor. Taking responsibility for our employees is part of the corporate responsibility of the whole Fresenius Group. Processes in local entities of all business segments serve to adhere to applicable laws on the prevention of exploitative and illegal child or forced labor. We expect our business partners to comply with these laws. Where it is required by local laws, such as the UK Modern Slavery Act, we confirm compliance with these laws on the websites of our local entities.

  • Standing against discrimination and promoting equal opportunity

    We support equal opportunities and take a clear stand against discrimination. No one may ever be discriminated against, e. g., for their skin color, race, gender, religion, political views, age, physical constitution, sexual orientation, appearance, or other personal characteristics. We also do not tolerate discrimination due to membership in unions or works councils. We interact openly, fairly, and appreciatively. All business segments have embedded these principles in their codes of conduct. Fresenius Kabi has established shared company values for all employees that form a worldwide common understanding of its corporate culture. They emphasize the importance of respectful collaboration among all employees. The values are part of the quality management handbook and the Code of Conduct at Fresenius Kabi. To promote equal opportunity, Fresenius Helios particularly emphasizes the compatibility of family and work, especially for employees working in shifts and on-call duty, and offers or supports child care. With these and other exemplary initiatives, we foster a company culture without discrimination at Fresenius.

  • Creating safe working conditions

    We are committed to ensuring that the necessary safety measures are taken and that working conditions are fair and safe for all our employees. We want to provide a healthy and productive place to work to our employees.

  • Respecting the right of freedom of association and collective bargaining

    Fresenius respects the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Our employees can join labor unions, seek representation, and engage in collective bargaining in accordance with local laws. We foster open and direct communication within our workforce and strictly oppose any discrimination, as stated in our Code of Conduct. No one shall be discriminated against at the workplace due to membership of unions or works councils.

  • Protecting personal data

    We respect the privacy of every person. We feel accountable for the personal data of our patients, employees, customers, and suppliers. We are aware of our responsibility within the especially trusted relationship with our patients. Our patients expect adequate protection of their data. This guides our procedures in handling patient data. All business segments and Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA have implemented comprehensive Data Protection Management Systems, which ensure responsible handling of the data we receive.

  • Considering the influence on our environment

    It is also part of our joint responsibility to protect nature as the basis of life, to preserve resources, and to reduce our impact on the environment. It is our mutual duty to protect resources for future generations. We aim to comply with legal requirements and to improve the safety of our plants and our performance in the areas of environmental protection, product responsibility, and logistics.

  • Taking responsibility in our supply chain

    We expect our suppliers and business partners to commit to ethical standards of conduct in daily business, towards employees, society, and the environment. This also includes the described areas in relation to respecting human rights.