Duke Energy Affirms Support for Human Rights


Since the company was founded more than a century ago, Duke Energy has made respect for our employees’ and communities’ rights a fundamental belief inherent in the way we operate. To amplify this belief, the company adopted a Human Rights Policy in April 2019 that outlines policies and practices that support an ongoing commitment to, and respect for, human rights.

Duke Energy respects international human rights principles, including those identified in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The company’s Code of Business Ethics and Supplier Code of Conduct provide the backbone to the commitments outlined in the human rights policy, which include:

  • Workforce: We uphold human and workplace rights in all our operations, treat workers fairly and without discrimination and provide working conditions that reflect the human dignity of the people working at Duke Energy. Furthermore, we prohibit the use of forced labor, child labor and any form of human trafficking.
  • Communities and Stakeholders: Duke Energy respects the rights of people in the communities it serves and seeks to operate the business in ways that protect the environment and mitigate adverse impacts from operations.
  • Suppliers and Partners: Duke Energy expects its suppliers of goods and services to adhere to the same beliefs that the company has prioritized, applying them to how they do business locally and around the world.

Duke Energy engages an independent, third-party vendor to operate its EthicsLine, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via phone or online. Employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders can report a human rights concern through the EthicsLine, which provides anonymity, or directly to the company.

Adherence to and respect for human rights is more than a verbal commitment at Duke Energy. It’s an ongoing process of learning, evaluating and improving how we operate. Duke Energy will conduct periodic human rights assessments to determine whether its processes and systems used to identify and investigate any alleged violations are appropriate, and will publicly report on its human rights-related commitments in the annual Sustainability Report.