Cooperative of SEKEM Employees | Our Values | Empowering Women & Gender Strategy | Diversity & Equality
Promoting a Peaceful Society Through Diversity and Equality
Respect and dignity for every individual within our companies and in the broader community are the guiding principles that we use to create human relationships. The SEKEM Code of Conduct explicitly states our commitment to protect and advocate for human rights in all our activities and spheres of influence.
Fair, Healthy & Safe
In all the steps of our value chain, we strive to provide and support fair salaries, as well as healthy and safe work places. To ensure human rights adherence along our supply chain, we strictly apply Fairtrade principles within our purchasing practices.
Literacy is a Human Right
In the SEKEM Development Foundation, we have started a Community School to prevent child labor. We consider literacy as a human right. Every illiterate employee at SEKEM has the opportunity to receive reading and writing lessons. Furthermore, together with our project partners and our main investors, we monitor human rights adherence and consider human rights clauses in our investment decisions.
Corporate governance defines the structure in which SEKEM conducts its business. The reliability of an organization depends on the way decisions are taken and opinions with stakeholders are exchanged. The Board of Directors (BoD) advises and supervises the SEKEM Management in regards to sustainable economic prosperity, business development and strategy. The composition, current members, voting rights, access to information, responsibilities, meeting procedures, duties and tasks are defined in the Corporate Governance Code. All provided information is considered confidential and principles regarding any conflict of interest are in effect.
Operational Management and the Board of Directors
The operational management, led by the Managing Director Helmy Abouleish, takes the advice and propositions of the BoD originating from their meetings, where upon these expectations are directly translated into action plans and achievements. Any following shortcomings are assessed in the next meeting. The quarterly financial report, sent out for review to the BoD members, provides constant updates on new investments, products, volume analysis and risks. Six members of the BoD, all except Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish and Helmy Abouleish, are non-executive members; three are totally independent from SEKEMs operations.