Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and its global brands, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara, and Silversea Cruises (collectively, “RCL” or “We”), are committed to doing business in an ethical and responsible manner.
RCL recognizes and embraces its responsibility, alongside that of governments, domestic and international organizations, and other companies, to respect, uphold, and promote human rights, and is committed to do so in its business operations. In furtherance of this commitment, RCL endorses the principles contained within the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the fundamental fair labor principles recognized by the International Labor Organization.
We are dedicated to employing a diverse shoreside and shipboard workforce and to enriching the places we visit and do business, and the lives of the people who live there. We are committed to ensuring that our workforce is treated with dignity and respect, and in accordance with fundamental fair labor principles as recognized by the International Labor Organization core conventions on Labor Rights.
We subscribe to the following principles, which are accorded to all employees of RCL worldwide, both shoreside and shipboard. Where local legislation conflicts with this Statement, RCL will comply with the law while promoting best practices in accordance with these principles. RCL expects that its suppliers and business partners uphold these principles in their business operations and in their conduct of business for or on RCL’s behalf.
Forced Labor & Human Trafficking
We condemn the use of all forms of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, and any form of human trafficking.
We condemn the use of child labor and prohibit the recruitment of individuals under the age of eighteen (18) unless the engagement is otherwise in accordance with applicable international standards and local law.
Harassment or Abuse
Every employee should be treated with respect and dignity. We prohibit harassment of others, whether verbal, physical or sexual, in the workplace.
We promote and are committed to attracting, developing, and fostering the inclusion of, a diverse workforce without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. No person shall be subject to any discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Health and Safety
We provide a safe and healthy working environment with opportunities for our employees to express their opinions without fear of retaliation.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
We recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Working Hours, Wages and Benefits
We do not require employees to work more than legally permitted limits. We recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. We guarantee employees will receive fair compensation and benefits in accordance with applicable law and/or union negotiated agreements.
RCL encourages employees to report if they know of or suspect conduct that is contrary to the above principles through the Compliance & Ethics AWARE Hotline, Human Resources, or the Global Compliance and Ethics contacts listed in the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. RCL prohibits retaliation of any form against any employee who, in good faith, makes a report or cooperates in an investigation.
Certain statements throughout the site and within documents obtained from the site are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding our future performance including, without limitation, future revenues, earnings, strategies, prospects, consequences and all other statements that are not purely historical Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “goal,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek” and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements do not guarantee future performance and may involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied in those forward looking statements.
Examples of these risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to: general economic and business conditions, vacation industry competition (including cruise industry competition), changes in vacation industry capacity (including over capacity in the cruise vacation industry), the impact of tax laws and regulations affecting our business or our principal shareholders, the impact of changes in other laws and regulations affecting our business, the impact of pending or threatened litigation, the delivery of scheduled new ships, emergency ship repairs, negative incidents involving cruise ships (including those involving the health and safety of passengers), reduced consumer demand for cruises as a result of any number of reasons (including armed conflict, terrorist attacks, geo-political and economic uncertainties, the unavailability of air service and the resulting concerns over safety and security aspects of traveling), our ability to obtain financing on terms that are favorable or consistent with our expectations, changes in our stock price or principal stockholders, the impact of changes in operating and financing costs (including changes in foreign currency and interest rates and fuel, food, payroll, insurance and security costs), weather and other factors described in further detail in Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The above examples are not exhaustive and new risks emerge from time to time. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.