Yunji is an e-commerce company established in China in 2015 and publicly listed in 2019. In 2020, the company had 24 million members, who are encouraged to promote the platform and share the company's products with their contacts in order to generate group buying at cheaper prices.
Little evidence was found regarding Yunji’s activities to make digital technologies widely available, affordable and accessible. The company can more clearly show how it supports digital opportunities for women and girls, and how it makes digital products accessible for people with disabilities.
No evidence was found of Yunji’s activities to support the development of digital skills and school connectivity. The company has an opportunity to offer basic, intermediate and technical digital skills training as well as contribute to enhancing school connectivity.
No evidence was found of the company’s activities to make digital technologies safe and secure. Yunji can more clearly demonstrate how it assigns senior-level oversight of and accountability for cybersecurity, and how it monitors, remedies and reports on security incidents. As a digital company, it should also make a high-level commitment to child online protection.
No evidence was found of Yunji’s activities relating to open, inclusive and ethical innovation. The company has an opportunity to report on initiatives in this area. It can further enhance transparency by reporting on the locations of its research and development (R&D) facilities and how it considers ethics in its R&D activities.
Core social indicators
The core social indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.
Yunji does not publicly commit to respecting human rights and to respecting all the labour fundamentals outlined in the ILO core labour rights, including the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Furthermore, the company does not disclose a process to identify, assess and mitigate the salient human rights risks associated with its own operations and with its business relationships. Yunji has a grievance mechanism accessible to both workers and external stakeholders to raise human rights concerns and complaints. However, it is unclear if complainants are able to choose to identify themselves or remain anonymous.
Yunji does not publicly commit to respecting the health and safety of workers and does not place health and safety requirements on its business relationships. The company does not disclose a policy commitment stating that it does not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours. It also does not explicitly state that it requires its business relationships to do the same. Yunji does not publicly commit to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and it does not provide a breakdown of workforce diversity within employee categories.
Yunji has a policy on bribery and corruption, but it is unclear whether the company prohibits bribery and corruption in all contexts. Furthermore, the company does not include anti-bribery and anti-corruption clauses in its contracts with business relationships. Yunji does not provide a global tax strategy and does not disclose income tax payments in individual tax jurisdictions. The company also does not disclose its approach to lobbying and political engagement. Specifically, the company has no public statement indicating that it does not make political contributions, and it does not disclose its lobbying expenditures.