At Sweco, business ethics is about taking responsibility for our projects and the way we conduct our business. This is fundamental for our long-term success.
Business Ethics Goals:
- Zero cases of bribery, corruption, fraud or other types of non-compliance with our Code of Conduct.
- Zero cases of human rights violations in our own operations or client projects.
- All employees sign our Code of Conduct and complete mandatory business ethics training.
Code of Conduct and other policies
With 18,500 employees carrying out projects in many locations throughout the world, we need to ensure that our employees and business partners always conduct business based on the same principles. The Sweco Code of Conduct forms the basis for Sweco’s work with sustainability and accountability. It details our responsibility in society and covers the environment, business ethics, employee development, human rights, labour law, data protection and personal data management. All employees and managers receive regular training in business ethics to obtain a solid understanding and generate internal dialogue. At Sweco, we have well-functioning systems for digital training.
Careful selection of business partners and projects
In addition to requiring our business partners to comply with Sweco’s Code of Conduct, we also have a special Business Partner Program for evaluating our partners. Our employees and partners participate together in the training sessions, to review various scenarios and dilemmas that can potentially arise in the business. For projects outside our home markets, we have a process for risk assessment of projects and business partners. The higher risk a project is deemed to have, the stricter the assessment.
Suppliers and procurement
Sweco’s supply chain is limited, and the most significant impact lies in client projects and collaborations with other parties. We expect all our suppliers to comply with the groupwide principles in Sweco’s Code of Conduct regarding environmental management and sustainability, business ethics, compliance, health and safety, human rights and workers’ rights. For example, we require our sub-consultants to sign our Code of Conduct.
Sweco supports and respects human rights, as defined by the UN in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Global Compact. We have zero tolerance for human rights violations, child labour and inhumane working conditions. Sweco also does not permit discrimination or denial of employees’ collective bargaining rights. We actively promote equal rights and opportunities in the workplace for employees irrespective of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnic origin, religious belief, functional variations, sexual orientation or age, within Sweco and in our contacts with clients and other stakeholders. Human rights criteria are included in the tender review process for screening major Sweco projects, in the assessment of potential business partners and in the merger and acquisition process.
The Sweco Ethics Line
Sweco has a zero-tolerance policy with regards to non-compliance with business ethics and violation of human rights. Sweco employees are required to report any violations of business ethics that arise in their course of work, even in cases where Sweco is not directly involved in or party to the event in question. Our whistleblowing function – the Sweco Ethics Line – is operated by an external provider and enables anonymous reporting of suspected incidents. The Sweco Ethics Line is available for employees as well as external parties.