Ethical guidelines

Human rights

Suominen is committed to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the International Labor Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Suominen is committed as an employer to respecting human rights. Suominen does not tolerate any form of discrimination, forced or compulsory labor, or the use of child labor.

Suominen works consistently to ensure that human rights are respected across the value chain. Suominen requires its raw material suppliers to commit to ethical conduct, full compliance with all applicable national laws and international treaties, and to respect human rights as set forth in internationally recognized standards and treaties.

Code of Conduct

Our daily operations are guided by Suominen’s Code of Conduct and other related policies that are the cornerstones of our fair and sustainable business practices. Suominen renewed its Code of Conduct during 2020, and it was published at the beginning of 2021. The Code sets out Suominen’s expectations for doing business responsibly, ethically, and consistently, according to our values, our policies, and the law.

Among the key issues addressed by the Code of Conduct are fair business practices, financial regulations, human rights, and the environment. The Code has been adopted by Suominen Corporation and its subsidiaries and it applies to everybody working for the company, everywhere in the world. In the latter half of 2021, a mandatory training program regarding Suominen’s renewed Code of Conduct was rolled out to all employees and 82% of all employees had completed the training by the end of the year.

Our requirements for our suppliers are described in the Supplier Code of Conduct, which discusses issues such as human rights, wages and working hours, child labor and forced labor, corruption and bribery, and the environment. We require our business partners to act responsibly, and all our suppliers must comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct.