The Basic requirements are part of our Supplier Code of Conduct. There are no exceptions to the acceptance of LKAB's Basic requirements. These requirements apply to both existing suppliers as well as to new, potential suppliers.
The Basic requirements cover eight areas that have to be satisfied by all of LKAB's suppliers. The Basic requirements must be complied with in our suppliers' own facilities, as well as during work carried out within, or for, LKAB's operations. By working proactively through these areas and ensuring that the requirements are satisfied, important steps are taken to develop the operation, reduce risks and strengthen both the supplier's and LKAB's brands.
LKAB's eight Basic requirements for suppliers:
LKAB's suppliers must always act in accordance with the most stringent demands in relevant legislation.
1. Legal requirements
There must be procedures to ensure compliance with laws and ordinances that apply to the business. This includes all parts of this Code of Conduct relating to basic requirements for suppliers.
2. Forced and indebted labour
All forms of forced and indebted labour are unacceptable. Work must take place on a voluntary basis, and personal documents and possessions must not be confiscated in order to force somebody to work.
3. Child labour
All forms of child labour are unacceptable. All forms of work that can have a negative impact on the child's right to a healthy childhood and development, or that prevent the child's education, are classed as child labour. All forms of violence, compulsion and the exploitation of children are unacceptable. A person below the age of 15 is viewed as a child unless local legislation has defined a higher age for being able to work or for mandatory schooling. Documents certifying the age of all employees must be available.
4. Wages and working hours
As a minimum, statutory wages must be paid and applicable working time legislation must be followed. Paid wages and worked time must be documented in a transparent system and must cover all employees.
5. Worker protection
The business must be run in such a way that serious accidents or incidents are systematically prevented.
6. Accident insurance
All employees must have accident insurance that covers healthcare for work-related injuries and compensation in the event of invalidity caused by work-related accidents.
The business must be run in such a way that serious discharges and emissions to the ground, water or air are systematically prevented.
8. Business ethics
All forms of corruption and bribes are unacceptable. Documents may not be manipulated. Statutory tax must be paid. Any tax liabilities in relation to public authorities must be settled.