Compliance with legal requirements
There must be procedures to ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations that apply to the business. The supplier must comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and international guidelines in the countries where they operate. This includes all parts of this Supplier Code of Conduct.
Forced and indebted labour
All forms of modern slavery, forced and indebted labour, penal servitude or work carried out under threat of punishment or compulsion is 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.
All forms of child labour are unacceptable, and documentation certifying the age of all employees must be available. All forms of work that could 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 exploitation of children are unacceptable. Any person under 18 years of age is to be regarded as a child, in accordance with the definition in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Wages and working hours
As a minimum, statutory wages must be paid and applicable working time legislation must be followed. In addition, LKAB encourages all suppliers to pay living wages to their employees. Wages paid and hours worked must be documented in a transparent system that covers all employees.
The operations must be run in a way that systematically prevents serious accidents or incidents.
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.
Climate and environment
The operations must be run in a way that systematically prevents severe emissions to air, water or land. This commitment has a great impact on coming generations’ right to grow up in healthy environments in the future.
Business ethics and anti-corruption
Any kind of corruption or bribery is unacceptable. Documents must not be manipulated. Statutory tax must be paid. Any tax liabilities to public authorities must be settled. LKAB expects its suppliers to run their business in accordance with the national and international legislation in force and to comply with internationally agreed rules on business ethics.
Suppliers must not take part in or tolerate any kind of corruption, bribery, extortion or misappropriation. Suppliers are not to offer or accept any benefits or anything else in order to obtain any improper or inappropriate advantage. Examples of such inappropriate benefits include cash, gifts, leisure travel or benefits of another nature.