United Nordic shall work for improved working and living conditions for employees and farmers in our supply chain. It is a great challenge as our supply chains are complex and spread out in countries all over the globe.
A key to improved working conditions is dialogue between workers and employers, as well as effective management systems. Functioning collective bargaining and internal systems formaintaining good working conditions can never be replaced by controls in the form of social audits. As a result, United Nordic, in line with amfori BCSI’s requirements, encourages dialogue between workers and employers, and follows up to confirm that the Supplier has its own internal management systems for working systematically with environmental responsibility, working environment and working conditions.
United Nordic works according to the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect and Remedy” policy framework, as well as the accompanying guiding principles for companies and human rights (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights). This means that United Nordic is aware of the potential risks of violating human rights throughout our supply chains, and similarly acknowledges our responsibility for mitigating and responding to these risks by implementing suitable measures. United Nordic is guided by the same principles concerning environmental responsibility and anti-corruption along the supply chains; the company must be aware of the environmental risks, corruption, and other risks of unethical business, and mitigate and respond to these risks.
Our Code of Conduct is the foundation in our work within our social responsibility. United Nordic’s Code of Conduct (the “Code of Conduct”) is harmonised with the Ethical Trading Initiative’s (ETI) Code of Conduct and is based on amfori BSCI’s (Business Social Compliance Initiative) Code of Conduct version 1/2014 (“amfori BSCI’s Code). The Code of Conduct is also based on the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the International Labour Organisation’s conventions on human rights at work, the OECD’s Guiding Principles for Multinational Companies, and other relevant, internationally recognised agreements, including international environmental regulations. United Nordic supports the principles of the UN’s Global Compact. United Nordic has adopted amfori BSCI’s Code in full but has chosen to integrate it into the company’s own Code of Conduct.
United Nordic is convinced that we, together with our suppliers, can contribute to more ethical business conduct, better working conditions and environmental responsibility, and we will readily cooperate with our suppliers in this important work.