GRI 103-2 The management approach and its components
SFS’s Corporate Principles and Code of Conduct enshrine the principle of respect for human rights and form an integral part of the conditions of employment that every employee is introduced to during the onboarding process. As these two basic documents are communicated to all new employees via both training and e-learning, an adequate focus is placed on the topic of human rights from the very start, thereby also raising awareness of the issues among the staff.
The Code of Conduct also forms an integral part of advanced training for new employees when individual aspects or topics are examined in detail.
Requirements placed on business partners
SFS also requires its suppliers to strictly adhere to and uphold human rights. This is a prerequisite for entering into a business relationship with SFS. In the General Terms and Conditions of Purchase, every supplier of SFS promises to comply with the respective statutory regulations on dealing with employees, environmental protection and occupational health and safety, and to work to reduce the adverse effects of their activities on people and the environment. Furthermore, suppliers must, upon request, demonstrate to SFS that they have implemented a code of conduct that embodies the principles of the UN Global Compact, which essentially concern the protection of international human rights, the abolition of forced and child labor, the elimination of discrimination in recruitment and employment, environmental responsibility and the prevention of corruption.
Our reporting channels
Violations or suspected violations of human rights can be reported to the Compliance Officer, also anonymously, both by SFS employees and by external stakeholders using a
form on the website. Complaints received are investigated systematically and appropriate countermeasures are taken if necessary. During the year under review, the Group Compliance Officer received no reports via this complaints channel regarding violations or suspected violations of human rights that would have required corrective steps.