Responsibility and business ethics
Sweco's work with CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), defined as Sweco's responsibility to society and Sweco's contribution to society, is based on the results it achieves in its projects. Sweco's vision is to become Europe's most respected knowledge company in the fields of consulting engineering, environmental technology and architecture. Sweco's long-term profitability and growth are driven by solutions that promote the sustainable development of society from an ecological, social and economic perspective. As consultants, Sweco's employees are often deeply involved in customer projects, frequently in an early stage, which gives them an opportunity to exert an influence but also carries an obligation to take responsibility for aspects within their control. Besides this, Sweco also influences CSR performance directly through its own initiatives. Sweco's employees are obligated to comply with Sweco's CSR policy and compliance programme. See page 17 in the annual report for additional information on Sweco's compliance programme.
Sweco complies with the laws, regulations and other requirements applicable to operations in the countries where the Group is active. Sweco also follows the Code of Ethics formulated by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), and works according to the principles in the UN’s Global Compact and the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Sweco has high standards for conduct and business ethics, with objective and independent employees who act professionally in the best interest of the customer. Sweco has zero tolerance for fraud and collusion, corruption, bribes or unpermitted competition-restricting practises. No one at Sweco may, directly or indirectly, request, accept, or accept a promise of improper payment or other types of improper gifts, nor may anyone at Sweco, directly or indirectly, offer, provide or promise payment or other types of compensation that may be regarded as improper to individuals, organisations, companies or persons closely associated thereto. No one at Sweco nor anyone representing Sweco in a particular matter may provide cash or other assets to other parties. Employees may not engage in activities in which there is a risk of conflict with Sweco's interests. No employee may exploit his or her position for personal gain. An employee who suspects business ethics improprieties is obligated to report this, in the first instance, to his or her manager, manager's manager, HR or group Legal Affairs staff and, in cases where anonymity is called for, via Sweco's whistle-blower function (Sweco Ethics Line).
Sweco views diversity as essential in creating an innovative and inspiring working environment and actively promotes equal rights and opportunities in the workplace regardless of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.
The company's and employees' basic outlook on the company's responsibilities in society has been established in its CSR policy. The CSR policy covers the areas of business ethics, quality assurance, employee development, human rights, equality and diversity and occupational health and safety. Where applicable, Group-wide and local guidelines have specified responsibility in each area in greater detail. Examples of this include ethics guidelines concerning anti-corruption, gifts and business entertainment.
All managers are responsible for ensuring that they and their employees comply with the CSR policy and guidelines. All employees are obligated to familiarise themselves and comply with the provisions of the policy and guidelines and to encourage external partners to apply these principles. The President & CEO holds ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the policy is monitored, including through internal and external audits.