Business Ethics

Acting responsibly and ethically is crucial to maintain high levels of credibility.

Responsible Owner

We expect our portfolio companies to act responsibly and in compliance with local and national legislation in each country of operation. We also expect our companies to sign and adhere to the UN Global Compact and its ten principles, commit to UN SDGs and support the ILO conventions and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

All our portfolio companies shall have a secure reporting channel for whistleblowing in place. We expect our companies to have a process for taking action and working with potential issues. In 2018, we encouraged our companies to make the whistle-blowing procedures available for external stakeholders.

Progress 2018

  • 100% of our portfolio companies have an implemented Code of Conduct in place
  • 100% of our companies have an anti-corruption policy and training in place
  • 83% of our portfolio companies have signed the UN Global Compact
  • 100% of our portfolio companies have a whistleblowing system in place to report violations


Responsible Company

Investor’s Board of Directors has adopted a Sustainability Policy which sets the framework for Investor’s sustainability approach and work as well as a Code of Conduct as a guideline on business principles and ethics. Investor has also adopted a policy on Anti-Corruption and on Whistleblowing. All employees and company representatives are expected to comply with our policies and Code of Conduct. We hold regular trainings and all documentation is available on Investor’s intranet.

We support universally recognized human rights and assume long term accountability for ethical standards. We acknowledge that our commitment to financial performance also takes into account the broader economic, environmental and social impacts of our own operations and those of our portfolio companies. We are a signatory of the UN Global Compact and its ten principles and support the ILO conventions and the OECD guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

We strive to maintain a transparent business climate and high business ethics and we value the safety and respect of everyone affected by our business. Our trustworthiness and long-term success is built on our business principles, described in our Code of Conduct. Investor has a whistleblowing system in place where both employees and external stakeholders can report violations. Read more here.

Investor ensures a good local tax reputation in consistence with tax laws and practices in the markets we operate in. We strive to take a commercial approach rather than a tax driven approach when operating our business.

We create value for people and society by building strong, and sustainable businesses

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