Sustainability management systems

Lemminkäinen wants to grow and develop the company’s business sustainably over the long term. The company operates responsibly and takes the expectations of customers, personnel and other stakeholders into account.

The starting point of sustainability management is Lemminkäinen’s strategy, and it is based on the company’s values, Code of Conduct, and policies and principles defined at the Group level. The President and CEO is responsible for leading sustainability. The Group’s Executive Team discusses these matters regularly, and they are also reported to the Board of Directors.

Lemminkäinen adheres to current legislation in all its operating countries. The most significant international regulations and agreements that guide the company's operations are:

  • the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights;
  • the UN’s Global Compact initiative in the field of corporate responsibility, promoting human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption;
  • The ILO’s employment rights and principles;
  • the OECD’s operational guidelines for multinational companies; and
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) recommendations.

Financial responsibility management systems

A detailed description of the financial responsibility management systems can be found in the Corporate Governance Statement.

Environmental and safety management systems

Responsibility for the Group’s environmental and occupational safety issues is held by an Executive Team member and at the business segment level by an environmental and/or quality manager. The Head of Environment and Safety, coordinates operations at the Group level and between businesses. In addition, she leads the EHSQ group in which the EHSQ managers of the businesses meet on a regular basis. At the EHSQ meetings, Lemminkäinen’s operations are developed across business boundaries and best practices are shared.

Lemminkäinen is committed to the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT’s target of zero accidents by 2020.

In the daily management of environmental and safety issues Lemminkäinen utilises management systems that meet the requirements of the international standards ISO 9001:2008 (quality management system), ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management system) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (occupational health and safety management system).

The management systems ensure also that there are the required resources for every stage of the projects and that work is completed on time and in accordance with the customer’s order. Lemminkäinen has separate management systems for each business segment.

Social responsibility management systems

Lemminkäinen’s social responsibility management has been decentralised. Human resources management is led by the Executive Vice President, HR and ICT. Lemminkäinen’s HR policy aims to ensure that the company has the competent, motivated and satisfied personnel required by the operational targets.

The goal of Group-level policies and principles, such as the equality action plan, is to promote fairness and to ensure equal treatment. Compliance with Group-level policies and principles is managed and monitored within the scope of line operations.

Also Lemminkäinen’s partner and supplier network is expected to comply with laws, international human rights, labour rights, environmental regulations and Lemminkäinen's Code of Conduct. In addition, Lemminkäinen requires all its subcontractors to adhere to the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability When Work Is Contracted Out when operating in Finland. The Executive Vice President, Procurement, is responsible for the partner and supplier network.

Legal affairs are coordinated by a Group-level unit in order to promote consistent practices. The Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs, is responsible for this. Furthermore, more detailed guidelines about competition law and insider issues are provided to complement the Code of Conduct. Business management is responsible for monitoring compliance with these guidelines, and internal training on them is also provided.Lemminkäinen has zero tolerance with regard to activities violating the competition legislation.

Lemminkäinen uses the SpeakUp service through which both Lemminkäinen employees and external stakeholders can report any suspected violation of the Code of Conduct.

Product responsibility is led by Executive Vice Presidents of Lemminkäinen's business segments. They are responsible for customer service and they supervise that Lemminkäinen’s products and marketing comply with law and regulations.