Our way of working
Our goal is to grow our business operations profitably over the long term in compliance with the principles of sustainable development and good governance. Together with our customers, we want to create conditions that make living, working and travelling functional, safe and healthy.
We base our operations on our values:
- Respect and trust
- Constructive collaboration
- Sustainable growth and development
We comply with our Code of Conduct
Our operations are guided by our Code of Conduct. The Code is based on international regulations, such as the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights and the Global Compact’s ten principles that are related to human rights, labour law, the environment and anti-corruption. The Code also adheres to the ILO’s employment rights and principles, the OECD’s operational guidelines for multinational companies, and the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) recommendations. In addition, our Code of Conduct acts as a set of guidelines for our partners.
Our Code of Conduct is supplemented by various guidelines and policies, such as entertainment and sponsorship principles as well as Competition Law and insider guidelines. In 2014, we started the Code of Conduct online training that is mandatory for the entire personnel. The goal of the training is to ensure that Lemminkäinen’s employees know how to apply the Code of Conduct in practice and how to act in conflict situations. Some of our seasonal employees will not take the training until the beginning of the new season in the spring of 2015. In the future, the training will be repeated annually and included in the induction training.
We do not condone bribery, nor do we enter into business relationships that could lead to conflicts of interest. We require every Lemminkäinen employee to adhere to current legislation and the Group’s internal principles and guidelines at all times. Our supervisors are responsible for familiarising employees with our working methods and for ensuring compliance.
We encourage all Lemminkäinen employees to report to their own supervisors or to the internal audit unit any suspected malpractice or behaviour that does not comply with our Code of Conduct. The internal audit unit investigates all reports it receives. In addition, its tasks include conducting regular audits of business operations and reporting its findings to the Board of Directors’ Audit Committee.
We use the SpeakUp service where Lemminkäinen employees and external stakeholders can report any suspected malpractice anonymously. Suspected cases are handled in accordance with all relevant legislation and Lemminkäinen’s internal practices, while respecting personal privacy and the rights of all parties. In 2014, the internal audit unit launched further investigations into 13 cases of suspected malpractice, 4 of which led to further action.