Responsible Business

BillerudKorsnäs complies with relevant laws and regulations in the countries where we are active. By conducting responsible business, we contribute to a better and more sustainable world, while at the same time protecting BillerudKorsnäs and its stakeholders from the very serious consequences that can result if we do not comply with the legislation, the rules and the international standards in the area.

Anti –corruption and competition

BillerudKorsnäs has absolute zero tolerance against corruption and behaviors that conflict with applicable regulations under competition legislation. The starting point for the work lies in the company's Code of Conduct, as well as positions against corruption and on competition law rules in the Group's policies. The company also requires compliance with the Code of Conduct, with a formal stance against all forms of corruption.

Download and read our Code of Conduct and Policy against corruption.

Supplier management

The fundamental requirements that cover our suppliers are compliance with BillerudKorsnäs’ Code of Conduct together with international standards, current legislation and regulations. Our membership of the UN’s Global Compact sees us commit to the ethical guidelines laid down for companies active in a global world. This ensures that scrutiny and follow-up of suppliers includes the risks of what is termed modern slavery.

The supplier assessment process is carried out in three-yearly cycles and covers all purchases that the company makes for more than SEK 100 000, excluding purchasing wood raw material and purchases related to Managed Packaging.

Risk estimation

Together with qualified staff, the appointed purchaser makes an initial risk estimation covering the evaluation areas mentioned above. This part of the model leads to a prioritization of areas and suppliers.

Self-assessment

Selected suppliers then perform a self-assessment containing about 75 questions, which provide a comprehensive view of the suppliers’ attitude, approach and compliance to sustainable and responsible business. The self-assessment is scrutinized and we decide the next steps based on the result. We always provide individual feedback for each supplier’s self-assessment, including suggested improvements and approvals, and in some cases hold an improvement meeting.

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Improvement meeting

A limited number of our suppliers are offered an improvement meeting free of charge. The meeting always includes an audit but is also so much more than that. It is more like a comprehensive discussion about how the parties could jointly improve the value chain. If necessary, a common improvement program is launched

Decision

Based on the findings, the supplier is issued with an approval, a limited approval or a controlled exit. We continuously review and improve our supplier evaluation process and model.

Purchasing wood raw material and assessing transporters

Purchasing wood raw material takes place under the FSC® and PEFC™ Chain of Custody standards, and procedures are in place to check the origin of wood under the standard FSC® Controlled Wood, the clauses on Controlled Sources in PEFC™ Chain of Custody and the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). A modified version of the supplier assessment is used for the 22 transporters of wood raw material from the forest to production units. This requires that transporters have safe unloading procedures, and environmental and drug and alcohol policies
in place.

Purchases related to Managed Packaging

In pace with growing business in Managed Packaging, work has also intensified on developing audit processes and audit implementation. A new system for approving and following up production partners was developed and established during the year. The starting point is not merely to seek improvements and remedy any deficiencies but also to train our partners in management systems and long-term work on improvements. The audits, which are conducted by BillerudKorsnäs and independent third parties, take place on site under a standardised process which includes an extensive battery of questions, mainly on social aspects for employees, such as labour law, freedom of association, working hours, pay and safety.

We are currently updating our processes for supplier evaluation and will during 2019 introduce Ecovadis, a third party which evaluates companies work on sustainability worldwide.