Human Rights

Committment

As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, BillerudKorsnäs actively supports human rights and shall conduct its business in a manner that is consistent with the principles of the Global Compact, the International Bill of Human Rights, and the ILO Core Conventions. BillerudKorsnäs is committed to respect and promote human rights in our relationships with our employees, suppliers and other business partners, and we encourage our stakeholders to share this commitment.

BillerudKorsnäs supports the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and recognises that while states have a duty to protect human rights, companies have a responsibility to respect the same. These principles are used as a basis for our work with human rights and for ensuring that BillerudKorsnäs operations have positive impacts. BillerudKorsnäs shall work in a structured way to identify and engage with stakeholders that have an impact on and/or are affected by the Group’s operations. A transparent and responsive dialogue allows us to understand their expectations and needs, in order to ensure that BillerudKorsnäs develops in the desired direction.

Our human rights commitments are specified in the BillerudKorsnäs Code of Conduct, and in our Sustainability Policy, Responsible Business Policy and People Policy. The policies can be found here. 

Our approach

Our approach to human rights is integrated into our existing business practices, for example as part of our health and safety work, anti-discrimination activities, sustainable purchasing practices, and enterprise risk management (ERM) process.

BillerudKorsnäs’ human rights commitments include constantly strengthening procedures for identifying and assessing the risk of causing, contributing to or being linked to serious human rights violations. BillerudKorsnäs is committed to act upon any findings to avoid, prevent, mitigate and/or remediate potential adverse human rights impacts, and in order to promote the protection of human rights.

Identifying and managing risks

In a global packaging company, potential negative human rights impacts can arise throughout the value chain, e.g. health and safety risks, discrimination, and risks within our supply chain in countries associated with heightened risk levels.

Risks relating to human rights are addressed in the group-wide ERM process, and are thus a part of BillerudKorsnäs’ risk universe. In addition, we are establishing a dedicated risk analysis process to identify, assess and prioritise potential salient human rights risks.

We are currently updating our processes for supplier assessment and will during 2019 make use of Ecovadis, an independent third party that evaluates corporate sustainability efforts worldwide. A Supplier Code of Conduct, with expectations and requirements for the Group’s suppliers, will be implemented during 2019. In pace with growing business in Managed Packaging, which has given rise to increased purchasing in Asia, our work with further developing audit processes and audit implementation in the region has also intensified.

Reporting

All our employees and external partners have the opportunity to submit anonymous reports about breaches of the Code of Conduct and other serious wrongdoings. For this, we have established a Speak Up-line that both internal and external stakeholders can use. The Speak-up line can be found here.