Sustainability report

AAK Sustainability Report 2020 70 Our commitment to the UN Global Compact AAK is proud to have been a signa- tory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) since 2003 and we are deeply committed to its mission to support companies to operate responsibly in line with the Ten Principles and take stra- tegic action in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Here we present some examples of AAK initiatives in line with the UNGC Ten Principles. • AAK recognizes the rights of its workers to freedom of associa- tion and collective bargaining, including the right to freely form and join independent trade unions (see page 40). • Labor rights are addressed in AAK’s Group Code of Conduct. • Forced and compulsory labor is addressed in AAK’s Group Code of Conduct and AAK's Code of Conduct for Suppliers of Raw Materials, and modern slavery issues are addressed in AAK’s Statement on Modern Slavery Act (see page 18). • AAK does not accept child labor as stated in its Group Code of Conduct and its Code of Conduct for Suppliers of Raw Materials (see page 85). • AAK does not accept any form of discrimination as stated in our Group Code of Conduct. Ethical behavior training, including discrimination and harassment, is planned to be established (see page 40). Labor rights • Businesses should uphold freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; • The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor; • The effective abolition of child labor and; • The elimination of discrimination in respect of employ- ment and occupation. Principles Examples of AAK initiatives Human rights • Businesses should support and respect the protection of inter- nationally proclaimed human rights; and • Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. • AAK supports the Ten Principles of the UNGC in the areas of human and labor rights and communicates this to all employees in our Group Code of Conduct. The Code shall be accepted and signed by all AAK employees. • AAK’s commitment to human rights cascades down to our Supplier Code of Conducts. AAK Supplier Code of Conduct and our Code of Conduct for Suppliers of Raw Materials are integral parts of the approval system for suppliers (see pages 19, 40, 77). • AAK has established a third-party whistleblower function.