Responsible business conduct and compliance

Kemira's Code of Conduct forms the basis for how Kemira conducts business: ethically and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations throughout the organization.

The Kemira Code of Conduct was updated in December 2012, triggered by the 2011 revision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and adding focus on key issues for Kemira, which were identified after the previous Code of Conduct was launched in 2005.

The key changes to the Code of Conduct include:

In addition to ensuring responsible business conduct in its own operations, Kemira expects its suppliers and other business partners to maintain the same high standards of operation. Kemira has therefore introduced a new Code of Conduct for Suppliers, Agents and Distributors, which is presented in the Supply Chain Management section.

Communicating the Code of Conduct to the employees

Every Kemira employee is responsible for complying with the Code of Conduct, and it is the responsibility of every business unit and the management on all levels to communicate the principles to the people they supervise and to monitor compliance with the code. New employees become familiarized with the Code of Conduct as an essential part of the Kemira induction process.

To reach the sustainability target of providing Code of Conduct training to all of its employees, and to ensure that the new Code of Conduct has been understood by all employees, Kemira will arrange follow-up training through an e-learning program during 2013. The training coverage will be monitored globally.

External partner increasing open discussion and transparency

As of April 1, 2013, non-conformity with the Code of Conduct can be reported to an independent external partner. This decision was made to lower the threshold of reporting in the organization and to make the process more functional in terms of cultural conventions in different Kemira locations. The external service provider reports to Kemira Legal.

Furthermore, employees should always feel free to discuss questions regarding the Code of Conduct with their line management. They can also contact the external service provider or Kemira Legal for further consultation should there occur concerns about the compliance with local regulations or potential conflicts between Kemira’s principles and existing or pending legislation.