Sund & Bælt has been aligned with the UN Global Compact– the world’s largest voluntary initiative for Corporate Social Responsibility – since 2009. The principles of CSR are divided into four themes: human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. These are general principles that every company can incorporate into their business strategy when working with CSR.
At Sund & Bælt we recognise the importance of our responsibility to promote sustainable development. We work systematically to meet the requirements of the Global Compact, which include respect for universally recognised standards for the environment, human rights and anti-corruption.
We expect our suppliers to also recognise their social and environmental responsibilities in order that we can meet our goal of responsible procurement of goods and services. We have therefore prepared a Code of Conduct, which contains the guidelines with which our suppliers should comply.
“Suppliers” in this case means all of Sund & Bælt’s suppliers of goods and services as well as contractors and their suppliers.
It has always been part of Sund & Bælt’s culture to conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner, which includes fighting against all forms of corruption, extortion and bribery. Sund & Bælt complies with Danish and international requirements applying to the tender process, which ensures a high degree of transparency. The tender processes include an appeals body that enables bidders to submit complaints to an independent entity.
Sund & Bælt sometimes operates in a political environment. It is therefore important that negotiations and co-operation activities are carried out with the utmost transparency and that there is no dispute concerning the professional approach to the tendered tasks and partnerships of different types.
Sund & Bælt’s whistleblower system creates transparency and is consistent with our focus on corporate governance. It makes it possible to report significant instances of financial crimes, such as embezzlement, bribery, fraud and forgery or breach of safety at work, environmental rules and environmental pollution as well as physical violence and sexual abuse.
Our online whistleblower system register all reports on an external portal by all employees, board members and third parties such as suppliers, consultants and others related to Sund & Bælt.