Holmen has been affiliated to the UN Global Compact for several years.
As such, the Group has taken a clear stance on issues related to human rights, social conditions, responsibility for the environment and the right to establish trade unions.

Holmen has been affiliated to the UN Global Compact since 2007, and to its corresponding Nordic network. The Group therefore supports the 10 principles listed below.

The UN Global Compact, the eight fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the OECD's guidelines for multinational companies form the basis for Holmen's Code of Conduct. The code, which has been signed by the Group's CEO, provides guidance on day-to-day operations and clarifies what expectations are made of Holmen's employees. The 10 principles of the Global Compact are covered by the principles incorporated in the Holmen Code of Conduct. All employees have received training in the code.

As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Holmen has undertaken to uphold and respect human rights in its sphere of influence. Since suppliers fall within this circle, it is important to set clear requirements for them on the issue of human rights. The Supplier Code of Conduct covers all the areas touched upon by the Global Compact.


Holmen reports annually on sustainability work performed with regard to the Global Compact in accordance with a COP report (Communication on Progress).

The 10 principles of the UN Global Compact

Human rights

1. Support and respect protection of internationally proclaimed human rights in the sphere that the company is able to influence.
2. Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. Uphold the freedom of association and recognise the right to collective bargaining.
4. Eliminate all forms of forced labour.
5. Eliminate child labour.
6. Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


7. Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
8. Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
9. Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


10. Combat all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.



Holmen has production in Sweden and in the UK, where these matters are regulated by EU legislation. The Supplier Code of Conduct is included in all new supply contracts. The code increases the focus on human rights and working conditions among suppliers, with a view to ensuring good conditions for everyone who works in Holmen's value chain. Since 2017, Holmen has used an external partner, EcoVadis, to follow up supplier compliance with the code in the areas of human rights, health and safety, the environment, business ethics and purchasing. The evaluation is tailored to the size of the supplier in terms of turnover and number of employees, and the supplier's exposure to risk in terms of its geographical presence.

3. EU legislation regulates the issue of freedom of association in union co-operation agreements.

6. Holmen applies the EU's anti-discrimination laws, and regularly surveys whether any form of discrimination occurs. A policy of zero tolerance is followed.

7. Holmen's operations require environmental permits from authorities, and the requirement for a precautionary approach is therefore met.

8. EU legislation is the cornerstone for the environmental conditions set by authorities and these are regularly reviewed. Certified environmental management systems are applied at the mills and in the forestry operations. The forestry operations are also managed in accordance with the standards issued by PEFCTM and FSC® (FSC-ID). Energy management systems are in use at all the sites. Certified management systems (OHSAS 18001) for health and safety issues will be in place at all plants in the first half of 2018.

9. Environmental activities and technical development in the environmental area are mainly carried out internally but also together with other companies in the industry. The results are usually published. Holmen is open to exchanging experience about environmental issues.

10. Holmen's Business ethics policy draws attention to the stringency of legislation on these issues. The policy makes it clear that employees must carefully consider the meaning and purpose of any favours/benefits offered in their contacts with customers and suppliers.

For detailed descriptions of Holmen's work on the 10 principles, see primarily the sections The sustainable work, Collaboration with stakeholders, Employees and Environment. 

Human rights

Global compact 

The global Compact is based on:

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) draws up principles and standards that governments apply to multinational enterprises so that they engage in business on a responsible basis.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

The Rio Declaration on the Environment and Development.

Source: www.unglobalcompact.org 

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