The Bagger-Sørensen Group and its affiliates and subsidiaries (“BS & Co.”) continuously works and strives to meet ethical, social, and environmental responsibilities with respect to our employees, services and products (the “Business”).
The purpose of this Code of Conduct of BS & Co. (the “Code”) is to ensure that our employees will act in accordance with local rules and regulations and internationally recognized minimum standards on labor rights, health, and safety as well as environmental standards. The management team at BS & Co. adheres to the principles of this Code and expects the same of our employees.
The aim of the Code is to increase the focus on anti-corruption and ethics in general, also securing that we act in accordance with our core values about decency.
The scope of the BS & Co. Code is all employees, who are responsible for drawing up contracts or might have contact with external stakeholders, who do paid or unpaid work for BS & Co.
BS & Co. expects all employees to promote the values and standards established by the Code. These very same expectations are also applied towards BS & Co.’s partners such as external consultants, partners, customers, suppliers, vendors or other entities (“Business Partners”) acting on behalf of BS & Co.
In our Business, it is important not to participate in, or benefit from, any form of forced labor, including bonded labor, forced prison labor, slavery, servitude, or human trafficking. Workers must have the freedom of movement during their employment.
In our Business, we do not engage in, or benefit from, the use of child labor. The minimum age for employment shall not be less than the age of completion of compulsory schooling and, in any case, shall not be less than 16 years in office areas, and not less than 18 years in production areas. The work must be simple tasks of a limited nature and not interfere with the children’s educational responsibilities and general well-being. Apprenticeship programs for children below the minimum age of employment must be remunerated and clearly aimed at training.
In our Business, we do not engage in or support discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, caste, national or social origin, property, birth, union affiliation, sexual orientation, health status, family responsibilities, age, and disability or other distinguishing characteristics. Hiring, remuneration, benefits, training, advancement, discipline, termination, retirement or any other employment-related decisions shall be based on relevant and objective criteria.
In our Business, we comply with legal minimum standards. Wages are paid in legal tender and on a regular basis. Deductions from wages shall be transparent and must never be used as a disciplinary measure.
In our Business, all workers are provided with a written, understandable, and legally binding labor contract or such other documentation of labor relationship as may be required by local legal standards and regulations.
In our Business, employees are granted sick leave and maternity leave in relation to the local legal standards.
In our Business, we ensure that our workers are offered a safe and healthy working environment, which meets the local legal standard. All employees are provided with the protective equipment and training necessary to perform their tasks safely.
In our Business, we strive to protect workers from acts of physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological harassment, abuse, or threats in the workplace, whether committed by managers or fellow workers, including when determining and implementing disciplinary measures.
In our Business, all employees shall refrain from receiving or using bribing as a method to obtain benefits or unjustly influence other parties.
In our Business, we strive to minimize the adverse environmental impacts of its activities, products and services through a proactive approach and responsible management of its environmental aspects (including, but not limited to):
Local legal standards in relation to environmental issues must be met.
BS & Co. seeks to work with only qualified and reputable Business Partners respecting applicable laws, regulations and industry codes relating to generally accepted ethical standards for the protection of human rights, prohibition of child or forced labor and human trafficking and prohibition of corruption and bribery as set out in the UN Global Compact principles. To ensure this, Business Partners engaging with BS & Co. undergo regular and relevant screenings before entering into and during a business relationship. Business engagements in risk of potentially not meeting BS & Co.’s values and standards will be evaluated, and if deemed continuously non-compliant, will be terminated. We are all responsible for holding our Business Partners accountable, and employees are encouraged to collaborate with only reliable and ethically sound Business Partners.
Employees must report any Business Partner related concerns to their manager, the relevant CSR committee or via our whistleblower scheme.