Ethical business behaviour
High business ethics and well-defined principles are fundamental for our ability to establish long-term business relationships and be a credible counterpart to all of our stakeholders. We believe upholding high standards of conduct is essential for our continued success, and the key to building the trust and confidence of our employees, customers, subcontractors and other stakeholders.
Ethics and Compliance Committee
In 2017, Arjo created an Ethics & Compliance Committee, the purpose of which is to set the strategic direction of the company’s work within business ethics and compliance. The role of the Committee, which acts on behalf of the Management Team, is to ensure the organization follows the set ethical guidelines and follow-up internal initiatives in this area. The Committee further has an advisory role to support employees’ in any queries.
Code of conduct
Since 2017, Arjo has established new structures within sustainability, with a distinct ownership of daily tasks and operations.
Arjo’s Code of Conduct provides a basis for all the Group’s operations and applies to all employees without exception. The Code covers laws, regulations, human rights, environment, health and safety, and ethics, aiming to ensure that operations are conducted in an ethical and sustainable manner.
Our Code of Conduct is based on the following international principles
- UN Global Compact
- OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies
- UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles & Rights at Work
View our code of conduct (download link)
Training and development
Compliance and ethics play an important role in the healthcare industry, and our employees play a critical role in ensuring we meet the overall requirements in these areas. We have therefore created programs for the training and development of all our employees globally in these areas, and specifically focused on our Code of Conduct. This is a work in progress that started in 2017, and will continue into the future.
Arjo has zero tolerance for all types of fraud, bribery or other types of action that create wrongful advantages and contravene our policies, local laws and regulations, industry standards and ethics codes in the countries where the Group operates. Our anti-corruption policy has been prepared to combat corruption and the Group’s employees and business partners are expected to comply with it.
View our Anti-Corruption Policy
We stress the importance of identifying suspicions of any wrongdoing at an early stage. Employees are encouraged to inform of any situations where there is evidence or suspicion of corruption or other ethically unacceptable actions via an anonymous system.
Submit a request to view our Whistleblowing Policy
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Arjo protects privacy when processing personal data. To meet the requirements of EU GDPR, Arjo carried out a number of activities during 2018 under the framework of a global GDPR program, including defining internal processes regarding personal data processing and employee trainings. Arjo’s Ethics & Compliance Committee monitors this area regularly.