The Ahlstrom Code of Conduct describes the ethical principles that underpin how we conduct business in our company. It is based on our core values - ‘Act responsibly, Create value, and Learn and renew’ - and takes into account our principles of how to manage business in a sustainable manner as well as the legislation in the countries where we operate. The Code applies to everyone in the company.
2. The Code of Conduct
These are the principles that our Code is based on:
- We comply with national and international laws and regulations
- We respect and promote human rights
- We adhere to high ethical standards in everything we do
- We respect the environment
- We are committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and fair workplace for our employees
- We are good citizens in all our communities
- We avoid conflicts of interest
- We protect Ahlstrom’s assets, both tangible and intangible, including intellectual property, confidential information, and the company name
2.1. We comply with national and international laws and regulations
We abide by all the appropriate international and national laws and regulations.
We adhere to our own internal Ahlstrom policies and procedures, and ask for guidance whenever we are unsure.
We refrain from any dealings with competitors or other firms that could be harmful to our customers’ interests.
We condemn all corrupt business practices, and refuse to take part in any act of bribery, whether of government officials or anyone else.
You can find more detail on this in our Compliance Program.
2.2. We respect and promote human rights
We treat all our people with respect, and give them all equal opportunities for personal growth and professional development, regardless of their gender, age, race, ethnicity, disabilities, nationality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliations, marital or economic status, or position within the company.
We support the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and the UN Global Compact covering human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption. This commits us to eradicate child labor and forced labor anywhere in our supply chain, and recognize our employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
2.3. We adhere to high ethical standards in everything we do
We conduct our business with the utmost professionalism and integrity, and to the most demanding moral, ethical, and legal standards.
We keep our promises, and take due care of our own employees and the people and firms we do business with.
We develop working partnerships that are fair, responsible and mutually beneficial.
We keep correct and complete internal records, and issue transparent and accurate external reports.
This is a key part of our overall ambition to achieve excellence in everything we do, and consistently deliver the best possible service to our customers.
2.4. We respect the environment
We minimize the environmental impact of our operations, source responsibly and use all our resources as efficiently as possible.
We comply with environmental legislation, and strive to exceed those demands.
We co-operate fully with any environmental inspections or monitoring, and report our environmental performance openly and honestly.
We limit our emissions to the soil, water and air to permissible levels, and reduce the environmental impact of our products over their entire lifecycle.
This is all part of our belief that we have a responsibility to manage the planet’s resources sustainably, on behalf of future generations.
2.5. We are committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and fair workplace for our employees
We take responsibility for our own safety, and our colleagues’, by following the company’s safety standards, wherever we are in the world.
We get the necessary safety training before we start a job, and intervene if others are in danger or are violating safety rules.
We adhere to all local Health & Safety regulations, and where appropriate, exceed them.
We report near-misses, and share best practice proactively across the whole company.
We encourage a healthy balance between work and personal life, and we do not tolerate any form of abuse, intimidation, or harassment at work, whether that’s physical, sexual, or psychological.
2.6. We are good citizens in all our communities
We care for our community, and act as responsible neighbors.
We respect the cultures, customs and values of local people and societies, wherever we are in the world.
We make a positive contribution to social and economic development in our local communities, and minimize any negative impacts from our operations.
We listen to local people, and take their views into account, and encourage our own employees to play an active role in their own neighborhoods.
2.7. We avoid conflicts of interest
We take care that no personal considerations or relationships influence the way we do business on behalf of Ahlstrom.
We ensure that our business travel and accommodation expenses are always paid by the company, and we do not give or accept gifts, entertainment, or hospitality beyond what would normally be considered reasonable.
We report anything that might be considered a conflict of interest in our work to our line manager.
We do not use our jobs to further our own private or financial interests.
2.8. We protect Ahlstrom’s assets, both tangible and intangible, including intellectual property, confidential information, and the company name
We only use Ahlstrom property for company business, and treat assets such as vehicles and equipment with care and respect, reporting any theft or misuse.
We maintain the physical security of our facilities and ensure all visitors are appropriately authorized.
We safeguard the company’s confidential and proprietary information, and share it with people outside the organization only when an approved confidentiality agreement is in place.
We take all sensible steps to protect our computer systems, and ensure our passwords are secure and up-to-date.
We are aware at all times that Ahlstrom’s tangible and intangible assets belong to the company, not to individuals, regardless of their position.
There’s more detail about the protection of the company’s intellectual property in the Ahlstrom’s Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines, which includes guidance on respecting the intellectual property owned by third parties.
3. How to report a concern
We want all our employees and other stakeholders to feel they can freely report any concerns they might have about possible violations of this Code. This might include, for example, suspected irregularities in accounting or financial reporting, potential conflicts of interest or illegal acts, as well as any environmental or human rights issues.
Employees can report concerns like this to their own manager, or to any other senior manager or the Human Resources or Legal department. If you wish to remain anonymous your identity will not be revealed unless it is absolutely necessary in order to carry out a proper investigation.
Messages can be sent by employees and other external stakeholders by e-mail to a dedicated and confidential mailbox, firstname.lastname@example.org. Only the VP, Legal Affairs, General Counsel has access to this email address.
The Code of Conduct is part of the Ahlstrom Compliance Program and is overseen by the VP Legal Affairs, General Counsel.