Fortum supports and respects internationally recognised human rights, which are included in the key human rights agreements. Our own operations have a direct or indirect impact on the realisation of the human rights of our own personnel, those working in the supply chain, and members of local communities.
Management of human rights issues
Our goal is to operate in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and to apply these principles in our own operations as well as in country and partner risk assessments and supplier audits.
Fortum’s Corporate Sustainability unit is responsible for coordinating and developing sustainability, including human rights issues, at the Group level.
Assessment of human rights impacts
A sustainability assessment is carried out for our investment projects and takes into consideration the environmental, occupational health and safety, and social impacts of the project. The sustainability assessment includes a human rights evaluation, especially in new operating areas. A human rights assessment is also part of the systematic assessment of country and counterparty risks when planning a project.
The process has two parts: a light and a deep assessment. A light assessment is done for all new countries in where our business unit is planning the sales of operation and maintenance services, for example, and it is based on publicly available sources. In 2016, 28 of these assessments were made. Deep assessments were not done during the year.
Fortum’s supplier audits cover the most important human rights aspects related to purchases. The supplier audits conducted in 2016 and their results are described in more detail in our Sustainability Report.
Internal reporting channels used for reporting any suspected misconduct relating to the labour practices or human rights violations are instructed in Fortum's Code of Conduct.In addition to internal reporting channels, Fortum has an external “Raise a concern” channel which is available to all stakeholders.
In 2016, there were no grievances related to human rights, labour rights or discrimination filed through formal grievance channels, nor were there any grievances carried over from the previous year.