Acting responsibly for society

Fortum impacts the everyday lives of millions of people through its businesses. Our innovations and the secure supply of power and heat support the development of society and increase well-being. We want to support responsible operations in our supply chain and in society at large by respecting internationally recognised human rights, being a good corporate citizen and mitigating environmental impacts caused by our operations.

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Improving sustainability performance together

We actively strive to reduce the environmental impacts related to our supply chain and to improve economic and social well-being. We expect our business partners to act responsibly and to comply with the Fortum Code of Conduct and the Supplier Code of Conduct. Our key tools in supply chain management are country and counterparty risk assessments, supplier qualification and supplier audits.

The Supplier Code of Conduct sets the sustainability requirements for suppliers of services and goods. It is based on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact initiative and is divided into four sections: anti-corruption, human rights, labour standards and the environment.

We annually select suppliers for sustainability audits based on a risk assessment. If non-compliances are found, the supplier makes a plan for corrective actions and we monitor their implementation. The most common non-compliances identified in the audits are related to occupational safety, overtime working hours, remuneration and management of the suppliers’ own subcontractors.

Respecting internationally recognised human rights

Our goal is to operate in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and to apply these principles to our own operations as well as in country and partner risk assessments and supplier audits.

We carry out a sustainability assessment for our investment projects including a human rights evaluation, especially in new operating areas.

Fortum respects employees’ freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. All forms of child and forced labour are strictly prohibited and in violation of Fortum’s Code of Conduct.