Human rights and supply chain

Human rights and supply chain

Fortum follows and respects internationally recognised human rights that are included in key human rights treaties. Our 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.

We respect internationally recognised human rights

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are taken into account in our own operations, land and supplier risk evaluation and in supply chain management.

A human rights impact assessment is part of our investment project planning.

We also support employees’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. All forms of child and forced labour are strictly prohibited and in violation of our Codes of Conduct.

We promote sustainability together

Our goal is to actively reduce the environmental impacts of our supply chain and to improve both financial and social wellbeing. We expect our business partners to act responsibly and to comply with the requirements set forth in our Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct. We assess the performance of our business partners with supplier qualification and supplier audits.

Our Supplier Code of Conduct includes the basic principles of conduct that everyone must follow. Our Code of Conduct is based on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact which is divided into four sections: business principles, human rights, labour standards  and 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 and remuneration.

Sustainable fuel purchasing


We use in our power, heat and steam production several fuels, like natural gas, coal and lignite, nuclear fuel or uranium, biomass and waste fuel. The most significant fuel used in our power production is natural gas.

The most significant environmental impacts of our supply chain are related mainly to fuels, particularly to coal, natural gas, and biomasses. In fuel purchasing, special attention is paid to the origin of the fuel and to responsible production. 

Coal procurement at Fortum and Uniper

Our Code of Conduct

Our Supplier Code of Conduct