Our Ethical Responsibility
Through ethics, Samskip protects its employees' and partners' interests, as well as its own. There is no place at Samskip for immoral and dangerous behaviour that jeopardises the proper conduct of business. Samskip has many people and assets under its responsibility, so strengthening our risk management and spreading our values for ethical conduct is vital.
The Management Board and the Extended Executive Committee govern the business of Samskip and ensure integrity and ethics in all operations. Employees are expected to respect their colleagues and Samskip's partners and to apply Samskip's values in their daily work. Samskip’s policies and procedures cover corruption, conflicts of interests, fraud, and theft.
However, words are not enough, and it was essential for us to understand the risks associated with our activities and put a risk management system in place. All the while, internal and external transparency remains a top priority.
This risk management system is based on a due diligence process that Samskip can rely on to ensure that the parties involved in its activities align with its ethical standard.
The due diligence process allows for gathering information on partners, especially suppliers, which is then integrated into risk management. Thus, Samskip can adapt to the risk uncovered and set up stricter monitoring mechanisms.
This mechanism includes:
- Frequent assessments of the risks associated with our partners.
- The CSR questionnaire which includes business ethics related questions. The questions are designed to create an overview of the systems suppliers have in place. The top 25 suppliers, representing 50% of Samskip spending, have received and completed the questionnaire so far.
Samskip implements best practices to strengthen this system as defined by international standards, such as ISO37001:
Regular verification of the use of internal procedures. internal audits are conducted every year to ensure the optimal use of the system by employees.
- Externally conducted financial auditing to provide reassurance on Samskip’s bookkeeping. Each entity of Samskip conducts at least one external financial audit every year.
- Regular training of employees on the Code of Conduct and the existing processes. For instance, Samskip makes sure that 100% of employees are aware of the Gift and Entertainment policy, including governance body members. Trainings are also available online, and 25 people were trained in Business Ethics on our Samskip Academy.
Samskip's Code of Conduct is used to communicate our values to our employees. Working for the company means fully integrating high ethical standards into behaviour at work. In 2022, we fully implemented the Code of Conduct in our contracts so that all new employees read the code and agree to its terms.
The DNA of Samskip is embedded into the code, which stipulates that employees must:
Obey all relevant laws within their operating region.
Treat others fairly, with dignity, and with respect.
Avoid any cases of corruption and bribery.
Prepare all records of financial transactions accurately and with integrity.
Report financial conditions and results of operations honestly and promptly.
Deal honestly and fairly with customers, business partners, and suppliers.
Avoid actual and potential conflicts of interest.
Respect and adequately manage our data and information and our stakeholders.
Being a large company, it is important to ensure that our employees can work together to prevent the potential legal and professional repercussions of misconduct. Therefore, Samskip fully implemented and communicated its new whistleblowing procedure in 2022, allowing employees to report their concerns anonymously.
Samskip expects employees to report any legal, ethical or safety concerns directly to management or through our whistleblowing procedure. Samskip will not tolerate any retaliation against employees reporting their concerns. We commit to investigating all cases raised and to taking the appropriate measures.
The whistleblowing procedure includes a remediation procedure to reassure all parties involved that actions are taken to mitigate the risks associated with the case.
Understanding Samskip's values and integrating its DNA will translate into the appropriate morale, attitude, and behaviour at work is an essential part of employees' onboarding. The newly hired staff goes through a series of courses covering various business ethics topics, to ensure all employees have a share understanding and commitment to high ethical conduct. At Samskip, we want to maintain a reputation that our customers and clients can rely upon.