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Systembolaget´s Code of Conduct

All suppliers are bound by our Code of Conduct. It is a part of the contract between Systembolaget and its suppliers. The Code of Conduct and the associated monitoring system were developed by BSCI (the Business Social Compliance Initiative).

Systembolaget's Code of Conduct is based on e.g the following international agreements regarding working conditions and human rights: 

  • The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The UN's Conventions on the Rights of the Child and on the abolition of all types of discrimination against women
  • The ILO's (International Labour Organization) conventions on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • The UN's Global Compact
  • The OECD's guidelines for multinational companies.

Our suppliers must apply the Code of Conduct in the whole of their supply chain – for the producers and if any their sub-contracted suppliers of e.g grapes. Often among growers the risk of deviations is the greatest.

We audit our suppliers' producers and growers to ensure compliance with our Code of Conduct.

During 2016 we will conduct approximately 100 audits, focusing on certain identified risk countries.

If an operator is not approved, it must draw up an action plan and remedy any deviations. A follow-up audit is carried out after an agreed period of time, usually one year. If sufficient improvements have not been made, we may decide to no longer buy beverages from that supplier.

The consistent aim of the Code of Conduct and of the audits is to ensure good and safe working conditions and to enable a continuous dialogue concerning these important issues.