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Systembolaget’s code of conduct

Our code of conduct is the basis for social responsibility prevailing in the production of the beverages sold at Systembolaget. The code demands that the manufacturing adheres to conventions of human rights and that decent working conditions exist.

All companies supplying beverages to Systembolaget are bound to follow Systembolaget’s code of conduct.

They also have the responsibility to make sure that their subcontractors – producers and producer’s subcontractors, for example growers of grapes or grains – follow the code of conduct.

This ensures that the code of conduct applies to everyone involved in producing the beverages that are sold at Systembolaget. Systembolaget sets the demands and performs follow-up, while other companies in the beverage industry ensure that the code is followed.

The code of conduct makes demands in 11 areas

  • Freedom to form unions and collective bargaining
  • No discrimination
  • Pay
  • Working hours
  • Health and safety
  • No child-labour
  • Protection for young workers
  • Employment security
  • No forced labour
  • Environmental protection
  • Business ethics

The code of conduct is developed by the Business Social Compliance Initiative, BSCI. BSCI is a global, non-profit organization working for social responsibility within a number of industries, from raw material to finished product. Systembolaget is a member of BSCI.

The code of conduct is based on the declaration of human rights made by the UN and other international bodies. Other Nordic alcohol monopolies use the same code of conduct.

Compliance with the code is followed up by independent on-site audit at producers and farms.