Strong business integrity and ethical conduct is essential to become a world leader and preferred provider of sustainably produced salmon.
We have zero tolerance for bullying, unwanted sexual attention and harassment.
We expect all employees to follow our Code of Business Conduct.
We expect our suppliers to follow our Supplier Code of Conduct.
We aim to be recognized by our stakeholders as a dependable, reliable, and competent partner.
Always show respect for individuals as individuals and do not treat people as members of a class (race, ethnicity, national or other origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, or any other characteristic).
Base employment decisions on job qualifications (e.g. education, prior experience) and merit. Positive discrimination is tolerated in order to achieve equality and diversity.
Provide a work environment free from harassment and bullying.
Consult with higher-level management, if a conflict arises between these provisions and the laws, customs or practices of a particular area.
CARE FOR PEOPLE - FAIR EMPLOYMENT
All activities shall be conducted with respect for individuals as individuals and without discrimination. We do not tolerate any form of forced labor and are committed to the abolition of child labor.
All our employees have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Sexual harassment in the workplace will not be permitted or accepted. Sexual harassment may include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct, but may appear in other forms as well.
Definition of sexual harassment
Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature.The unwanted nature of sexual harassment distinguishes it from behavior that is welcome and mutual.
HOW WE WORK TO IMPROVE
- We implemented new online ethical guidelines in 2018. All our employees are required to complete our Code of Business Conduct program, ensuring that they are familiar with our ethical standards, applicable laws, and regulations.
- Our Code of Business Conduct and the culture we have built start from the top - with our Board of Directors and our owners. We have built a culture of zero tolerance for bullying, unwanted sexual attention, and harassment which we are proud of, and we aim to keep it this way.
- We comply with internal and external requirements for integrity and ethical business practices. We maintain our whistleblower procedure through an external service provider, EY. Our whistleblower channel is available to all employees at the Workplace and through our intranet.
- We have implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct. We will not work or do business with anyone that does not comply to a complete set of employee rights in accordance with international and national conventions. Decent work is a prerequisite for sustainable development, and we work systematically to avoid social dumping associated with our production, including our partners.
- We define the requirements and conditions for our suppliers and partners to ensure that all hired personnel receive proper training, competitive wages, and good working conditions as if they were employed in Grieg Seafood.
- We pay special attention to the regulations pertaining to our industry in addition to anti-corruption regulations, competition law, and workers’ rights, as we believe these areas are of critical importance to our operations.
- Integrity is hard to develop, which is why we have worked close with our employees to create a common understating of what it means for us. With integrity, we do not just mean compliance with laws and regulations, but also a continuous awareness of the effect of our strategies, activities, and results on our surroundings and stakeholders.
- We strive to maintain good dialogue both internally and externally to ensure that our choices and decisions are well-founded and understood by all our employees and other stakeholders.
- We lead by example. Group members and local management are encouraged not to take on ownership or board positions in companies that Grieg Seafood has commercial relations or competes with. All relations that may involve conflict of interest are reported to ensure that business decisions are made by impartial staff members.
EMPLOYEES WHO HAS COMPLETED OUR CODE OF CONDUCT PROGRAM
INCIDENT OF NON-COMPLIANCE
NO FINES PAID DURING THE YEAR
NON-COMPLIANCE: In January 2018, Ocean Quality AS was suspended from exporting Norwegian salmon to China because incorrect shipment documentation had been provided to the Norwegian Food Safety Authorities. Individuals in Ocean Quality had violated internal guidelines and deliberately re-used earlier declarations. A complete review of internal routines was performed, new routines put in place and two employees had to leave their positions. The suspension from the Chinese market was lifted in October 2018.
FINES PAID: Salmon farming is a highly regulated industry and all companies must act in accordance with local laws and regulations. During 2018, Grieg Seafood has no cases of non-compliances resulting in fines.