We have a fundamental responsibility to provide decent working conditions and treat our people fairly. Our Code of Conduct and Global Labor Standard set standards for labor conditions and we have policies in place that ensure fair employment.
Our policies are consistent with international labor laws and standards. Wherever possible, we exceed the requirements of labor laws along with regulations in the countries where we operate.
Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct sets out clear standards on labor conditions. We follow the International Labor Organization (ILO) Fundamental Rights at Work wherever we operate.
Global Labor Standard
Our Global Labor Standard demands high standards of ethical conduct and is aligned with relevant ILO conventions, SA8000 and common industry code of conduct. It covers:
- Child labor avoidance
- Voluntary employment
- Freedom of association
- Humane treatment
- Working time
- Occupational health
- Occupational safety.
We support freedom of association for all our employees and the right to collective bargaining. We also recognize local works councils in relevant countries and are willing to engage with them.
We have factories in four countries – Finland, Germany, India and China. In Finland and Germany all employees are covered by country-wide collective bargaining agreements. Part of our workforce in China and India are also covered by collective bargaining agreements and there are trade unions in our factories in Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou.
A Labor Conditions Management Framework guides the implementation of our Global Labor Standard. We have integrated the standard into our global employment policies and guidelines.
We publish information on our Global Labor Standard on the intranet and provide training for human resources staff to develop a common understanding and share best practices.
Monitoring labor conditions
We monitor and assess labor conditions in our business, especially within manufacturing operations.
Each factory is required to complete a self-assessment on labor conditions using E-TASC, the web-based industry supply chain risk management tool that provides a platform to collect, manage and analyze corporate responsibility information. This is then shared with participating customers to monitor standards in the ICT chain. These self-assessments help us create an improvement plan for each of our factories so we can continue to improve labor conditions.
We have a strict policy against using child labor and our ethical and human resource policies and related processes are designed to ensure that no children are hired within our business. If we identify child labor in any of our factories, we implement a Child Labor Remediation Plan. This is in line with SA8000 recommendations.
We also monitor labor conditions among our suppliers through our audit program (see suppliers).