We use sound business practices and actively focus on business ethics with our employees, and require our suppliers and sub-contractors to do the same. Our business ethics policy is also our code of conduct, and it applies to all of the company’s employees and temporary employees.
We have a whistleblower function
We have had a whistleblower function in place for several years, which allows employees and contractors to report suspicions of corruption or other offences anonymously. We utilise the services of an external supplier as a means to guarantee anonymity.
Business ethics in the supply chain
We play an active role throughout the entire value chain — from acquiring land at an early stage of the areas’ urban planning to conducting a sustainable process through development, construction, management, and at the final stage, demolition and recycling. Our suppliers are seen as an extension of our own operations. The goods and services that we purchase must be produced with care for people and the environment. Our supplier policy is our Supplier Code of Conduct. It is based on the Swedish Property Federation’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which sets out the minimum requirements that we impose on the entire supply chain. It covers issues surrounding business ethics, the environment, work environment, working conditions and human rights. Read more in our supplier policy.
We pay tax in Sweden, which comprises current tax, property tax, non-deductible VAT, stamp duty, social security payments and special payroll tax. Our tax policy states that we are to be a reliable, long-term and responsible member of society that consistently complies with laws and regulations and that balances shareholder interests with public interests. Taxes must be checked, reported and paid correctly. We undertake not to conduct aggressive tax planning. Aggressive tax planning relates to transactions that are not for commercial reasons, but only aim to reduce tax. The tax policy is available at al.se.