Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is a summary of the most important rules and principles that guide our business decisions and behavior.

Our Business Principles

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All over the globe, our employees represent Trelleborg as a “world leader in engineered polymer solutions.” One of the strong foundations of this world leadership is that we must act responsibly and create added value for our stakeholders without compromising the high standards we have set ourselves.

Trelleborg’s Code of Conduct reflects that we support and operate our business in accordance with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the general concepts expressed in the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
These rules and principles need to be clearly understood by everyone in the organization, regardless of position, and they are valid in all markets and at all times.

Trelleborg encourages suppliers, sales agents, consultants and other business partners to adopt the UN Global Compact principles as well as those in our Code of Conduct.

The current Code of Conduct has been approved in January 2019.

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Hans Biörck, Chairman of the Board

Peter Nilsson, President and CEO

How to apply the code

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How to apply the code

The Code of Conduct emphasizes and summarizes existing Trelleborg Group policies and directives and should be applied as a support tool laying down the basic rules and principles on which day-to-day work is based.

It is the duty of Trelleborg managers to include Code of Conduct in employee training. Every new employee should be given the opportunity to read and discuss the Code. Trelleborg regularly conducts training, in e-learning format as well as in classic classroom format, and provides information to support the Code of Conduct.

Our Whistleblower system

The Group’s Whistleblower system shall be used when there is reason to suspect that laws, human rights or the Code of Conduct are being violated. Possible such violations include corruption, fraud or harassment.

Every employee in the Group should, without fear of reprisal from anyone, use the Whistleblower system to inform our Senior Vice President General Counsel and Senior Vice President Human Resources of any such improper activity.

Statement about forced labor, human trafficking and child labor 2020 

Trelleborg believes that conducting business with transparency and responsibility is critical to maintain trust and credibility with our key stakeholders: customers, suppliers, employees and investors/shareholders. In the Statement about forced labor, human trafficking and child labor 2020, signed by CEO Peter Nilsson, we describe how Trelleborg manages the issues of forced labor, human trafficking and child labor, throughout its operations and supply chain, in line with the UK Modern Slavery Act (covering Trelleborg Sealing Solutions UK Ltd, Trelleborg Offshore UK Ltd, and Trelleborg Industrial Products UK Ltd.), the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the prevailing US standard) and activities prohibited by the US Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.222-50(b). This statement is for the year ending 31 December 2019. Year-to-year performance in this area will continue to be described in our Annual Report and in our Sustainability Report following the end of our financial year on 31 December.

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Download our Code of Conduct to read more about how we work with our focus areas Compliance, Resources, Diversity and Social Engagement.