Ethics and compliance
At Huhtamaki, we aim to uphold the highest standards of ethics and compliance by staying true to our values – Care Dare Deliver. We promote a culture where our employees as well as our business partners are encouraged to do the right thing and to raise concerns when they suspect any instances of unethical behavior or non-compliance. We see our ethics and compliance work as an important part of Huhtamaki’s sustainability agenda. It is a key aspect of our efforts to counter the negative impacts of corruption and other unethical business practices on people, societies and the environment.
Huhtamaki’s Global Ethics and Compliance program supports Huhtamaki in conducting its business in compliance with laws and regulations as well as our own ethical standards and sustainability commitments wherever we operate while aiming at ensuring that we have adequate procedures in place to prevent Huhtamaki from participating in unethical business activities.
You can find more information about Huhtamaki Global Ethics & Compliance Program areas below:
Preventing negative impacts of corruption
As a global corporation, we are committed to complying with all applicable local and international anti-corruption laws. At Huhtamaki, all forms of corruption and bribery are strictly prohibited, irrespective of the location of our operations.
The Huhtamaki Anti-Corruption Program ensures that we are taking needed steps to mitigate and manage corruption risks in our operations and across our value chain. Anchored by the Huhtamaki Anti-Corruption Policy, it includes related instructions and procedures that support our business and educate Huhtamaki employees so they can make informed decisions when interacting with business partners. This includes:
- Definitions of different forms of corruption
- Guidance and procedures for disclosing and managing actual and potential conflicts of interest
- Rules for offering and accepting gifts and hospitality
- Rules for contributions, charitable donations and sponsorships
- Rules on how to act in high-risk situations where due care is required such as when interacting with government officials, when dealing with third parties or when planning mergers and acquisitions
- Roles and responsibilities for management and accountability of anti-corruption matters at Huhtamaki
- Contact information for questions or concerns related to corruption
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Focusing on sanctions risks
Due to the global nature of our business, we are committed to following all national and international sanctions and export control regulations applicable to us.
The Huhtamaki Trade Sanctions Compliance Program is guided by our Huhtamaki Trade Sanctions Compliance Policy. The policy and related procedures support our business and educate Huhtamaki employees by setting out:
- Huhtamaki’s trade sanctions compliance principles
- Sanctions screening procedures to all Huhtamaki entities that engage in exports/imports that pose sanction risks
- Roles and responsibilities for management and accountability of trade sanctions compliance matters at Huhtamaki
- Contact information for questions or concerns related to trade sanctions or export controls
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As part of our business, we collect, store, transfer, and otherwise process several types of personal data concerning different data subjects such as our employees or Huhtamaki business partner representatives. Any processing of such data is governed by data protection laws and regulations. At Huhtamaki, we comply with applicable data privacy laws to keep the personal data we process safe.
- Explaining data protection principles applicable to any processing of personal data
- Providing rules to assess risks associated with different data processing activities
- Defining the rights of data subjects
- Providing a process for personal data breaches
- Giving contact information for questions or concerns related to data privacy
Competing fairly in all our markets
Competition benefits businesses, customers and the economy, and therefore we compete fairly and honestly. At Huhtamaki, any activities that could distort free competition are prohibited. We strictly comply with antitrust laws and competition regulations.
The Huhtamaki Competition Compliance Program is guided by our Huhtamaki Competition Compliance Policy. The policy supports our business and educates Huhtamaki employees by:
- Explaining different forms of anti-competitive practices
- Providing practical rules to ensure fair competition across Huhtamaki’s value chain
- Offering best practices for risky situations, such as when participating in industry or trade association meetings or when interacting with competitors
- Setting accountability and defining roles and responsibilities for management of competition compliance matters at Huhtamaki
- Giving contact information for questions or concerns related to anti-trust and competition compliance
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Discussing matters before they become issues
In accordance with Huhtamaki’s values, we promote a culture of open discussion where we encourage everyone to voice their concerns, provide their feedback, ask questions, and make suggestions without fear of harm or retaliation. We aim to discuss matters – including difficult ones – before they become issues.
Huhtamaki maintains multiple channels for voicing concerns. In cases of suspected misconduct, unethical behavior or observed violations of the Huhtamaki Code of Conduct or other Huhtamaki policies, laws and regulations, employees can report to their manager, over manager, legal counsel, Human Resources representative, or the Global Ethics & Compliance team directly.
In cases where direct reporting is not possible or preferred, suspected violations can be reported through the Huhtamaki Speak Up Channel.
Our Speak Up channel is available to all Huhtamaki employees, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. Additionally, in some countries, reports can be submitted via local reporting channels. Reporting can be made anonymously when permitted by the local legislation.
Retaliation or any negative actions against an individual reporting a suspected violation in good faith is explicitly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.