Empowering local communities

Our size and global reach gives us a lot of scope to do good. We take that responsibility seriously and always act in the best interests of our local communities and the local economy.

Since 1984 Water for All supports projects that give people in need access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. It is the Atlas Copco Group’s main community engagement initiative financed by voluntary employee donations which are boosted by the company. In 2017, employees in almost 60 countries were working in established Water for All organizations or involved in starting up national chapters. All in all, since the start of the initiative, around 2 million people have received access to clean drinking water through Water for All.

Human rights

Human rights are integrated into our goals and are driven throughout our organization by the Atlas Copco Business Code of Practice. We respect all internationally recognized human rights, including freedom of association and collective bargaining and a zero tolerance of forced and child labor and a safe and healthy working environment.

Atlas Copco has sales and service operations in countries where the risk of human rights abuses is high and some production in complex markets. In line with our commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we support our employees in evaluating their processes and relationships to minimize any risks.

We expect our business partners and customers to observe the same high standards regarding human rights as we do. We also have internal controls in place to make sure that they are aware of our policies and to avoid any possible risk to our reputation.

  • Atlas Copco Human Rights Statement.pdf 174.3 kB, PDF
  • Atlas Copco Tax Policy.pdf 178.9 kB, PDF

Community engagement and charity

Voluntary donations made through our employee-led initiative Water for All (and matched by Atlas Copco) have so far resulted in clean drinking water for more than 1.5 million people. Our Community Engagement and Charity Policy also encourages our subsidiaries to provide material and financial support in the event of natural and humanitarian disasters.

Economic growth

We promote economic development in local communities through the payment of taxes, pension and social security contributions.

Read more about the topic in our Annual Reports.