Human rights and responsible value chain

Our suppliers, subcontractors, agents and distributors all have a crucial role to play in safeguarding our commitment to live by the highest ethical standards.

Human rights

Atlas Copco is committed to respect and support all internationally recognized human rights and to avoid complicity in human rights abuses. We work with human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption as stated in the UN Global Compact and protect, respect and provide access to remedy with regards to human rights as proposed in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Atlas Copco’s central guiding policy is the Business Code of Practice, which supports the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights, the The International Labour Organization Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as well as the The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Economic growth

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

Community engagement and charity

Voluntary donations made through our employee-led initiative Water for All (matched two times by Atlas Copco) have so far provided access to clean drinking water to more than 2 million people worldwide. Our Community Engagement and Charity Policy also encourages our subsidiaries to provide material and financial support in the event of natural and humanitarian disasters.

Responsible value chain

We continuously work with our value chain to protect the business from risks, promote high ethical standards and minimize negative impacts from our operations. We only cooperate with business partners who share our high standards of quality, business ethics and resource efficiency. We evaluate our partners according to social and environment aspects and through on-site audits.

Significant business partners must commit to follow the Atlas Copco Business Code of Practice by signing our Atlas Copco Business partner criteria. Both documents are available in English or other languages.

How to comply with Atlas Copco's Prohibited and Declarable lists

Atlas Copco maintains lists of substances that are either prohibited or restricted due to their potential negative impact on health or the environment. Compliance with these lists is part of the Business Partner Criteria for evaluating business partners.

Substances of concern (SoC) are substances that may pose a risk to human health or the environment. To ensure Atlas Copco products and processes meets legal and customer requirements, and that exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials is minimized some SoC’s are limited to use in Atlas Copco products and processes.

Distinction is made between Prohibited, Phase-out and Declarable substances:

Compliance with Atlas Copco Prohibited list and correct declaration of Declarable substances is part of the Business Partner Criteria.


Business partners shall check for compliance using the lists (lined below) and take following actions

  Prohibited substances Phase-out substances Declarable substances


All substances in the Prohibited list and Declarable list are also contained in an extended list with different filters to make compliance easier for suppliers.

We expect our suppliers to adhere to these lists, as well as to any applicable national legislation.

Water for All - Clean water as a human right

Learn on Atlas Copco Group’s key community engagement project