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 respecting and supporting all internationally recognized human rights and to avoiding complicity in human rights abuses. We work to safeguard human rights and the environment and have a zero tolerance for corruption. We support 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 our 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 strive to be a good corporate citizen, promoting economic development in local communities through the payment of taxes, pension and social security contributions. See our Annual Report for more information about economic growth and taxes.

Community engagement and charity

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.

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 business 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.

We recommend our business partners to take advantage of our e-learning, the Business Code of Practice Training for Business Partners. Below you can access the e-learning in various language versions. Please, use Chrome to access the training. Modify your browser settings. In Popups, click 'allow', and in Flash, click 'ask first'.

Business Code of Practice Training for Business Partners 
English Italian Portuguese             
Spanish (Europe) Japanese Russian
Spanish (Latin America) Korean Chinese
French Dutch/Flemish  
Atlas Copco Calendar 2014 - Service - May

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 our business partner criteria for evaluating business partners. Substances of concern are substances that may pose a risk to human health or the environment. To ensure Atlas Copco products and processes meet legal and customer requirements, and that exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials is minimized, substances of concern are controlled through our Atlas Copco Prohibited and Declarable list. We make sure that our suppliers live up to our high standards via our dedicated  Supplier Quality Assurance teams.

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

  • Prohibited substances must not be included unless clearly exempted in the Prohibited and Declarable list.
  • Phase-out substances will soon be included in the Prohibited list and must be phased out.
  • Declarable substances must be reported. Avoiding all substances on the Atlas Copco Prohibited list and correctly informing about all Declarable substances is part of compliance with the business partner compliance criteria.


  • Products sold by Atlas Copco
  • Items delivered to Atlas Copco by any business partners such as suppliers, contractors, and subcontractors
  • Production processes outsourced by Atlas Copco

Business partners must check their own compliance using the lists (linked below) and take the following actions:

  Prohibited substances Phase-out substances Declarable substances


  • Full excel list with all substances having a compliance obligation
  • For practical reasons short lists are available - Prohibited list - Declarable list - Phase-out list is shown as Annex 2 in both Prohibited and Declarable lists

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.

Since 1984 Water for All supports projects that give people in need access to clean drinking water

Water for All - Clean water is a human right

Learn about Atlas Copco’s key community engagement project