As a truly global company, we are active in over 180 countries, we work hard to uphold the same standards of ethics and conduct wherever we do business.
Many countries struggle with corruption, labor issues and human rights abuses. Environmental standards and legal frameworks also vary widely from one country to another. These issues may arise for a number of reasons, such as the quality of infrastructure, legislation or business practices. This risk is even higher in conflict zones, where there is little or no rule of law.
We continually strengthen our business practices in these markets through dialogue aimed at understanding and reducing the risks involved. We believe that we can have a positive impact. Together with our partners and other stakeholders, we monitor developments and look for ways to improve the situation.
Responsible sourcing of minerals is essential to us. Although the Group does not procure directly from smelters/refineries, some parts of the supply chain do. To ensure responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, we have a comprehensive program to investigate the possible use of all conflict minerals included in components used in our products. Cobalt was added to the program in 2020, and data collection and due diligence using Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) guidelines and Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) will be done in 2021.
We are not in the scope of Dodd-Frank Act and EU regulation 2017/821, but based on concerns of violations of human rights including forced labor, human trafficking and child labor, and to support our customers’ obligation to these two Acts, the Group has measures in place to detect and prevent the use of conflict minerals in its supply chain.
As a member of the RMI, we adhere to its guidelines by encouraging suppliers to source from smelters verified by a third party such as RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). We also commit to transparency by providing reporting templates to customers about smelters in the supply chain and collaborating with stakeholders.
We require our direct suppliers to commit to responsible sourcing of all minerals included in the parts and products they sell to us. This commitment is exercised through minerals data collection and due diligence, implemented every year. Moreover, all our significant suppliers must sign the Code of Conduct that contains an article on responsible sourcing requirements.
We follow laws and regulations as applicable to us. Additionally, the Atlas Copco Group has made the following principle decisions as listed below.
Since the beginning of March 2022, we have paused all new orders for equipment to Russia except equipment that is used for humanitarian purposes, such as hospitals. We have performed certain services in cases where customers have not been subject to sanctions.
We have decided to restrict business in Myanmar. The restriction does not include equipment for humanitarian purposes such as hospitals or Covid-19 clinics nor spare parts and service for previously sold equipment, all subject to being allowed under applicable sanctions.
We have banned sales to and have no operational sites or employees in Iran. Previous to May 2018, certain limited sales were made in accordance with international agreements and sanctions.
We have no operational sites or employees in Cuba and conduct limited indirect sales there via its non-U.S. entities.
We have banned sales to and have no operational sites or employees in DPRK.
We have banned sales to and have no operational sites or employees in Syria.