The Atlas Copco Business Code of Practice is our guide to doing business ethically and optimizing the social and environmental impact of our operations.
Laws, environmental standards and social conditions vary greatly in the countries where we operate. The Business Code of Practice is designed to overcome these challenges and make sure that we always act with the highest ethical standards and integrity. In cases where the Business Code of Practice is stronger than local laws and regulations, we insist on following our own policies. And we expect our business partners to do the same. The Business Code of Practice has been translated into 33 languages so that each and every one of us embodies these values in their work day in, day out.
The Business Code of Practice is based on the following international standards and guidelines:
United Nations International Bill of Human Rights The International Bill of Human Rights consists of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). The ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work The International Labor Organization has identified the following core labor standards: freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of forced and compulsory labor; the abolition of child labor; the elimination of discrimination in the workplace. The United Nations Global Compact The Global Compact is the means by which businesses worldwide can align their operations and strategies with 10 core principles in the areas of human rights, labor standards, the environment and anti-corruption. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises The OECD Guidelines are a set of government-backed standards for responsible business conduct in areas such as employment and industrial relations, human rights, the environment, information disclosure, combating bribery, consumer interests, science and technology, competition, and taxation.