Aspo is committed to respecting internationally accepted human rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Aspo treats its employees in a just and equal manner in all countries where it operates. The applicable local legislation and regulations are complied with in all contracts of employment. These concern, among other things, working hours, remuneration, development opportunities, human rights and working conditions. Aspo’s Code of Conduct defines a common set for rules for the Group’s entire personnel. We reject any discrimination based on education, competence, position, personality, way of life, work experience, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, abilities or other qualities.
Aspo uses a whistleblowing channel for reporting any human rights violations. Employees are notified of the whistleblowing channel, for example, in conjunction with Code of Conduct training. As part of the annual atmosphere survey, Aspo aims to identify whether its personnel are aware of the channel. In the 2019 survey, 97% (92%) of respondents said they are aware of the internal whistleblowing procedure in the case of any violations. Awareness of the whistleblowing channel has continued to increase, and Aspo’s goal is that all personnel are aware of the channel and motivated to use it. Matters reported through the whistleblowing channel are received by the Group’s Legal Counsel and discussed by Aspo’s Board of Directors. In 2019, a suspicion of abuse in Telko’s Chinese country organization was raised, and the investigation is still ongoing. There have also been cases reported through the whistleblowing channel that are not directly related to violations but more about suggested development of processes.
The Group’s atmosphere survey also always examines the fulfillment of equality. In this year’s survey, employees once again considered the level of equality to be high: the score given to the question “Are men and women treated equally?” was 4.57 on a scale of 1 to 5. In 2018, the corresponding figure was 4.39.