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Human rights and fair labor conditions

In some countries where we operate there are risks of human rights violations. Our Group-wide Code of Conduct and Supplier Code of Conduct provide guidance in identifying, preventing and mitigating these risks.

To mitigate these risks, we continuously work to ensure compliance with national legislation and internationally agreed human rights standards and regulations. We regularly evaluate our standards and procedures for identifying, preventing and mitigating adverse human rights impacts in the Group’s operations and value chain, as well as to enhance positive impacts. Human rights are integrated into the sustainability program in different ways, for example, in our Sustainable Supplier Management.

Forced or slave labor and child labor are strictly forbidden. We also support children’s rights and the right to education through our community involvement programs in for example India and China.

Sandvik's statement on the UK Modern Slavery Act

We believe in a diverse workforce without any form of discrimination based on gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, marital status or any other characteristics protected by law, nor do we accept any form of harassment or bullying. All employees have the right, if they choose, to join a union and be covered by a collective agreement. Health and safety are key elements in our operations as we believe the right to a safe and healthy workplace is central.