Supplier shall conduct their business in a professional and independent manner at all times, and in accordance with standards set forth in all applicable international and national laws and regulations while recognizing that Essity’s requirements may sometimes exceed those standards. At minimum, supplier must act with integrity, honesty and fairness in all aspects of their business.
2.2.2 Fair competition
Supplier and all persons acting on their behalf shall comply with national and supranational antitrust and competition laws. They shall not enter directly or indirectly into any illegal agreements with their competitors nor exchange sensitive information, e.g. regarding markets, customers, strategies, prices and the like. All suppliers and all persons acting on their behalf shall participate in public tenders and private sector bidding procedures by strictly following the applicable laws and regulations.
2.2.3 Conflicts of interest
Supplier shall inform Essity if any Essity employee has an interest in the supplier’s business which might cause a conflict of interest. Supplier and persons acting on their behalf must avoid conflicts of interest with respect to their private activities, entities in which they, their close relatives or associates have an interest, their business activities with other parties and their part in the business relationship with Essity. Supplier shall inform Essity about existing conflicts of interest as soon as it becomes aware of such conflicts.
2.2.4 Anti-corruption and bribery
Supplier and all persons acting on their behalf shall comply with all applicable anti-corruption laws while conducting business with Essity. Bribery and any other form of corrupt business practice are strictly prohibited. The direct or indirect offer, granting or acceptance of illegitimate benefits to generate, maintain or accelerate business is unacceptable. Supplier must ensure that no such benefits are exchanged in the course of their business.
Supplier shall conduct appropriate risk-based due diligence prior to engaging any sub-supplier to ensure that such third parties comply with all applicable anti-corruption laws.
2.2.5 Gifts and entertainment
Supplier must not provide any gift, meal or entertainment to an Essity employee that might influence, or appear to influence, an Essity employee’s decision in relation to Essity’s business with the supplier.
Essity representatives are not allowed to accept gifts or hospitality if this may influence or appear to influence a business decision. Essity employees shall always pay for their own travel and accommodation, e.g. when visiting supplier or attending conferences.
2.2.6 Accurate books and records and tax compliance
Keeping accurate books and records as well as declaring truthfully all required taxes and duties is an indispensable part of running a lawful and transparent business in a sustainable way. Essity expects its supplier to act with the highest degree of diligence in this respect.
2.2.7 Data protection
Supplier shall comply with all applicable data protection laws in collecting, processing, storing or otherwise handling personal data of any individuals, including, without limitation, their own employees and employees of their customers, suppliers and business partners.
2.2.8 Trade restrictions and sanctions
Supplier should ensure its business is conducted in compliance with any applicable trade restrictions and sanctions, as well as rules concerning export controls.
2.2.9 Duty to report
Supplier must report to their Essity representatives any suspicions of a material breach of any of Supplier’s obligation under this Supplier Code of Conduct section including any breach by Supplier’s sub-suppliers