Lantmännen has a significant responsibility for human rights as an actor in all stages of the grain value chain. Human rights are affected directly and indirectly through land use, environmental impacts, in the supply chain, in production and in the marketing and use of our products.
We support and respect internationally proclaimed human rights. Lantmännen signed the Global Compact in 2009 and supports the ten principles for responsible business. We work actively to ensure that our employees are treated fairly, equally and with respect. We expect our suppliers and business partners to act in the same way towards their employees and the people affected by operations. This is made clear in the Code of Conduct, which includes work environment and social conditions, including freedom of association, working hours, salaries, forced labor, child labor, discrimination and oppression.
All employees are required to be trained in the Code of Conduct, which includes exercises that reflect potential dilemmas and situations. The Supplier Code of Conduct also covers work environment and social conditions, including freedom of association, working hours, salaries, forced labor, child labor, discrimination and oppression. All suppliers must have the Code as part of their contract with Lantmännen. Compliance with the codes is monitored in several different ways, including employee surveys, the whistleblowing function and supplier audits. For our businesses, we conduct comprehensive risk assessments based on the Code of Conduct’s areas for all of the Group’s operations. The method is based on, for example, available and independent international risk indexes covering both our own operations and suppliers, materials, products and services as business partners. Based on these independent international risk indexes, Russia, Ukraine and Latvia have been identified as high-risk countries in terms of human rights for our own operations. Some of Lantmännen’s food business is in these countries, but we do not have any indications of problems or breaches of the Code of Conduct in terms of human rights. In our supply chain – e.g. in the production of raw and other materials, there are risks of human rights violations. We analyze risk materials and suppliers based on the Code’s areas, and special handling is required in the case of high risk. Learn more in the Sourcing section. For food, there are special requirements on food safety in production and Lantmännen’s own Criteria for Responsibly Produced Food. They include origin, safety, high-risk countries and materials, and ingredients and nutrition. For acquisitions, areas such as human rights, corruption and other financial crimes are part of the due diligence process. Lantmännen does not report results in the human rights area with GRI indicators but works to ensure that processes are in place to prevent and detect the risk of violations of human rights.