In 2015, we drew up a new internal Code of Conduct for our 5,360 employees as part of our anti-corruption work. The Code of Conduct unifies the central, internal regulations and policies that we work to in a single, easily accessible document.
“Our Code of Conduct is designed to provide support and guidance on the sort of issues that our employees encounter, both at work and in their free time. It will help us conduct ourselves in a sustainable and professional way and guide us when it comes to how we can avoid being improperly influenced,” says Anna Wassgren, who is Systembolaget’s Compliance Director.
The bar for Systembolaget’s anti-corruption and impropriety work – and that of other public sector operators – is being set ever higher, and that is the way it should be.
”We’re also keen to go beyond what the regulations require, which is why the Code of Conduct is so important. It will enhance all of our employees’ knowledge of these issues,” says Anna Wassgren.
The new Code of Conduct was handed out to and signed by all Systembolaget employees in 2015, and was also the theme of the so-called ethics dialogues organised in the autumn.
“The ethics dialogues are an important forum for these sorts of issues. They are held in smaller groups made up of managers and employees and are a more intimate type of forum in which important issues can be raised. This past autumn, we addressed specific issues that are of relevance to our anti-corruption work, such as the right approach to issues relating to suppliers and staff activities,” says Anna Wassgren.
Systembolaget also has two Ethics Advisors in the form of vastly experienced store managers. Employees can turn to these advisors to discuss ethical issues and dilemmas, with a guarantee of anonymity.