Code of Conduct

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SCA’s Code of Conduct is the framework that helps us translate our values into actions. Efforts to promote sound business practices, good working conditions and well-being all originate from the Code, but this is not where they end. To follow through on these efforts, we analyze risks, train employees, and evaluate our own plants and those of our suppliers.

In place since 2004, the Code of Conduct is inspired by SCA’s core values of respect, excellence and responsibility. Aligned with universal standards of business conduct as defined by the International Bill of Human Rights, ILO Core Conventions and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the Code serves as a compass on individual and collective behaviour when employees are making business decisions or are faced with ethical dilemmas. The Code provides guidelines for SCA and its employees regarding business practiceshealth and safety, employee relationshuman rights, nature and community.

SCA’s supplier network is becoming increasingly complex and global. To confront that challenge, Group-wide sourcing procedures seek to ensure that SCA’s products are manufactured with respect for people and nature. SCA’s Global  supplier standard, for example, drives shared values and priorities through its supply chain.


  • We will maintain compliance with our SCA Code of Conduct. All employees will receive regular training in the Code.
  • Our SCA supplier standard will be used to drive shared values and priorities through our supply chain. We will use it in all our supply chain contracts by 2015.

Outcome 2015

  • 91% of employees have received Code of Conduct training.
  • 84% (75) of SCA’s global hygiene supplier base and 86% (83) of the forest product’s supplier base had signed the SCA Global Supplier Standard.