Human rights and labour standard
UN Guiding principles of business and human rights
The human rights perspective has been part of SKF’s work for decades and was formalized in the ﬁrst issue of the SKF Code of Conduct in 2002, which was originally based on the SA8000 standard.
When the UN Guiding Principles was launched, SKF’s Code of Conduct was updated to fulﬁl the demands of the policy commitment.
With 45,000 employees representing many cultures and are stationed in countries with various degrees of human and labour rights enforcement by the local government, it is imperative for us to formulate our approach with reference to international principles and guidelines, communicate our principles clearly across the organization and to deploy measures to ensure compliance to those principles.
How do we address human rights and labour standard issues?
To respect and protect the rights of people is not a matter of "if" but a "must" and we abide by this commitment with conviction. Our stance to respect and treat all employees fairly and equally regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, disability, caste, religion, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation, is made clear in the SKF Code of Conduct.
Did you know that...?
International Framework Agreement
SKF was among the first industrial manufacturing companies in Sweden to sign an International Framework Agreement on labour standards and human rights with its World Works Council (2003)
Similar high standards from our business partners
The SKF Code of Conduct has been used as a reference to establish other documents such as the SKF Code of Conduct for Suppliers and Sub-contractors, and the SKF Code of Conduct for Distributors, demanding similar high levels of commitment from business partners.