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Our suppliers must show respect for people

We have zero tolerance for human rights abuses, whether in our factories or anywhere in our supply chain.

Two female employees working in a Mölnlycke factory
We promote workers’ rights in our factories and those of our suppliers

With our Swedish heritage, we are naturally interested in sustainability. As a large company and buyer, we strive to affect working conditions in a positive way – and to prevent slavery and promote workers' rights in our suppliers' factories.

We must not be directly or indirectly involved in situations that entail violations of human rights. We strive to ensure the employment rights of our own staff and those of our suppliers' employees are respected. We do not maintain business relationships with any supplier that we know violates the human or employment rights of its employees.

We understand that ethical behaviour is about the culture of an organisation as well as its policies and processes. By 2020, we wish to be the preferred employer in medical devices – which we can only be if we are ethical and socially responsible in our employment practices and regarding our employees' human rights.

We transfer this culture over to the way we treat our suppliers, building long-term relationships with our suppliers based on fairness, collaboration, transparency and open communication. We ask our suppliers in turn to promote good practice among their partners and suppliers.

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