Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement for fiscal year 2017
Raisio Group focuses on healthy and responsibly produced food. Our well-known brands include Benecol and Elovena. Raisio plc is a Finnish company established in 1939. We employ some 400 people and operate in 11 countries. Group’s net sales from continuous operations in 2017 were EUR 307 million. Raisio’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Raisio Group has 6 production facilities, all located in Finland.
Policies and current actions related to slavery and human trafficking
Raisio Group complies with local and international laws and regulations, generally accepted practices and Raisio’s own guidelines. The Raisio Group respects the UN declaration of human rights, the fundamental principles and rights at work as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO). These rights cover freedom of association, the right to organise or not to organise, the right to collective bargaining, the prohibition of forced labour and child labour, and the employees’ right to equal treatment and opportunities. Raisio is an active participant in the UN Global Compact initiative. Human rights, fundamental principles and rights at work are an integral part of Raisio Code of Conduct and Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct. The Raisio Code of Conduct applies to all Raisio Group’s operations, employees, management as well as the members of the Board and Supervisory Board. It is approved by Raisio’s Board of Directors. All Raisio’s suppliers and sub-contractors are expected to comply with Raisio’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
Raisio is a listed company headquartered in Raisio, Finland. Raisio’s production facilities and the majority of employees are located in Finland, a country with high standards and strict regulation for labour rights. Raisio Group policies and Code of Conduct are implemented globally to all employees. The company’s risk assessment shows that possible human right risks are mainly related to the supply chain. For the assessment of human right risks related to its procurement, Raisio uses BSCI’s risk country classification, which guides to procure from low-risk countries. Currently, most of Raisio’s raw materials and services are purchased from low-risk countries, such as Finland and Central Europe. The company purchases a small part of its raw materials from the higher-risk countries and in these cases, we pay special attention to the supplier’s procedures.
Raisio Group expects its suppliers to commit to the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct, which includes the requirement for respect for the fundamental principles and rights at work as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and human rights principles of the UN Global Compact initiative. Our key tools for ensuring responsible supply chain include engaging suppliers in the Raisio Supplier Code of Conduct, supplier self-assessments and audits, reducing purchases from countries with highrisk on human right violations and ensuring material traceability. Raisio’s risk survey indicates that Raisio’s major human right risks lay in our supply chain. Main risks are related to the purchase of soya, palm oil and cocoa, which together account only for about 2 per cent of all raw materials used by Raisio. In terms of these raw materials, Raisio’s goal is to use responsibility certified raw materials only. Most of Raisio’s raw materials and services are purchased from low-risk countries, such as Finland and Central Europe. A small part of our raw materials originate from the higher-risk countries and in these cases, we pay special attention to the supplier selection process and supplier’s procedures. Raisio audits its suppliers in regular, planned and agreed intervals. The audit process follows Raisio’s criteria, which include supplier’s risk profile and location. All new sub-contractors are audited.
Raisio’s employees are encouraged to report suspected or actual misconduct to the Code of Conduct to the immediate superior or his/her superior. Employees can also report their suspicions of misconduct using a separate e-mail address or anonymously to designated persons via defined whistleblower process which is available for all Raisio employees. All notifications are investigated with absolute confidentiality.
Training and Communication
All employees are trained in the Raisio Code of Conduct. The training is part of the introduction programme of each new worker and is available in 4 languages, Finnish, English, Russian and Polish. In addition all employees receive an easily readable leaflet on Raisio Code of Conduct. Raisio Code of Conduct and Raisio Supplier code of Conduct are available in our website.
Raisio is not aware of any human right or labour right violations related to its operations. Raisio continues its work on responsible procurement.