Scania has zero tolerance for corruption, bribery and all types of harassment, and our first priority is to ensure the company is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations wherever we do business. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Scania adheres to its ten principles, including anti-corruption. Scania’s Code of Conduct encompasses a broad array of ethical issues.
A solid foundation for business ethics
Scania’s ethical principles can be found in Scania’s Code of Conduct. Every employee must ensure compliance with our ethical principles within his / her area of responsibility. The Code of Conduct is supplemented by several more detailed Scania Group Policies, applicable world-wide and covering compliance topics such as hospitality, facilitation payments, sponsoring & donations, antitrust and anti money-laundering. Scania Group Compliance, a dedicated central function with regional and local reach, manages the Code of Conduct and relevant group policies and actively supports employees by providing tools, trainings and advice.
Scania also demands from its business partners that they act in accordance with high ethical principles. Accordingly, due diligence checks are carried out prior to engagement of third parties.
In order to ensure proper implementation of Scania’s compliance and business ethics program, Group Internal Audit regularly reviews the knowledge and awareness of Scania’s ethics related policies and guidelines.
The standard audit process starts with assessing, planning, scoping and fieldwork and continues with reporting and follow-up. Auditors interview local management about how they approach and address business ethics issues. Based on the auditor’s report and in alignment with Group Compliance, local business units develop action plans to correct any deviations identified.
Another corner stone of Scania’s efforts to conduct business in an ethical and sustainable manner is the whistleblowing system. Scania’s whistleblowing system encourages an open speak up culture and allows for early detection of potential wrongdoings. Key principles of the whistleblower system include the right to be anonymous and prohibition of retaliation against whistleblowers.
There are several different reporting channels available for whistleblowers to report potential wrongdoings, including but not limited to the dedicated email address email@example.com and contacting Group Compliance. Moreover, the following web-based portal and hotline number are available:
- “Speak up!” Portal
(Available languages: Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese-BR, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish)The whistleblower can choose to submit the hint via Speak up! anonymously. Files related to the incident can be uploaded on the secure portal. The Traton Investigation Office will contact the whistleblower for further actions or questions via the Speak up! portal guaranteeing anonymity if requested.
- “24/7 Volkswagen Whistleblower hotline” numbers:
+49 5361 946300. (Please note international call charges may apply)
+800 444 46300 (Dial international access code + number). This is a toll-free number and internationally accessible from selected countries.
The 24/7 Volkswagen Whistleblower hotline is available all the time. The hotline uses a secured transfer channel from a call centre to the TRATON Investigation Office.
(Available languages; Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese-BR, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Russian. (Additional languages will be available soon))
As regards whistleblowing in Sweden, certain limitations apply for reporting through specifically established reporting channels, such as direct reporting to the Investigation Office at TRATON, the Speak Up! Portal and the 24/7 Volkswagen Whistleblower hotline telephone numbers.
These reporting channels shall only be used for reporting if the information relates to persons in key-positions or management positions within Scania or VW and the matter relates to a suspected serious violation relating to accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing matters, fight against bribery, banking and financial crime or other serious irregularities relating to Scania’s vital interest or individuals life and health