Supplier code of conduct

This supplier code of conduct describes requirements for suppliers set by Nokian Tyres plc. Nokian Tyres expects all of its suppliers to conform to these principles defined below. These requirements are consistent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as The International Labor Organization’s declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

1. Preface and application

NOKIAN TYRES PLC (‘Nokian Tyres’) Supplier Code of Conduct (‘Supplier Code’) defines the basic principles that every supplier and sub-supplier must comply with when conducting business with Nokian Tyres. In this Supplier Code, ‘Supplier’ refers to any company that sells products or services to Nokian Tyres or any of its subsidiaries, including the Supplier’s employees, subcontractors and sub-tier sources.

As Nokian Tyres is committed to providing people with the best, safest and environmentally friendliest tyres in the world, we expect our suppliers and sub-suppliers to share the same values by respecting our Supplier Code. The principles are consistent with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations Global Compact as well as The International Labour Organization’s declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

2. Legal Compliance

Suppliers are expected to comply with all the laws and regulations applicable to its business in the countries where it conducts business, including all the laws and regulations relating to each subject matter shown below.

3. Labour and human rights

Humane treatment
Human rights shall be respected and all employees shall be treated with dignity and respect. There shall not be human trafficking, harsh or inhumane treatment, including any type of harassment, sexual abuse or corporal punishment.

Child labour
Child labour shall not be used under any circumstances. The minimum age is 15 or the age of completion of compulsory schooling or the minimum age for employment in the supplier’s country, whichever is the highest.

Forced labour
Forced, compulsory or bonded labour shall not be used. All employees must be freely chosen and shall be free to leave work or terminate their employment within a reasonable notice period.

Discrimination
Employees shall not be discriminated against based on gender, race, colour, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, nationality, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political affiliation, social status, union membership or other such characteristics.

Working hours
The working week shall not exceed the maximum set by the local laws. Work in excess of 60 hours per week or in excess of six days per week shall not be required, unless the conditions are unusual. Overtime shall be voluntary. In addition, operations shall be managed in a way that overtime does not exceed levels that create inhumane conditions.

Freedom of association
The rights of employees to associate freely, join or form trade unions and bargain collectively shall be respected as far as the laws permit.

Compensation and employment conditions
All employees shall be paid at least a minimum wage as required by the local laws. Employees shall be provided with a proper wage statement of every pay period and the basis on which they are paid shall be clearly conveyed to them. Deductions from wages shall not be used as a disciplinary measure. In addition, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours in compliance with the local laws.

4. Health and safety

The supplier shall provide a safe working environment which is supportive of accident prevention and minimising exposure to health risks. The supplier shall comply with all the applicable safety and health laws and regulations in the countries in which they operate. In addition, whenever housing or eating facilities are provided, they shall be consistent with the laws.

Employees shall be protected from sickness, disease and injury arising from their employment. Appropriate safety and health information as well as training shall be provided for employees. Employees shall have the right to refuse to work if the conditions are unsafe.

5. Environment

The supplier shall support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges. The supplier shall strive to use energy effectively, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent air, water and soil pollution and reduce the amount of waste.

The supplier shall comply with all the applicable environmental laws and regulations in their countries in which they operate. The supplier is encouraged to implement their own management systems in order to meet these requirements.  

Chemical and Hazardous materials
Chemicals shall be handled and stored according to the local legislation. Safe handling, storage and disposal must be ensured to protect employees and the environment. The supplier must provide up-to-date material safety data sheets, as applicable, and any other relevant information requested by Nokian Tyres Plc.

6. Anti-corruption

Business shall be conducted without any form of extortion or bribery.

7. Event of violation and non-compliance reporting

The supplier shall take the necessary corrective actions to promptly remedy identified noncompliance with this code. If the supplier fails to comply with this code of conduct, Nokian Tyres reserves the right to terminate the business relationship.

Violations of the Nokian Tyres Supplier Code of Conduct may be confidentially reported to Nokian Tyres. In such case, please contact your own business partner at Nokian Tyres.

The supplier and any of its employees may also report their concerns confidentially to:

Internal Auditor
Nokian Tyres plc
PO Box 20
FI-37101 Nokia, Finland
whistleblow@nokiantyres.com