Elekta’s responsibility in its operations directly impacts the Company’s ability to build and maintain a strong and renowned brand, which is in turn the basis for a long-term sustainable market presence and growth. Accordingly, Elekta aims to continuously conduct and develop transparent discussions on responsible enterprise with all stakeholders. During these discussions, based on mutual respect, Elekta will clarify the guiding principles with which Elekta bases its view on the Company’s responsibility, caring for life, being a groundbreaker and partner in cancer care and acting according to values that promotes long-term relationships, trust and responsibility.
The Code of Conduct is a cultural conduit
Elekta’s Code of Conduct is one of the Company’s most important policy documents for responsible enterprise and serves as a conduit for the Company’s culture. It clarifies the fundamental principles by which Elekta expects each employee and partner – such as suppliers and distributors – to abide. The Code includes comprehensive information concerning Elekta’s view of its responsibility in terms of social, environmental and financial matters. The areas of responsibility described include, for example, employee rights, product safety, corruption, conflicts of interest and competition.
Elekta’s Code of Conduct adheres to principles established by international bodies, such as the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. The Code of Conduct is kept alive in many ways, including having all senior executives sign the Code on an annual basis. The Code plays a key role during the integration of new acquisitions.
Supplemental anti-corruption policy
Elekta’s anti-corruption policy serves as an important supplement to the Code of Conduct. The cornerstone of the policy is zero tolerance for corruption. A substantial portion of the policy focuses on the interaction with health care personnel and with Elekta’s other clients, agents and distributors. The rules cover a wide range of improper behavior that could damage Elekta’s credibility in such areas as consultancy agreements, gifts, donations and research agreements.
The anti-corruption policy has been translated into several languages and all employees are to study it using an e-learning program. The policy applies to all companies and employees of the Elekta Group. It is also to be communicated and applied in all contractual relations with Elekta’s business partners.
Ultimate responsibility for informing employees and partners about the Code of Conduct and the policy rests with the management of each of the Group’s legal entities. The Group’s Head of CSR is in charge of implementing and monitoring compliance through such measures as regular audits. Serious incidents are to be reported directly to the CEO and the Board of Directors. A whistleblower procedure enables employees to turn directly to the Head of CSR if they suspect improprieties, without risking sanctions.
Elekta is also a member of a number of industry organizations that have produced sector-wide Codes of Conduct, such as COCIR in Europe and MITA in the US. These Codes also clarify the rules that should apply in the Company’s relationships with decision-makers and clients in the care sector, including physicians, nurses, hospital managers and consultants appointed by hospitals.
Authorities and legislation
Elekta’s employees and suppliers must always comply with the prevailing legislation and the regulations and international conventions that apply in the countries in which Elekta conducts operations or otherwise maintains contact.
Elekta respects and complies with competition regulations, environmental legislation, labor laws, safety requirements and other provisions that are relevant to its operations. Elekta also engages in a regular dialog with authorities and legislators through its membership in various industry organizations. For its financial activities, Elekta complies with all accounting legislation and regulations to guarantee correct and transparent information regarding the Company’s operations, structure, financial position and performance.