Sustainability report

Code of Ethics

Hansel’s Code of Ethics was updated in 2014. The Code provides the foundation for Hansel’s practices and policies. Operations are built on a value base common to central government organisations: productivity, expertise, openness and impartiality. Equality and responsibility are also taken into account in Hansel’s operations.

Hansel works with its customers, business life and other stakeholders in a variety of ways and through numerous channels. By working in close co-operation with our stakeholders, we intend to ensure that we can offer our customers good contracts and work efficiently with our contract suppliers.

Because Hansel’s operations have far-reaching impacts, our practices and policies must be flawless. By adhering to an extensive and well-internalised Code of Ethics, Hansel strives to guarantee the equal treatment of all stakeholders and suppliers.

Corporate hospitality and gifts to individuals comply with codes of conduct for civil servants and other principles generally accepted within central government. Corruption and bribery are strictly forbidden.

Hansel does not offer financial support to political parties or groups. Instead of Christmas gifts, an annual donation of €1,000 is made to the Hospital for Children and Adolescents. No other donations are made.

Disqualification provisions observed

The disqualification provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act do not directly apply to Hansel’s operations. Since the majority of our customers comply with the Administrative Procedure Act, we are also expected to abide by its principles.

We also follow the recommendations made in the Public Service Code of Ethics Committee Report, as applicable, and the government guidelines regarding disqualification and conflicts of interest. Disqualified persons do not take part in competitive tendering processes, nor do they exercise any decision-making powers in contract management. Situations involving disqualification are considered on a case-by-case basis and according to Hansel’s internal guidelines.

At Hansel, employees should not, in principle, be tasked with any assignments related to their previous employer, its partner or competitor, immediately after assuming their new position.

For any outside employment, employees require a permit, which is issued by the CEO. Hansel keeps a register of employees’ outside employment permits. Employees are not permitted to engage in any activities that compete with Hansel’s operations.

Hansel’s experts give lectures at functions organised by the company’s stakeholders. Providing stakeholders with an opportunity to benefit from their specialists’ competences is considered a positive issue at Hansel. Giving lectures and arranging training days at stakeholder events requires a permit from the employee’s supervisor, and information on such permits is recorded in statistical form.

The company’s experts may witness situations that constitute a breach of competition laws. These include price fixing, market sharing or abuse of a dominant market position. If our experts suspect that competition laws have been breached, they inform Hansel’s Chief Legal Counsel.