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Business ethics and compliance

Statkraft is driving the renewable energy shift and upholding ethical business and stakeholder relations. We face ethical challenges across varied settings and are committed to addressing them with integrity, backed by our zero-tolerance for corruption.

Ethics: good for society and good for business

We believe that high ethical standards are good both for society and for business and are committed to high ethical standards in our business culture and in all our business activities. This commitment is integrated into our Code of Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct, strategy, and business processes.

We have a zero-tolerance for corruption. We do not offer, give, accept, request or receive bribes or other improper advantages. We also work to ensure fair competition, avoid unethical business partners, protect personal data and prevent all forms of fraud.

We expect all of those who work with and for us to live up to our high ethical standards, and encourage the reporting of concerns from both internal and external parties.

In 2020, we met our goal of zero serious compliance incidents. We are proud to have achieved it, but we do not consider this a completed task. We are constantly striving to ensure a strong ethical culture, and to act on improvement opportunities.

Why it matters

Conducting our business ethically earns us our social and legal license to operate and is an important foundation for our business. It allows us to provide excellent products with integrity and professionalism; to facilitate more partnerships; to win more contracts and attract investments; and to build goodwill with the communities we impact. Ensuring clean business practices is therefore critical for making Statkraft’s energy solutions attractive over the long term. 

Our approach and initiatives

We have built an extensive programme of activities on business ethics and compliance. The programme is risk-based, focusing on high-risk processes such as business development, mergers and acquisitions, and supply chain processes.

Our operations span a wide range of markets, some of which rank high on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. This exposes us to ethical risks and we take particular care to adjust our compliance programme to handle risks in different markets. One example is Brazil, where we have implemented a wide range of measures since we acquired the controlling share of the company we own there. This included hiring of expert resources, frequent training and culture building initiatives.

Compliance programme

Our compliance programme includes regular risk assessments focusing on anti-corruption as well as several training and communication initiatives. The compliance programme is regularly updated to reflect new risks identified through risk assessments.

The compliance programme is built on the basis of the UK Anti-bribery Act prevention principles, and other relevant internal standards. It includes the following key components:

  • A strong consistent Tone from The Top
  • Regular risk assessment
  • Due diligence of business partners and projects
  • Continuous training and communication efforts to build awareness and culture
  • Proportionate procedures and required internal controls
  • Monitoring, evaluation and enforcement of the rules

Building awareness and culture

We have developed a number of different initiatives to build awareness and culture on business ethics within the company. We have also developed different forms of training products, both on-line and written products.

An important goal has been to find ways of presenting complicated topics so that the most important rules are easily understood and remembered. In Statkraft, we created a guide on Business Ethics (link below).


Guide on Business Ethics