Code of Conduct

The ASSA ABLOY Code of Conduct forms the basis for the Group’s actions and behavior and is at core of the sustainability governance. It applies globally to everyone acting in the behalf of ASSA ABLOY – including third parties. The Code of Conduct covers areas such as environment, consumer interest and anti-corruption.

The Code of Conduct provides the framework for ASSA ABLOY’s daily operations and includes guidelines for business ethics, human rights and labour standards, environmental and health and safety witch is at core of the sustainability governance. The responsibility for implementing the ASSA ABLOY Code of Conduct is delegated to each division, but the overall responsibility for identifying and managing existing and emerging risks is held by the Board of Directors.

The Code of Conduct Compliance Committee overlooks the process of implementing the Code of Conduct.  Its responsibilities include receiving information from whistle-blowers and ensuring that such matters are handled in an appropriate way. The committee includes two members of the board, and it is chaired by the Group Senior Vice President of Human Resources. 

Who does the Code of Conduct apply to?

The Code of Conduct applies to all our employees and all our business partners. Suppliers will be included via contractual provisions.

The Code of Conduct does not replace legislation and if the two are in conflict, legislation takes precedence. ASSA ABLOY respects the laws of the countries in which it operates. If the Code of Conduct sets a higher standard than the existing legislation, the reverse applies.

Based on global standards

The ASSA ABLOY Code of Conduct sets forth principles that apply globally to employees, business partners, suppliers and other stakeholders.
The Code of Conduct is based on;

  • United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multination Enterprises and Social Policy
  • UN Global Compact
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • ISO 14001

The full version of ASSA ABLOY’s Code of Conduct is available in English, French; German, Spanish and Chinese. A shortened version is available in 28 languages.

Informing and educating employees

The full version of the Code of Conduct is given to all managers and union representatives. A short version is communicated and made available to all employees. New employees are required to read the Code of Conduct and agree to abide by it and any related policies.

Read more about the Introduction program for new employees.

Policies, tools and guidelines on the intranet

Information on sustainability governance and polices can be found on the ASSA ABLOY’s intranet. It contains both general information to employees and more advanced tools, e.g. the reporting database and sustainability indicators, which can be used by sustainability managers. ASSA ABLOY companies can monitor their performance and compare with other units by using statistical reports and score cards, also available on the intranet.

Implementing sustainability objectives and policies

ASSA ABLOY’s procedures to manage environmental and social impact have proven to be efficient. The number of units reporting on sustainability performance has increased and the quality of data has improved. The Group has implemented its sustainability targets and policies throughout the organization, as well as identified material risks and actions to address those.

Learn more about the implementation processes and organizational responsibility.

Seeking guidance and whistle-blowing

If an employee is concerned about something, or wishes to make a complaint or report a suspected violation of the Code of Conduct he or she is recommended to contact either the line manager, or a representative of the local management, or the local person responsible of Code of Conduct issues. 


If an employee finds it difficult to bring up an issue locally, the ASSA ABLOY Head Office should be contacted. The form provided in Appendix I in the Code of Conduct document can be used. An employee’s information will be treated confidentially, and no employee will be discriminated against for reporting, in good faith, violations of the Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct for Business Partners 

Code of Conduct for Business Partners are specially adapted to the needs and challenges of business partners such as suppliers, consultants, distributors, agents and other representatives. The Business Partner Code of Conduct applies to all partners that provide products or services to ASSA ABLOY or are engaged for or on behalf of ASSA ABLOY. 

Read more about the Code of Conduct for Business Partners