Code of conduct

Last approved by the board 2022-08-31.

The Swedish Internet Foundation’s mission is to promote stability in the Swedish internet infrastructure as well as promote the spread of knowledge about the internet and electronic communication. We ensure proper conduct while conducting this mission by following this code. 

The code is based on the ten principles of the UN’s Global Compact. It supplements and summarizes The Swedish Internet Foundation’s different policies, employee handbook and governing documents on a comprehensive level. If local, national or international law apply stricter demands than the code of conduct, these shall be followed.

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Climate report for The Swedish Internet Foundation

The Swedish Internet Foundation conducts carbon measurements regularly. The intention with the measurement is to provide us with facts regarding the most important areas from a climate perspective and offers a groundwork to make decisions on actions to decrease the climate impact.

The code applies to all employees regardless of employment status. We ask that all employees read and accept the regulations and apply them in all The Swedish Internet Foundation’s activities. Employees are encouraged to take their own initiative to promote sustainability in the workplace. The Swedish Internet Foundation’s managers are responsible for disseminating information about the code well as ensuring compliance. Suspected violation of the code must be reported to the nearest supervisor.

The code is also designed to ensure compliance in the The Swedish Internet Foundation’s supplier chain. Thus, the Foundation’s suppliers and their subcontractors are also covered by the code. Violation of the code entitles
The Swedish Internet Foundation to follow up through visits to suppliers and possible termination of the contract.

Human Rights

All activities should follow the guidelines of international conventions concerning basic human rights. The international standards referred to here are primarily the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the ILO conventions on labor law. Use of slave or child labor is completely unacceptable. The Swedish Internet Foundation also works to exclude the presence of controversial minerals in our business or supply chain.

Employees and working environment

We are convinced that different ethnic backgrounds and genders strengthen our business and we strive towards equality and diversity. The Swedish Internet Foundation does not allow any form of discrimination based on gender identity, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, physical characteristics, sexual orientation, association or political affiliation, and similar grounds. The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining shall be recognized and respected. Every employee has the right to a fair, living wage, equal pay for equal work and regular paid vacation.

The Swedish Internet Foundation will always work for a mentally and physically healthy and safe working environment. We shall offer a workload that enables balance between work and free time. Employees shall feel that work is a developmental experience and that they have the opportunity to influence their work assignments.

Anti corruption

We act transparently, honestly and businesslike in all partnerships.
The Swedish Internet Foundation’s and its employees covered by this code are expected to comply with all national and international regulations to prevent, discover and handle corruption.

Employees must refrain from acts and non-acts that involve fraud, extortion, money laundering and cartel activity. It is not allowed to request, accept of offer bribes, regardless of method, purpose and design. Benefits may only be exchanged if the process is transparent and for the creation and maintenance of a business relationship. Employees must actively promote and contribute to investigations of violations against this code of conduct.

Business decisions shall always be made with the company’s best interests in mind. Transactions may not be carried out with family members, friends or people with whom other non-professional relationships exist. The Swedish Internet Foundation’s employees can never use their position or influence in any way other than supporting the company’s interests. If such a business arrangement or other corruption risk is identified, the grandfather principle is applied for approval of the contractor. If that is not possible, the four eyes principle shall be applied. To avoid conflict of interest, permanent employees are not to work outside of The Swedish Internet Foundation without informing their immediate supervisor of the undertaking.

Environmental responsibility 

Every activity’s environmental impact shall be considered when making a decision and The Swedish Internet Foundation applies the precautionary principle. We strive to use the most energy effective and environmentally friendly technology, as well as support their development. The Swedish Internet Foundation is working to reduce environmentally hazardous emissions, energy consumption and environmental impact on our immediate surroundings. Products should preferably be made of renewable, raw materials or recycled material and not use more resources or energy than necessary. They must also be easy to maintain and repair and be recyclable. We always keep all waste to a minimum. With recycling of electronic waste, both social and environmental aspects are taken into account in the choice of recycling method. When choosing energy providers and means of transport, alternatives with low environmental impact shall be prioritized.

Privacy and information 

The Swedish Internet Foundation shall maintain the highest possible technical and organizational security level in order to protect critical operations as well as sensitive and personal information. Policies and rules regarding the handling of information shall be followed and extreme caution shall be observed in all electronic communication. The protection of life, health and privacy are prioritized when working with information security.