Ethical business practices
Our corporate governance principles as well as our sustainability ambitions are deeply rooted in how we do business daily. We ensure transparency on ethical business culture at Uponor and track and monitor extensively any potential risk indicators. We manifest uncompromising integrity and doing business the right way across functions.
Sustainability operating model
Our Board of Directors oversees our sustainability agenda and steers the direction, whereas the Executive Committee approves annual plans and the execution of the development roadmap. The sustainability leadership team represents each of our business divisions and is responsible for monitoring and developing Uponor’s sustainability agenda, including target setting. Segment-based sustainability teams in collaboration with local responsible teams execute their own development projects to complement our overall sustainability performance.
Culture of compliance
We are committed to the UN’s Global Compact Business Ambition and its Ten Principles which ensures uncompromised business and human rights.
Our Code of Conduct includes zero tolerance for anti-competitive activity, bribery, discrimination, and, for example, unethical business behavior. We have established whistleblowing channels, both internal and external, to ensure the right tool to address any deviations from our normative and ethical framework.
We organize various compulsory compliance training across our markets, including ESG - related training for all of our 4000+ employees.
Sustainable supply chain management
Active engagement and transparently exchanging information with all our stakeholders is vitally important – not only from the perspective of developing business activities but also for contributing to sustainable societies.
In 2021 we launched our new Supplier Code of Conduct to commit our supply chain even more closely to our values and ambitions. All new suppliers are required to commit to our ethical, environmental, and social requirements, as well as fulfill our ESG criteria upon supplier evaluation.
Target by 2027:
90% of spend covered by the new Supplier Code of Conduct
Sustainability-linked management incentive targets and loan agreements
To ensure full alignment and sufficient resources on the important mission we have taken on, we are doing, our management STI and LTI programs are linked to ESG targets.
In 2021 we signed two separate long-term load agreements, worth 70 million Euros, with sustainability-linked performance targets, and in 2022 we signed a new 50 million five-year revolving credit facility with its pricing mechanism linked to sustainability targets, linking the margin to greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Our sustainability ratings
- Ecovadis awarded Uponor with a Silver medal after placing us within the top 15% of plastic product manufacturers.
- Sustainalytics, placed Uponor 7th out of all 135 companies in the industry it assessed, with low-risk ESG rating score: 15,7 on a scale 1-100.
- Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, gave us B- rating on a scale D- to A.
Tax and tax-like charges we pay, collect and remit support the maintenance of society at large and its services. We entirely comply with tax requirements in the countries in which we operate, and further harmonize tax processes to improve visibility on our taxes. We are committed to ensuring that the information we publish in our tax reporting is substantive and correct.
Moving forward towards net-zero
We track and systematically cut our greenhouse gas emissions along our value chain. We have defined a clear path and set ambitious milestones forward to lead by example and reach net-zero operations by 2040.
Positive societal impact
We want to give back to the society and the communities we operate it through various global and local initiatives and projects.
UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
We have identified 7 essential Development Goals our actions and value truly contribute to.