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Our guiding principles to promote ethical trade

Vinmonopolet`s code of conduct is the basis for ensuring ethical practices in the production of beverages sold at Vinmonopolet.
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The code demands that the manufacturing of all products, on all levels, adhere to principles of human rights and that decent working conditions and protection og the environment,during production. 

All wholesaler supplying beverages to Vinmonopolet are bound to follow Vinmonopolet’s code of conduct. Wholesalers have the responsibility to make sure that their sub-suppliers, producers and producer’s sub-suppliers (for example growers of grapes or grains)  follow the code of conduct and only deliver products that are created in accordance. 
The code of conduct makes demands in the following 11 areas:  
  • Freedom to form unions and collective bargaining
  • No discrimination 
  • Pay
  • Working hours
  • Health and safety
  • No child-labour 
  • Protection for young workers
  • Employment security 
  • No forced labour
  • Environmental protection
  • Ethical Business Practices 
This code of conduct is developed by the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative, amfori BSCI. Amfori BSCI is a global, non-profit organization working for social responsibility within a number of industries, from raw material to finished product. Vinmonopolet is a member of BSCI. 
The code of conduct is based on the declaration of human rights made by the UN and other international bodies. Other Nordic alcohol monopolies use the same code of conduct. 
Compliance with the code is inspected by independent on-site auditors at producers and/or farm-level, if our risk assessments indicate a need for extra follow up or if we suspect that our ethical principles are not being adhered to.