Structured sustainability work has begun
FPC’s products make life more convenient and secure for users. Value is created for both the individual and society. FPC has begun structured sustainability work that will benefit the company, its customers, society and individuals.
This work means introducing methods to ensure that sustainability is taken into account, socially and environmentally, in daily work and in the company’s products.
Distinct action plan through 2018
Based on an analysis of the current state of its sustainability work, the company has designed a framework for continued efforts. Objectives will be drawn up for the subparts of the framework in 2016. This is the beginning of a three-year plan to fully implement sustainability work in FPC’s operations.
FPC has in-depth discussions with stakeholders in order to assign the right level of priority to its sustainability work, especially the process of stating objectives. This will enable the company to identify the sustainability-related factors with the greatest influence on stakeholders’ decisions, and which factors should receive priority in future communications.
Joined the Global Compact
In April 2016, FPC joined the Global Compact, the UN’s set of international principles for companies concerning human rights, labor issues, the environment and anticorruption.
The principles are based on the UN declaration on human rights, the ILO’s fundamental conventions on principles and rights at work, the Rio Declaration and the UN Convention against Corruption.
Code of Conduct in place
In 2016, FPC developed two Code of Conducts, an internal code and one directed to the suppliers. The Fingerprint Cards Code of Conduct addresses all employees and contractors working directly for FPC.
The Code of Conduct is based on FPC’s sustainability framework and describes the company’s aspirations and promises related to:
• Business ethics work, including combating bribery and corruption, the protection of assets and information
• Quality management processes and focus on the end user of the products
• Efforts to reduce direct and indirect environmental impacts
• Occupational health and safety of the staff and the work to follow it up with our suppliers
Link to the Code of conduct FPC Code of Conduct 2016-03-18
FPC already had special requirements for its suppliers. These are being developed further, based on the code for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). The Code of Conduct puts particular emphasis on the types of operations and the potential risks found in the manufacturing stage of FPC’s value chain.
Link to the Code of conduct for suppliers FPC Supplier Code of Conduct
Conflict Minerals is a collective term for minerals whose extraction supports conflicts. Especially four minerals are in focus, namely tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These minerals are extracted in areas of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and many neighboring countries. Often extraction is taking place under difficult conditions and workers often work under threat. Child labor also occurs.
FPC’s industry faces the challenge of trying to ensure that the minerals that end up in the products are not conflict minerals. US legislation requires of listed companies to have a robust process for this. Some of these companies are FPC’s clients. In the near future the European Union is expected to also legislate in this area.
FPC has a process to follow up on the origins of the minerals. The process is based on the OECD’s guidelines and FPC ask of all suppliers to report on their sourcing from smelters.
Link to FPC’s FPC Conflict Minerals Policy
Fingerprint Cards is certified to ISO 14001 and the environmental management system is integrated into the company’s quality management system, which in turn is ISO 9001 certified.
FPC’s main environmental impact is indirect, since the company does not have any own production as the core business is to develop products and deliver related services.
Customers set environmental standards for FPC’s products, which FPC in turn communicates to its suppliers. FPC have also worked proactively in R&D to continuously reduce energy consumption in the use phase, an area where FPC now distinguishes itself in the industry.
This year FPC has begun to calculate the carbon footprint and will for the fiscal year 2015 report the impact to the Carbon Disclosure Project. FPC then calculates the climate impact of energy consumption in its offices, business travel and the transportation from the silicon plate manufacturers to distributors.
The goal for 2016 is to increase the environmental awareness of the employees through training, as well as to set a baseline for the company’s climate impact so targets for 2017 and onwards can be formulated.
Link to FPC Environmental policy
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