We are committed to global sustainability initiatives

We commit to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through our Sanoma Sustainability Strategy. The Sanoma Code of Conduct encompasses the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Sanoma is a signatory of the UN Global Compact. Sanoma reinforces its climate action by committing to the Science Based Targets initiative.

Our commitments 

Sanoma Code of Conduct outlines our business practices

In its business, Sanoma follows laws and regulations applicable in its operating countries, ethical guidelines set by its Code of Conduct as well as the Group’s internal policies and standards. The Sanoma Code of Conduct outlines the shared ethical standards for our employees and our business partners. The Code acts as an umbrella for all policies and standards within Sanoma. The Sanoma Code of Conduct encompasses the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Sanoma Code of Conduct

Sanoma Supplier Code of Conduct

Our policies guide our daily work

We are committed to complying with the legislation of each country in which we operate, and require the same from our partners. In addition to legislation, we follow sustainability principles that are embedded into our policies. Our people train their ethical behaviour on a continuous basis through our compulsory Code of Conduct e-learning and other sustainability related policy e-learnings to ensure compliance with our policies. 

Our policies and training

We have zero tolerance for misconduct 

The Sanoma-WhistleB reporting hotline enables Sanoma group employees, customers and business partners to report suspicions of misconduct confidentially and anonymously. Violations of the Code of Conduct, or any related policy or law, are encouraged to be reported through Sanoma’s externally hosted, independent whistle-blowing hotline. Through this early warning system we foster high business ethics, maintain customer and public trust, and reduce risks for misconduct.

Report concern using the Sanoma-WhistleB

Our sustainability targets

We maintain rigorous ethical standards and responsible business practices

Sanoma develops sustainability in compliance with the legislation applicable to business activities in the learning and media industry. The company’s internal control, risk management and governance support the management of sustainability. In addition to legislation, we follow sustainability principles that are embedded into our policies and development is guided by Sanoma group policies, guidelines and commitments.

We constantly develop responsibility in our supply chain

To provide products and services to our customers, we cooperate with a vast number of suppliers and vendors every day. Suppliers include transportation and distribution services, raw materials and supplies, royalties, printing and paper. We also use vendors for providing consultants. 

We expect ethical and responsible conduct from our suppliers. Ensuring a sustainable supply chain begins from selecting suppliers. Our Know Your Counterparty (KYC) process identifies the risks of doing business with third parties by looking at their ownership, activities and role. 

Sanoma Supplier Code of Conduct (the Supplier Code) sets out the ethical standards and responsible business principles our suppliers are required to comply with and expected to also apply to their employees, affiliates and sub-contractors. All new suppliers go through Sanoma’s source-tocontract solution, which incorporates the Supplier Code as a mandatory step for successful selection.

The Sanoma-WhistleB reporting hotline enables Sanoma Group employees, customers and business partners to report suspicions of supply chain misconduct confidentially and anonymously.

Our good financial performance and position support sustainable development

During the past five years, Sanoma has focused its business on its strongholds and divested businesses, in which it did not have a leading position or a sustainable competitive advantage. Successful strategy execution has also strengthened the Group’s financial position, performance and ability to distribute positive economic impact. Our good financial performance and position support sustainable development
and the economic added value we have in society.

Annually, we also support carefully selected partners with donations to strengthen our positive impact on society and local communities. Sanoma’s Annual General Meeting decides the amount of our non-profit donations and authorises the Board of Directors to decide on the contributions. Consistent with our ethical standards, we are transparent about our contributions and do not make donations to political movements or representatives nor to purposes that are unethical or illegal. We comply with applicable laws and regulations in making donations and ensure that there is no misuse or corrupt purposes. 

Supporting Sustainable Development Goals

Our sustainability actions for responsible business practices support these UN SDGs.
8 Decent work and economic growth
17 Partnerships for the goals
What are UN SDGs?

We support sustainable economic growth through our role as employer and tax-payer throughout Europe. Our employees range from diverse backgrounds and we offer young employees opportunities to develop.

We engage with our stakeholders and suppliers to meet our sustainability goals. We also annually support carefully selected partners with donations to strengthen our positive impact on society and local communities.

Read more about the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on  Commitments.