NCC Compass

NCC Compass is our internal tool and resource to make it easier for employees to follow our values and code of conduct.

At NCC, the very foundation of our operations is reflected in our values and our code of conduct. But it can sometimes prove difficult to understand how one is to apply our code of conduct or our values in a particular situation.

For this reason we have developed something we call NCC Compass. It is a tool that makes it easier for all NCC employees to make the right decision and determine how they should act in accordance with our code of conduct.

NCC Compass provides specific guidelines in some important areas of NCC’s code of conduct.

Why do we need NCC Compass?

Of course it all seems very simple. All you have to do is stick to the rules and it will be just fine. But it is never really quite that simple, and we have all been in situations in which we were unsure of what to do, unsure of what would be right. This is where NCC Compass comes into the picture.

The purpose of NCC Compass is to explain, clarify, and simplify how we live up to our code of conduct. It was conceived to make it easy to follow the rules and make the right decision in a given situation.

What does it include?

The content in NCC Compass initially builds on an evaluation of NCC overall. Every business area has free-standing, defined issues in which guidelines are necessary.

NCC Compass provides guidelines as to the correct course of action when it comes to both external and internal relations.

NCC Compass includes, among other things, the following functions to provide support to the organization:

Ask Me– a Q&A function

What is the right thing to do? The question is not always an easy one. In NCC Compass, NCC has tried to provide guidelines, but in some cases this is not enough – the question remains nonetheless – what is the right thing to do? We have trained a number of individuals we call Navigators to answer any possible questions that may come up concerning our code of conduct.  This makes it possible to have an answer before taking an action in NCC.

Tell Me – a tool for reporting

As an employee at NCC, you may experience or otherwise receive information concerning behavior in NCC that contradicts the code of conduct and our values; in such a case you should immediately:

1. Report this matter to your immediate manager

2. If for some reason you think it seems inappropriate or unsuitable to report the matter to your immediate manager, you can submit a report to the manager of the business area or personnel department in question

3. If you for some reason think that the issue is also not suitable for the business area manager/personnel manager, you can instead utilize the NCC Tell Me service. NCC guarantees that comments submitted will be handled as confidential information- i.e. anonymously –and your identity will not be revealed. In addition, a system for uniform handling within NCC of incidents has been developed for the purpose of instilling a process that is also secure for the person against whom a complaint is filed; in other words, nobody is automatically assumed guilty.

Example issues:

  • What applies in terms of rules concerning gifts and entertainment in conjunction with meetings with clients, official agencies, subcontractors, suppliers, consultants, and other external actors when NCC is hosting or attending an event?
  • And what applies when one is hosting or being hosted by customers, official agencies, subcontractors, suppliers, consultants, or other external actors?
  • NCC prohibits anti-competitive interactions between companies, and an individual company’s market positions may not be misused- but how can one determine what is permissible and what is not?
  • Employees and others acting on behalf of NCC must be free of conflicts of interest that may affect their judgment, objectivity or loyalty towards NCC. Therefore, any conflicts of interest must immediately be reported to management. In certain cases, such activity may require advance approval from NCC, but if you are unsure as to whether what you are doing or planning to do presents a conflict of interests, then you should turn to NCC Compass.

If you have questions concerning how NCC works with NCC Compass and NCC’s code of conduct, please contact Gunnar Bäckström, Group Compliance Officer.

Industry agreement to combat bribery and corruption

NCC has joined forces with SALAR, Byggherrarna, the Swedish Construction Federation and several other construction companies to draw up new guidelines clarifying the conduct rules that apply in the publicly funded construction and real estate sector.

Representatives of the construction and real estate sector and public sector clients such as municipalities and county councils have noted a need to improve preventive work in the area of ethical issues. In response, on December 9, 2015 they launched an agreement to combat bribery and corruption (ÖMK).

The aim of the agreement is to give practical help on doing the right thing, through examples and ethical guidelines for suppliers and clients in the publicly funded construction and real estate sector.

The new rules on collaboration have been designed to meet the wider world’s demand for greater transparency and moderation in business relations.

The agreement unites the construction and real estate sector and ensures that all parties know the rules that apply between suppliers and clients in the publicly funded construction and real estate sector. The working group that developed the agreement comprises: Byggherrarna, JM AB, NCC AB, Peab AB, Skanska Sverige AB, SALAR, the Swedish Construction Federation and Veidekke Sverige AB, with support from the Swedish Anti-corruption Institute (IMM). Read more about the agreement here.

Gunnar Bäckström

Group Compliance Officer, NCC Group

NCC Code of Conduct

Please find more information about the NCC Code of Conducts here.