Article: How we counter corruption
Getting a product onto Systembolaget’s shelves can be highly lucrative. And wherever there’s money involved, there is risk of corruption. Which is why ethics and anti-corruption are two of Systembolaget’s most important areas of responsibility.
Ethics and anti-corruption are important for all companies. And the fact that we are a State-owned company that sells alcohol via a retail monopoly makes this work even more important.
“Bribegate” must never happen again
Everything from the products that Systembolaget buys in to the way in which they are displayed on the stores’ shelves can play a big part in how many bottles are sold. All of which increases the risk of our employees being exposed to various kinds of pressure, and we work to counteract this in a variety of ways. A bribery scandal of the kind discovered thirteen years ago, during which a number of store managers were prosecuted for bribery offences, must never happen again. We work in a number of different ways to counter corruption and to highlight ethical challenges:
- Systembolaget has a purchasing process in which the same terms are applied to all drinks suppliers – with no exceptions.
- The way products are displayed on the shelves is anything but random. We apply centrally approved display and placement rules that are adhered to by all of our stores.
- Systembolaget also has an external whistleblowing system to enable us to discover and address any improprieties. This system enables both our employees and external parties, such as suppliers, to report serious improprieties anonymously.
- All reports received, by whatever channel, are forwarded to Systembolaget’s Compliance Officer. This ensures a good overview of the incidents reported and makes it easier for us to address any problems at an early stage.
Ethics advisors and other tools
Systembolaget also has two ethics advisors to whom our employees can turn. All of our employees can discuss ethical issues and dilemmas with these advisors, and anonymity is guaranteed. Two ethics dialogues are also held for all managers every year at which a range of different subjects are discussed.