Our company is committed to reducing our environmental impact and enhancing social responsibility.
We hold several certifications, including BRC, EKO, Kosher, Halal, KRAV, FSSC22000, IFS Food, Bio Suisse and the Organic label, which demonstrate our commitment to quality, food safety, and sustainability.
We operate in a socially responsible manner by following ISO 26000 guidelines and conducting annual audits to ensure compliance. We also conduct our own audits on significant material flows within our supply chains in Sweden, Finland, and Poland.
To uphold ethical trade practices, we demand SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) audits from our suppliers in certain countries.
Our Code of Conduct is based on the ten principles of the UN Global Compact initiative, which are founded on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO's fundamental conventions on labor rights, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the UN Convention against Corruption.
Our financial report for 2022–2023 shows a turnover of 698 million SEK and a profit before taxes of 32 million SEK. We prioritize responsible employment and have over 200 skilled and knowledgeable professionals working for us.
Upholding ethical business practices is a top priority at Polarica, which is why we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of corruption. Our managers are trained in anti-corruption measures while guidelines for accepting gifts from suppliers have been put in place so they can stay compliant.
To ensure complete transparency in our finances, accounting records undergo thorough reviews by two individuals for suspicious expense detection. All Polarica employees also have access to an anonymous whistleblowing channel that makes it possible for quick reporting of any potential misbehavior.
In instances where there are suspicions or concerns regarding corruption within our operations or supply chain, prompt and decisive action is taken. We diligently gather all pertinent information before engaging with the affected parties, while ensuring complete cooperation with law enforcement agencies during their investigations. Our primary objective is to achieve a swift resolution, if necessary, by implementing appropriate measures such as employee terminations or process adjustments.
Polarica strives to ensure that its berry pickers receive a fair and reasonable minimum income. The company adheres to all regulatory requirements and expects its partners to do the same. In countries outside the Nordic region, Polarica seeks to ensure that the berry pickers used by its suppliers receive a minimum income by using third-party audits and various certifications.
In Sweden, berry pickers are considered employees of Polarica’s subcontractor. There is a minimum wage in Sweden, which is defined as a gross salary and is directly set by the collective bargaining agreement. Polarica in Sweden purchases berry picking services from another company, and the pickers are employed by that company, which provides the service to Polarica.
Polarica verifies that the minimum wage is paid to the pickers at the company and compensates the company if necessary to ensure that the pickers receive a fair minimum wage.
In Finland the berry pickers pick berries under Everyman’s rights. The picker's income is based on the market price per kilogram of berries purchased by Polarica. Polarica aims to keep expenses deducted from the picker's income as low as possible to the extent that Polarica can influence them.
Polarica monitors the pickers' gross and net income during the season and reviews it with them if difficulties arise in achieving the minimum income. Experienced pickers provide guidance to new pickers to ensure equal opportunities for all. Polarica utilizes support functions such as berry surveys to locate good picking spots. If a picker falls ill, Polarica covers the costs of accommodation and transportation.
Polarica offers an advance payment that covers around 80% of the cost of visas and airfare in Thailand to reduce the need for pickers to borrow money at high interest rates. This advance payment is deducted from the picker's gross income during the season, but there is no interest or other costs associated with it for the pickers. This policy has been in place for more than ten years.
If after deducting expenses the accumulated income is not enough to reach the minimum net income - defined by regulation of both Finland and Thailand - Polarica compensates the picker.
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