B2Holding expects its Business Partners to conduct their business in an ethical manner and act with integrity.
Approved by the Board of Directors of B2Holding ASA on 16.09.2021, reviewed and approved by Group CLC&HRO on 15.09.2022.
B2Holding ASA and its subsidiaries (jointly referred to as “B2Holding” or the “Group” and local subsidiary referred to as “Business Unit”) are committed to be a “trusted and innovative partner that actively re-shapes the credit management industry in all markets” where the Group operates.
B2Holding acts in accordance with its Code of Conduct and Policies, which outline the core values of the Group. In particular, when conducting business with Business Partners, B2Holding is committed, among others:
- To comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures
- To act with integrity and openness,
- To demonstrate fairness and transparency in its dealings with individuals and organisations,
- To disclose any perceived or real conflicts of interest,
- To encourage fair and open competition while seeking value for money and innovative solutions,
- To adopt procurement processes to make it easy to do business,
- To protect and prevent the release of commercial-in-confidence information,
- To not seek, or accept, any financial or non-financial benefits from potential, current or past Business Partners,
- To respond to reasonable requests for advice and information, including tender debriefings and
- To investigate complaints.
B2Holding expects its Business Partners to operate with comparable values and to conduct their business in an ethical manner and act with integrity.
2. PURPOSE, SCOPE AND APPLICATION
The Business Partners Code of Conduct (referred to as the “Code”) outlines the ethical standards, principles and behaviours B2Holding expects from its Business Partners when conducting business with or on behalf of B2Holding.
3. NOTIFICATION, BREACH REPORTING AND NON-COMPLIANCE
This Code shall be made available to all Business Partners. B2Holding expects all Business Partners to comply and ensure compliance with all the values outlined therein while conducting business with or on behalf of B2Holding.
Business Partners shall promptly inform their B2Holding contact or a member of B2Holding Management about any breach of this Code and/or about any corrupt, illegal or unethical conduct. Business Partners can report identified or suspected irregularities using B2Holding’s Whistleblowing channel which can be accessed on: https://report.whistleb.com/b2holding.
B2Holding reserves the right to take measures in order to verify a Business Partners’ compliance with this Code. In case of non-compliance with this Code, or demonstrated corrupt, illegal or unethical conduct, B2Holding reserves the right to seek corrective actions.
Non-compliance with this Code may lead, among others, B2Holding:
- To not enter into a business relationship with the Business Partners,
- To suspend or terminate the existing agreements or contracts with the Business Partners,
- To initiate an investigation and/or
- To refer or report the case to the competent authorities.
Business Partners – includes Vendors, Clients, Suppliers, Investors, and more generally any third party with which B2Holding does business.
Clients – companies (primarily banks and financing companies, but also telecom operators, retail and utility companies) to which B2Holding is providing debt related services, acting on their behalf.
Employees – all B2Holding directors, officers, staff, temporary workers, interns, consultants, contractors or any other persons who are or were employed by a Business Unit or otherwise works or worked for B2Holding, regardless of the duration of their employment contract, the type of relationship or geographical location.
Investors – financial entities co-investing in debt portfolios together or in cooperation with B2Holding.
Suppliers – any natural or legal person and their employees, agents, representatives and subcontractors who supply goods and services to B2Holding.
Vendors – companies (primarily banks and financing companies, but also telecom operators, retail and utility companies) selling debt portfolios to B2Holding.
5. BUSINESS PARTNERS’ EXPECTED VALUES
B2Holding expects its Business Partners to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements regarding ethics including, among others:
Compliance with Laws
Business Partners shall comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations of the jurisdictions in which they operate.
Money laundering, corruption and other fraudulent action
Business Partners shall be neither fictitious, nor involved in money laundering crime or corruption activities, nor included on any sanctions list/s or black list/s by trade organisations, consumer rights protection authorities or similar organisations for providing non-serious business.
Unfair and abusive practices
Business Partners shall use fair pricing practices or charge fee or interest that are comply with the local laws. The Business Partners shall neither use lending terms that can be regarded as offensive, abusive or deviate from market rates, offer consumer loans with a short duration against a high interest rate, nor pursue aggressive sales or lending methods for their products or services in a way that can be considered unfair.
Gifts, hospitality and other benefits
Business Partners shall not at any time offer or provide any inappropriate financial or non-financial benefits to B2Holding Employees. B2Holding Employees are not authorised to request inappropriate financial or non-financial benefits and are expected to decline such benefits.
Conflicts of interest
A conflict of interest can arise when a person’s business and private interests intersect. Private interests can include a person’s own professional and financial interests, as well as past and present associations with other individuals, groups, or family. Business Partners shall immediately report to B2Holding any conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived.
Confidentiality and intellectual property rights
Information provided by or collected from B2Holding is provided on a confidential basis, unless otherwise explicitly indicated, or the information is already in the public domain. The Business Partners shall respect and honour B2Holding’s confidentiality and intellectual property rights.
Business Partners shall conduct their activities toward B2Holding in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules, principles and requirements.
Workplace health and safety
Business Partners shall provide a safe work environment and integrate sound health and safety management practices into their business. They shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to workplace, health, and safety.
Labour and human rights
Business Partners shall provide a fair and ethical workplace and to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that businesses within their supply chain are not engaged in, or complicit with, human rights abuses.
Non-discrimination and diversity
Harassment or discrimination based, among others, on race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, shall not be tolerated. Business Partners shall provide a workplace free of harassment and discrimination, offer equal opportunity in employment, and foster diversity in their organisation.
Business Partners shall minimise the environmental impact of their operations and maintain environmentally responsible policies and practices.
6. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Chief Legal, Compliance and HR Officer is the owner of this Code.
Each local CEO is responsible for ensuring the local implementation and application of this Code in its Business Unit.
To ensure continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of this Code, the Chief Legal, Compliance and HR Officer shall review, update and/or revise it, as appropriate, on a yearly basis.
The Sustainability Committee, the Group Internal Auditor and the Chief Brand and Sustainability Officer shall be able to make proposals to improve or to foster the adaptation of this Code, and any changes to this Code shall be made available to the Business Partners.