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Promoting responsible business practices

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Our company culture and values were designed to guide our decisions, our way of working and the responsibility we have towards our customers and other stakeholders. We strive to bring these values to life in how we think, act, behave and communicate.

We promote responsible business practices

Nokia earns the trust of our customers and regulators through our commitment to promote ethical behavior and human rights as expressed in our Code of Conduct. The Code sets forth clear principles of business integrity and provides simple and direct guidance to our employees, suppliers, business partners on Nokia’s values and how to work successfully at and with Nokia.

We help our employees better understand and implement the Code in their daily work by providing training in ethical business practices, and work with our suppliers and business partners to ensure they are aware of our expectations.

We require employees and anyone working with Nokia to report any concerns about any suspected violations of our Code of Conduct, and we provide multiple channels to report such concerns.

Read more about the reporting channels and our Code of Conduct here

Our global employment policies

We have a fundamental responsibility to provide decent working conditions and to treat our people fairly. Our global employment policies demand high standards of ethical conduct and are aligned with the SA8000 Standard, and the common industry code of conduct. They cover:

  • Child labor avoidance
  • Forced labor avoidance
  • Freedom of association
  • Non-discrimination
  • Humane treatment
  • Working time
  • Compensation
  • Occupational health and safety.

At Nokia Networks, employees and contractors face inherent risks when installing and maintaining equipment and constructing base stations on behalf of our customers. We strive to ensure that all our employees and contractors are aware of the risks associated with their job and receive the necessary training and equipment to work safely – whether in the office or on site. Our health and safety management system is certified with the internationally recognized OHSAS 18001 standard.

We believe that organizing activities such as sports events, mindfulness exercises, and change coaching increases the well-being of our employees and helps us get the very best from them. Improvements in employee health and well-being can also translate into cost savings.

Find out more in the Nokia People & Planet Report 2015

We employ a diverse range of people from all backgrounds, experiences, levels of education, genders, ages, and nationalities

A diverse workforce helps us to innovate and improve our understanding of the markets where we operate, and provides a more inspiring workplace.  Click on the image to find out more about our employees.

We also support an initiative aimed at enabling more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines through the YFactor initiative. In addition to joining this initiative, we are recommending stronger implementation of gender-balanced practices and the encouragement of diverse teams within organizations.

We want to provide a great place to work for our employees

A motivated workforce is vital to our success. We want to create an inclusive working environment where everyone feels valued, motivated and inspired to reach their full potential. To support this aspiration, we provide development and training opportunities, competitive reward packages, equal opportunities and flexible working.

Our Academy learning center provides instructor as well as web based training. In addition to the training provided at the Academy, our training offering includes training arranged by our business units and third parties. Everyone at Nokia is encouraged to dedicate a minimum of 40 hours to learning every year.

We encourage employees to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP), agreed with their line manager, outlining how they will work towards their personal and career aspirations in the short and long term.

We use a global framework to set salary bands, which are applied regardless of gender, age, or background. Levels of compensation are determined by local labor markets and take into account both individual contribution and company performance.

Our employee reward and recognition program, Recognize Excellence, empowers employees and managers with a discretionary budget to perform peer-to-peer recognition and rewards. Aligned to and supported by the new values, this is designed to encourage more frequent and less formal ways of recognizing individual performance.

Read more in the Nokia People & Planet Report 2015

We support volunteering

Volunteering is an important part of our employee engagement and enables us to make meaningful contributions to the communities where we operate. By working with local communities and projects of their choice, our employees can learn new skills and gain new perspectives, and the communities benefit from the professionalism and experience of our employees. The Nokia Helping Hands program gives every Nokia employee the opportunity to volunteer two working days a year to support projects in the local community.

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