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Sustainable business practice - The Transparency Act

Airport Retail Group (ARG)’s vision is to become the leading operator of airport retail stores, department stores and outlets in the Northern European area. Our mission is to offer our customers the latest range of Duty Free, Fashion and Accessories. A combination of high-profile brands and typical "value for money", quality products.
This entails a great responsibility and ARG is committed to being socially and environmentally responsible for all our actions. We take this responsibility towards all our customers who buy our products and towards our suppliers who participate in the production or distribution of our products.

As a retail company, we recognise that our activities have an environmental and social impact, stemming from the products we sell and how we operate our stores.    

ARG's environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy is to conduct business in a way that minimizes negative impacts on people and the planet and contributes positively to society.  This strategy includes ongoing efforts to map our ESG impact and to define goals and actions for how we can improve negative impacts. 
Our business includes certifications such as the Eco-Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårn) and membership in “Grønt Punkt Norge”. We work continuously and structured to improve.

Based on our commitment, we have set up Airport Retail Group's Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) to make our position clear to all our suppliers. The CoC for suppliers is an agreement on responsible business conduct, and all our suppliers must sign and commit to the CoC.

The CoC principles reflect ARG's ethical principles and our ESG strategy. We require that international human rights are respected and that our contracting parties do not contribute to violations of these. The Contracting Party shall also ensure that employees' wages satisfy the minimum wage requirements, that working hours comply with applicable national legislation and that employees have the opportunity for adequate rest. In addition to human rights, the CoC includes environmental requirements and anti-corruption requirements.
The Transparency Act
The Act shall promote companies' respect for fundamental human rights and decent working conditions in connection with the production of goods and the provision of services. This applies to the company's own business, business partners, suppliers and the suppliers' value chain.
The law requires the businesses to carry out so-called due diligence assessments to understand the risk of possible breaches - and to introduce measures where necessary. Furthermore, the business has a duty to inform about how we perform the due diligence assessments and the results of these.
The due diligence process
It is important that ARG can verify that both its own and our suppliers' operations are conducted without jeopardizing fundamental human rights and decent working conditions. ARG has therefore conducted a survey to understand and identify the risks and vulnerabilities that exist for our suppliers' employees and at the lower levels of the supply chain.

This survey formed the basis for our further investigations and the due diligence process. Due diligence is risk-based, which means that we have prioritised areas where we have identified potential high risks and where we can have the most positive impact. 

We have made the same assessment of our other contracting parties.
The mapping and risk classification have not identified actual negative consequences or significant risks of negative impacts on human rights through the due diligence assessment.
In our own organisation, human rights and working conditions have received increased attention in health, safety and environment work, project planning, employee dialogues and competence enhancement processes.
Read the full account of due diligence under the Transparency Act here: "Åpenhetsloven signert"
If you have any questions about how ARG works to ensure human rights and decent working conditions at our business partners and in the supply chain, please contact post@airportretail.no