SEK wants to contribute to positive social development. We therefore conduct our business according to recommendations from international organizations and through our own policies. Our actions shall be characterized by social responsibility and good morals.

SEK’s focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) encompasses a number of issues, such as environmental responsibility and corruption issues as well as questions on human rights and labor conditions.

International recommendations

A number of international policies exist concerning the responsibility that companies have for society and sustainable development. The OECD guidelines, for instance, list recommendations concerning the environment, corruption, human rights and labor conditions. Furthermore, the United Nations has developed the UN Global Compact with 10 principles on corporate responsibility. 

In addition, a number of large banks have developed principles for environmental and social issues when financing various projects. SEK continues to follow the development of these and other guidelines and acts accordingly.

SEK’s own guidelines

SEK’s own guidelines set out its focus on continuously developing its corporate social responsibility. SEK’s environmental policy requires an environmental assessment to be carried out in export projects where a negative environmental impact might occur. SEK also has ethical guidelines concerning corruption, based position that SEK's position that it does nottolerate employees accepting or giving bribes for their own or for the company’s benefit. We require all loan applicants to certify in writing that no bribes are involved in the transaction for which they are applying.

Global challenge

SEK also participates together with other organizations and companies in the project Global Challenge project, which highlights the challenges that Sweden faces in an increasingly globalized world.