Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Orion is a globally operating Finnish pharmaceutical company - a builder of well-being. We develop, manufacture and market human and veterinary pharmaceuticals as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Orion is committed to responsible business conduct and strives to promote ethically approved practices. We support and adhere to the principles set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and support the principles in ILO conventions, and expect the same from our partners. We emphasize social, economic and environmental responsibility as well as fairness and transparency in our relationships with employees, partners, customers, authorities and other interest groups. Our key stakeholders’ trust in the company is of crucial importance for our ability to pursue business and to create added value in a sustainable manner.

Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of human rights. We have zero-tolerance to modern slavery and are fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities. We are also committed to ensuring that our supply chain partners shall not engage in or support any form of slavery or human trafficking.

Our Code of Conduct defines the Orion Group’s ethical practices and commitment to complying with laws, ethically approved practices and respect for human rights. Orion expects all its personnel to comply with the Code of Conduct and practices resulting from it. Correspondingly, our Third Party Code of Conduct applying to Orion’s partners defines the minimum requirements to which Orion expect partners to be committed. Both our Code of Conduct and Third Party Code of Conduct reflect our commitment to operating with integrity and high ethical standards in all our business relationships and to implementing systems and controls to ensure that slavery and human trafficking do not take place anywhere in our supply chain.

We are committed to sustainability in all our operations. As part of managing our supply chain, we monitor modern slavery and human trafficking risks based upon the industry in which we operate, and the geographic locations in which we conduct business and/or obtain materials necessary to provide products to our customers. We systematically manage our global supply chain and monitor our suppliers’ environmental, health, safety (EHS) and ethical compliance through assessment questionnaires and by undertaking risk-based sustainability audits, ensuring that necessary corrective actions are agreed with the supplier and monitoring implementation of actions.

We encourage employees and other stakeholders to report in good faith any concerns regarding slavery and human trafficking, as well as any other suspected misconduct of our company’s policies. We take any such reports seriously, investigate and take appropriate, case-specific measures to stop behaviour and activity violating our policies. Non-compliance with our policies may lead to employment dismissal or termination of our relationship with third parties.

To ensure awareness of our values and policies, we provide training to our staff, and our policies are available on our corporate website.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the Orion Group’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 December 2018.


Timo Lappalainen

President and CEO, Orion Corporation


The Statement, dated 26 March 2019, is available in a pdf file here.