Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility

At NKT Photonics we believe in doing things the right way. We will always conduct our businesses in a responsible manner and target sustainable solutions with a view to ensuring continued success and growth.

NKT became signatory to the UN Global Compact in 2009 and provides a yearly Communication on Progress (COP) report on human and labour rights, environment and anti-corruption.

NKT’s work in the area of social responsibility has been formalised by the framework provided by the UN Global Compact and thus supports NKT’s mission of long-term value creation both in our businesses and in the international community. This is the only way to ensure future development and growth, as we see it.

The NKT Group is active worldwide and engages with numerous stakeholders representing a variety of interests, including employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, business partners and the communities in which we do business. We believe that establishing and maintaining standards with respect to human and labour rights, environment and anti-corruption will provide for a more sustainable business environment to the benefit of both NKT and our stakeholders.

The NKT Ethics Statement expresses our commitment to promoting Group-wide ethical standards, compliance and accountability. We demand and expect all persons or entities representing any part of NKT to act in compliance with these standards.

Human rights

We support and respect internationally proclaimed human rights and will not be complicit to abuses thereof.

Diversity and Non-discrimination
We perceive diversity as an important asset. We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity to our employees and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on religion, race, colour, gender, age, sexual orientation, political orientation, birthright or other status.

Freedom of Association
We support and will not interfere with our employees’ freedom to voluntarily establish and join organisations of their own choice, including labour unions.

Child Labour
We condemn and will not tolerate use of child labour.

Forced Labour
We condemn and will not tolerate use of forced labour, including involuntary prison labour.
If you want to know more, download our statement on Modern Slavery Act.

Health and Safety
We strive to provide each employee of NKT with a safe and healthy work environment and will implement precautionary measures to help protect our employees from work related hazards. We will develop a safety culture that will increase employee awareness of potential hazards and promote internal and external communication about workplace safety. In this way, the prevention of occupational accidents and health impairments or even cases of illness is increased in addition to compliance with legal requirements.

Business integrity

We will act with integrity in our dealings with others.

We will comply with applicable laws and regulations.

Fair Trading
Our business results and competitiveness shall be achieved through ethical and legal business practices. We will not participate in unfair trading and illicit anti-trust activities.

We condemn and will not participate in bribery or other corrupt and fraudulent practices.

Money Laundering
We will not be complicit to money laundering activities.


We are committed to working towards preservation of the environment through sustainable business processes.

We will comply with all applicable environmental regulations.

We will strive to reduce consumption of resources and to limit emission of pollutants from our business activities.

We will handle waste conscientiously in an environmentally safe manner and employ recycling programmes.

The sustainability and competitiveness of our business will be based on ongoing efforts to develop, employ and promote environmentally friendly products and processes.

We will monitor and assess the impact of our business on the environment within selected key areas.

Whistle blower hotline

Your willingness to come forward and report unethical behavior is important to NKT Photonics. Therefore, employees and members of the boards, customers, suppliers, collaborators, business partners and others related to NKT Photonics, are encouraged to come forward with their concerns.

Contact the Whistle-blower Hotline  where you can report either online or by telephone.

The website is operated by Got Ethics, a third-party provider. It is not an emergency service and must be used for reports such as:

  • Serious financial crime
  • Serious breach of environmental, health and/or safety regulations
  • Serious offences directed towards and employee or a business partner

Code of conduct

Honesty and reliability are our core values and conducting responsible business in the heart of all our actions. We are committed to responsible and ethical behaviour and, as an active corporate citizen, we embrace a value-based approach to the way we conduct business around the world.

We are present in a number of countries worldwide and thereby support communities in those markets by creating jobs, growth and a range of government revenues. We will continue to develop our business in a way that benefits our company as well as the communities and economies upon which we depend for future growth.

Our primary economic contribution is the result of our production and sales and we ensure that profits are generated and that taxes and duties are paid.

Respect, responsibility and professionalism are essential behaviours when it comes to applying our business conduct. This goes for every one of us, no matter what we do and where we work in the organisation.

AT Photonics we respect and comply with applicable laws and regulations, including international laws, and require our employees and business partners to do likewise.

We want to do right, in everything we do!

Download our Code of Conduct

In our Code of Conduct, we have described our business ethics and integrity; our policies on data security, anti-corruption and product compliance; how we take care of the environment; how we acknowledge human rights; and our compliance handling procedures.

If you want to know more, please download our Business Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct in English

Code of Conduct in German

Code of Conduct in French

Code of Conduct in Chinese

Code of Conduct in Danish