Royal Unibrew works against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery. Our activities must always be in compliance with existing anti-corruption legislation, irrespective of geographical area.
According to Royal Unibrew’s Ethics Policy, our employees are not allowed to offer or accept bribes or any improper payments for personal or corporate gain. Disciplinary actions will be taken if an employee is involved in bribery.
Royal Unibrew’s business relations with key suppliers and partners are subject to requirements for compliance with anti-corruption legislation at the same level as Royal Unibrew’s compliance.
All new employees receive Royal Unibrew’s Ethics Policy in connection with their introduction to Royal Unibrew. In 2018, all employees with responsibility for sales in areas outside the EU were individually trained in Royal Unibrew’s Ethics Policy when joining the Company, and annual training is made of all these employees.
Requirements for compliance with anti-corruption rules corresponding to Royal Unibrew’s Ethics Policy have been incorporated into all new agreements with distributors and key suppliers in 2018, who are required to comply herewith. Follow-up on the compliance with the anti-corruption rules was performed at status meetings with distributors and key suppliers.
Royal Unibrew is exposed to non-compliance with anti-corruption legislation through employees’, suppliers’ and partners’ violations, and is also exposed to potential legal and financial implications of such non-compliance.
It is Royal Unibrew’s objective to avoid any violation of the anti-corruption rules internally as well as with its external partners.
Royal Unibrew did not note any violations of Royal Unibrew’s anti-corruption rules in 2018.
Royal Unibrew’s business must always be conducted in full compliance with existing local and international competition law; irrespective of the place of operation.
Royal Unibrew’s competition law compliance program comprises a manual and guidelines, and includes regular training and follow-up towards relevant employees, e.g. through regular internal controls.
As part of Royal Unibrew’s competition law compliance program, we continued monitoring developments in competition law and updated our compliance program in 2018. Moreover, in 2018 we carried on our continuous training of executives and sales and purchasing staff in applicable rules, performed regular, internal controls and ensured compliance with the competition rules in connection with negotiating and entering into contracts.
Royal Unibrew is exposed to non-compliance with competition law through employees’ violations of the competition rules in the countries in which Royal Unibrew sells and distributes its products.
It is Royal Unibrew’s objective to avoid any violation of the competition rules.
Royal Unibrew did not note any violations of competition law in 2018.
Tax policy and tax payment
Royal Unibrew operates in a number of predominately European countries and is therefore subject to both national and international tax rules. At the same time, the nature of Royal Unibrew’s business implies that both direct and excise duties are paid in the individual markets. Through its tax payments, Royal Unibrew contributes positively to society in the respective countries – as it does by creating jobs and using predominately local suppliers.
The following general principles apply to Royal Unibrew’s management of tax issues:
- Royal Unibrew pays taxes on its activities in the countries in which the activities are carried out, and no special tax structures for the purpose of tax optimization are applied.
- Royal Unibrew always endeavors to live up to national and international tax legislation and sets out to enter into an open and constructive dialogue with the tax authorities.
- Royal Unibrew has an internal organization which monitor, and control procedures designed to ensure compliance with tax legislation.
- Royal Unibrew wants to communicate openly and fairly about its tax policy and tax payments.
Mismanagement of tax issues may lead to a negative image with investors and business partners in general and may lead to higher tax costs.
In 2018, Royal Unibrew updated its processes and documentation of tax legislation compliance in all the countries in which the Company operates.
Royal Unibrew was not involved in any cases of non-compliance with tax legislation in 2018.
In 2018, the effective tax rate was 22% of profit for the year (2017: 21%). Royal Unibrew paid corporation tax of DKK 251 million on its operating activities (2017: DKK 246 million). In addition to that, Royal Unibrew’s activities generate other considerable tax payments, including excise duties on beer, mineral water and other items, VAT, personal taxes and social security contributions. The total contribution through taxes in 2018 amounted to DKK 5.0 billion (2017: 4.7. billion). Primarily, the increase in tax contribution relates to changes in excise duties and VAT. Moreover, the acquisitions and the positive result for the group also resulted in higher company taxes.