In some cases, gifts and hospitality are part of building business relationships and engaging with stakeholders. According to Metsä Group’s guidance, appropriate gifts should be of a nominal value and hospitality of a reasonable value.
It is strictly forbidden to accept, offer or promise gifts or hospitality that might influence or appear to influence decision-making. It is important to recognise that gifts and hospitality can under certain circumstances be considered as corruption or create conflicts of interest, especially when dealing with public officials.
Any gifts and hospitality must always comply with applicable laws, have legitimate business interest and be transparent and proportionate in the context of Metsä Group’s business activities. Metsä Group personnel must reject offers and never offer any gifts or hospitality in breach of these key principles.