Corporate Social Responsibility

How we work with CSR

Social responsibility is a vital part of Egmont's DNA. Our founder, Egmont Harald Petersen, came from humble beginnings, and he never forgot. To fulfil his last will, his family established the Egmont Foundation in 1920, converting Egmont's life's work and business into a foundation with a dual purpose: to develop media and to support vulnerable children and young people.

Today, we continue to work in a responsible manner, and every year we donate about EUR 13m to charitable activities through the Egmont Foundation, supporting vulnerable children and young people to an education and a good life. 

In addition to our charitable activities, we work with responsibility within three focus areas: our company, our employees and our supply chains.

Read the Egmont 2020 CSR Report

Our Company

Environment and climate
Business ethics
Whistleblowing
Supervisory boards
Charitable activities

Environment and climate

Egmont works to promote greater environmental responsibility. We expect our employees and business partners to take steps to work in a sustainable manner within six key areas: energy consumption, packaging, waste, chemicals, transportation and paper.

Go to Egmont Environmental Policy

Business ethics

Egmont launched a new Business Ethics Policy in 2019, which works as a guideline for legal an ethical conduct for our employees. The Policy guides to appropriate decision making and provides information about the options for seeking advice in the company. Egmont’s Business Ethics Policy covers areas such as anti-corruption and bribery, gifts and entertainment, competition law, illegal use of content and conflicts of interest. Egmont provides business ethics training for all relevant employees on an annual basis.

Whistleblowing

Egmont has a whistleblowing policy that includes an online whistleblowing system, where employees and external stakeholders can securely express their concerns about possible misconduct.

Go to Egmont Whistleblowing Policy

Supervisory boards

The target for all Danish Egmont supervisory boards are: The underrepresented gender shall constitute at least 1/3 of the members of the supervisory boards no later than by the end of 2024. The target has been met in all Egmont’s Danish companies except for Egmont Fonden and Egmont International Holding A/S, which only have one female board member elected by the annual meeting, pls. cf. page 13 in our CSR report 2019.

Charitable activities

Egmont is a foundation. Every year, we donate EUR 13 million to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Denmark and Norway.

Go to the Egmont Foundation

49 %

Females in management

EUR 12m

For charitable activities in 2020

Since 2013

Signatory to the UN Global Compact

Our Employees

Employee engagement
Diversity
Gender balance

Employee engagement

People are our most important asset, and it is one of Egmont’s strategic priorities to be people-driven. We conduct engagement surveys twice a year, and continuously invest in our leadership training to keep Egmont’s overall engagement rate at a high level.

Diversity

Egmont aims to have a diverse set of competencies. Diversity is not a matter of gender only, but can also include educational background, functional experience, cognitive perception, age, cultural and religious background etc.

Gender balance

Egmont wishes to employ the best qualified person, irrespective of gender. When recruiting or promoting employees, Egmont aims to identify both female and male candidates. Egmont’s total workforce currently consists of 48% women and 52% men. For the total management pool across the group, Egmont has a gender split of 49% women and 51% men.

CSR reports

Egmont’s reports on Corporate Social Responsibility

Go to Key Figures & Reports

Our Supply Chain

Egmont Social Compliance Programme
Egmont’s Code of Conduct
Social audits
Product safety and quality

Egmont Social Compliance Programme

The Egmont Social Compliance Programme focuses on responsible supply chain management and product safety and quality. We monitor third-party manufacturers’ social compliance level via social audits, on-going dialogue and inspections.

Go to Egmont Social Compliance Programme

Egmont’s Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct obligates suppliers and business partners that work for or with Egmont to observe minimum compliance and ethics standards that correspond to the UN Guiding Principles.

Go to Egmont’s Code of Conduct

Social audits

Part of Egmont’s work with responsible supply chain management is auditing of first tier or core manufacturers based on country risk assessment. All new and current suppliers need to go through an approval process to produce Egmont products and licensors’ products.

Product safety and quality

Egmont works with product safety and quality through the Egmont Social Compliance Programme to ensure that all our products are safe to use. This is especially important for products aimed at children. We have a comprehensive test and inspection programme to ensure that our products comply with applicable legislation.