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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Unconscious bias training or similar DEI training
Employees Skills for the future: Talent attraction and retention
Employment terms Employees are paid at least a living wage
Employment terms Employment practice
Employment terms Human rights management
Employment terms Retirement contribution: Amount spent by the employer on employee defined benefit pension plans, defined-contribution pension plans, or other retirement plans. Found under Income Statement.
Employment terms Employee rights
Gender diversity & inclusion Fair and inclusive workplace
Health & Safety Formal health and safety policy commitment
Health & Safety Regular health and safety training programmes for employees
Health & Safety Targets to reduce health and safety incidents
Health & Safety Lost-time incident rate (LTIR) rate
Health & Safety Good health and well-being
Labour Management Initiatives for talent development
Labour Management Job-specific training programs
Labour Management Non-compensation benefits (healthcare, mental health care, wellness programs, etc)
Labour Management Non-compensation benefits and work-life balance
Responsible tax Total tax paid: The total global tax borne by the company, including corporate income taxes, property taxes, non-creditable VAT and other sales taxes, employer-paid payroll taxes, and other taxes that constitute costs to the company, by category of taxes.
Responsible tax Tax strategy
Suppliers Supply chain management
Suppliers Risk for incidents of child, forced or compulsory labour. An explanation of the operations and suppliers considered to have significant risk for incidents of child labour, forced or compulsory labour. Such risks could emerge in relation to: a) type of operation (such as manufacturing plant) and type of supplier; and b) countries or geographic areas with operations and suppliers considered at risk.

Topic Disclosure Metric 2022 2021 2020
Employees Total number of employees Headcount 2 317 2 044 -
Employees Total number of workers who are not employees Headcount 252 - -
Employees Employee turnover % 24,8% 15,5% -
Employees New hires 527 217 -
Employees Sick leave % 5,7% 5,5% 3,9%
Health & Safety Total number of accidents LTA 21 11 5
Health & Safety Work-related fatalities - - -
Gender diversity & inclusion Gender among all employees (ratio male:female)* % 43:57 43:57 -
Gender diversity & inclusion Gender among senior leaders (ratio male:female) % 56:44 - -
Gender diversity & inclusion Gender in BoD (ratio male:female) % 75:25 - -
Gender diversity & inclusion Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men (managers) % 88% - -
Gender diversity & inclusion Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men (employees) % 98% - -
Responsible tax Total tax contribution (SEK million) 127 74 -
Donations Total donations and other contributions (SEK million) 1 0.5 -


* Breakdown does not include companies acquired in 2022

More information – Social

At Asker we believe that equality, diversity and inclusion are an important contributors to our success and long-term competitiveness. All local companies are obliged to actively work for, and maintain, an inclusive workplace and business culture founded on the equal value of all people. An important way to achieve this is offering employees unconscious bias training or similar DEI training.

Read more in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement.

The ability to attract and retain talented leaders and employees is a key factor for our company’s future success. Therefore, we are actively searching for talents within and outside of our industry. We believe that a diverse workforce where we are able to unite knowledge from many backgrounds will lead to even better business results. We are also committed to creating a fair and safe workplace with a high retention rate and a strong employer brand.

Asker Healthcare Group has operations in Europe, where most countries have national minimum wages. In Sweden, where Asker is headquartered, collective bargaining agreements are used to determine minimum compensation and other basic terms of employment.

Asker applies national based compensation determination in accordance with our commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in compliance with local labour laws and collective agreements. All our companies shall work actively to even out any known structural differences in compensation between genders.

We outline our definitions of fair employment practices in our HR policy. This refers to all activities related to recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, demotion, discipline or termination of an employee.

Read more in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement and the Work environment, Health and Safety Policy Statement.

We have a responsibility that the products we sell are of high quality, produced under good labour and environmental conditions and that ultimately, we safeguard human rights within our supply chains.
Read more in the Sustainability Report

Asker Healthcare Group has operations in Europe, where employee rights, such as anti-discrimination and job security, are regulated for all EU citizens by the European labour law. Non-EU countries in Europe have similar national regulations.

All employees in Asker Healthcare Group must have the same rights, obligations and opportunities irrespective of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, age or family responsibilities. Read more in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement.

Asker is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees, consultants, sub-contractors or others working on our behalf, and has a zero vision when it comes to accidents. Read more in the Work environment, Health and Safety Policy Statement.

We believe that people excel when given the chance to take responsibility and to have the chance to learn new things, take on new tasks and grow as individuals as well as a team.

At Asker we are committed to investing in learning and development of all employees and recognizes how crucial it is for long term business success. Asker encourages all its companies to offer formal training, in close connection to business needs.

Asker also offers both digital and physical trainings via the Asker Business School.

Read more about Asker Business School.

Performance and competence development are key focus areas at Asker. All employees receive on the job training specific to their work advancement, and new employees participate in an introductory training.

In all countries where we operate we fulfil the mandatory social security and health insurance requirements. When we operate in countries where we identify that the medical coverage from public healthcare and social insurance could be insufficient (e.g. China, India, Malaysia), we provide additional medical insurance for our employees.

Asker Healthcare Group is headquartered in Sweden, which has a social insurance system that includes a number of benefits, such as health insurance, benefits in respect of accidents at work and occupational diseases, and family benefits and parental insurance. The system is publicly funded. Sweden also has generous benefits regarding paid time off (PTO). Examples are the parental benefit system and the minimum of 25 days paid annual leave.

Many of the European countries where Asker’s companies reside, such as Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, have similar social insurance benefits and minimum annual leave.