Code of Conduct

The code of conduct is based on the fundamental core values of KI. The code clarifies responsibilities of co-workers and what is expected of each individual.

A good working environment is an important condition for Karolinska Institutet to achieve the objective of being one of the top universities in the world. KI:s workplace shall be characterised by professional leadership and teamwork, participation, transparency and permitting attitudes and approaches. The working environment shall promote a sense of security, well-being and health. All employees shall be treated with respect. KI does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimization. 

The code of conduct is based on the fundamental core values of KI. The code clarifies the responsibilities of all co-workers at KI and what is expected of each individual, mainly from a psychosocial work environment perspective. 

The term “co-worker” denotes all those active at KI, whether they be employees or non-employees, such as scholarship holders and other affiliates. 

The code below is a clarification of employeeship and a complement to legislation, agreements as well as internal rules and guidelines. Further information and explanations will be found in the document “Instructions in respect of the code of conduct”.

Code of Conduct

  1. I will take responsibility for being aware of and complying with the legislation and internal rules and guidelines that apply to my specific work and position. 
  2. I shall set a good example. I will treat everybody with respect and consideration, and I have a professional approach when interacting with others. 
  3. I shall not cause or contribute in any way to discrimination, harassment or offensive treatment, whether it is based on a person's gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. The same applies to bullying or other victimization regardless of cause. 
  4. I will notify my immediate superior, other superior or the local or central HR office if I perceive that discrimination, harassment or offensive treatment has taken place amongst my colleagues. I can also contact a safety delegate and equal treatment representative in the same matter. 
  5. I will notify my immediate superior if I, due to a close relationship with a colleague/co-worker, am at risk of causing a conflict of interest or other situation that may affect the overall confidence in KI as an authority and employer. 
  6. I am aware that the ability and willingness to contribute to a good atmosphere in the workplace and to interact with colleagues and students in a positive and respectful manner are criteria that can affect individual salaries and/or career development. 
  7. I am aware of the fact that behaviours and actions which violate legislation and internal rules or guidelines may result in changed duties, disciplinary actions or in extreme cases, dismissal from employment or termination of affiliation to KI. 


How do new employees sign the Code of Conduct?

New employees will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct statement in the digital onboarding package.

Why do we have a Code of Conduct at KI?

We all share responsibility for our work environment and contribute to a positive work atmosphere. This is in line with the human centered core values of Strategy 2030.

According to the regulations of Swedish Work Environment Authority, Statute Book about Organizational and social work environment (AFS 2015:4) and the Discrimination Act (2008:567), KI has a responsibility to promote a good work environment as well as equal rights.

Status of Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is a decision by president (Rule, 1-640/2014).

How do new employees sign the code of conduct?

New employees will be asked to sign the statement in the digital on-boarding program.

In what way may the code of conduct be integrated in operations?

The departments are expected to involve the Code of Conduct in their daily operations and forums, such as meetings on department and team level as well as research group meetings and safety committee meetings and the annual performance reviews.

Ensuring a good work environment is the responsibility of the formal leader/manager. However, all employees have a responsibility to contribute to this work.