2021-06-19
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Non-governmental organizations and Belarusian diaspora have repeatedly appealed to clients of the Belarusian Steel Works (BMZ), including Sсandia Steel Baltic, a part of the Swedish company Scandia Steel owned by the Storskogen foundation, drawing their attention to the violations of workers’ rights at BMZ and its non-compliance with Scandia Steel’s ethical standards.

“We take all allegations of human rights violations seriously, whether in relation to our own operations or our business relations. We share your concerns over the reported treatment of workers,” Scandia Steel stated in a response to the Professional Union of Belarusians in Britain on 18 June 2021.

Scandia Steel’s board of directors considered this issue and decided “to phase out BMZ as a supplier and to suspend future procurement orders to BMZ.”