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Sweden – Staffing Association addresses ethics breach

30 October 2013

The Board of Directors for the Swedish Staffing Association (Bemanningsfӧretagen) convened on the 22 October to address claims from recruitment firm ActivPersonal AB that another recruitment firm AC Personal 2.0 has breached the industry’s code of conduct.

AC Personal 2.0 was launched in April 2012 and the company is located in central Helsingborg.

According to the Staffing Association’s Code of Ethics, members are required to respect their competitors’ business relationships and seek to promote free and open competition through proper business conduct in relation to other members’ contractual relations.

While specific details of the violation were not released, it is understood that the two recruitment companies had an industry agreement whereby some restrictions were placed on AC Personal's recruitment practices.

The Staffing Association's Board released the following statement: “It cannot be considered compatible with good ethics in the staffing industry to break recruitment restrictions previously agreed between companies. The matter is thus concluded.” 

The purpose of the Staffing Association’s Code of Ethics is to promote good ethical standards within the staffing industry. Violations are reported to the Swedish Staffing Association Board. In cases of serious or repeated infringements the Board may decide that the member is to be expelled from the association. 

N.B. Staffing Industry Analysts had previously stated that AC Personal 2.0 had been banned from the Swedish Staffing Association. This was incorrect.  

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