Topas Explorer Group was founded in 1973. For decades we have been talking about a special “Topas spirit”. It is intangible but we recognize it, our guests and collaborators recognize it. It can be difficult to pin down precisely what a spirit is, but the Topas spirit has to do with respect and engagement towards each other and the environment that we share, whomever it is and wherever it is.
When Disko Line A/S was established in 2004 as part of Topas Explorer Group this spirit was integrated right from the beginning. The company’s mission is to provide a flexible traffic system that improves the connection between towns and settlements. It has always been natural for us as a company to acknowledge our imprint – both locally and globally – and to do our best to limit the negative impact and increase the positive impact where we can. The company is built on these core values. They are part of the company’s DNA.
So, whether we are talking about spirit or DNA, sustainability and social responsibility are corner stones of our way of working.
When we share our enthusiasm and respect for nature and people with guests and business partners, we can move towards shared goals. We strongly believe that our joint forces matter.
As a natural step forward in our aim to continuously work for a good, healthy and sustainable environment for employees, guests, partners and our natural surroundings around the globe, we have complied with the international standards stated by the UN Global Compact programme.
This means that we have adopted the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and integrated them into our daily work and strategies. They help us raise our level of awareness of sustainable efforts and guide us to the areas where we can invest our energy and resources with the greatest benefit for all.
On a yearly basis we evaluate the targets we set ourselves to achieve and adjust our plans as needed to continue our journey onward. Quarterly we revise our plans if needed.
The monitoring and measurement of each target and activity are carried out at least on a monthly basis – depending on how often it is relevant. All numbers measured are collected in one joint system – measuring the progress of both Topas Explorer Group and the individual companies. From this system all data analysis and reporting are done. It is our ambition that at least one employee has the ownership of each needed activity.
- Disko Line A/S support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
- Disko Line A/S make sure that we are not complicit in human rights abuses.
- Disko Line A/S uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective
- Disko Line A/S support the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour.
- Disko Line A/S support the effective abolition of child labour.
- Disko Line A/S support the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
- Disko Line A/S support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
- Disko Line A/S undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
- Disko Line A/S encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Disko Line A/S work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
Our Code of Conduct expresses the ethical requirements we have towards employees, suppliers and business
partners throughout the business. We are in the process of incorporating our Code of Conduct in all business
areas and contracts so that ultimately all employees, suppliers and business partners are familiar with its
content and have signed it. Furthermore, our Code of Conduct will be publicly available on our websites for
easy access for anyone interested.
Openness, respect and tolerance together with diversity are part of our core values, which is why we ensure
a healthy and safe work environment, where acts of discrimination, bullying and harassment are not
We put a lot of effort into equal rights and we will continue to strive for our recruitment process to be based
on required competences regardless of e.g. gender, culture, ethnicity, religious background, sexuality. These
subjects are not exhaustive.
At Disko Line A/S we recognize the importance of providing meaningful jobs to people and as such provide a
reasonable income for all employees to secure their livelihoods. This being our objective, we have identified
some areas which are of the utmost importance to us:
- Local job creation
- Local education initiatives
- Low employee churn and high job satisfaction
It is important for Disko Line A/S to be a local contributor in the communities in which we operate. We wish
to live up to this engagement by inviting the population and local politicians to a wide collaboration around
the development of the company and its services and by hiring local employees. We support all our
employees to succeed in their job and possibly enjoy new competences.
We see low employee churn and high job satisfaction as two sides of the same coin. We want a healthy and
attractive workplace, where the physical and psychological well-being and safety of our employees and
colleagues are in focus. We are continuously working to maintain a good work environment, where
employees can expect to be treated properly and respectfully by both management and colleagues.
Since 2004, Disko Line A/S has operated in Greenland. We have always been conscious about preserving the
unique surrounding nature and landscapes that we have visited and used as our natural work environment
year after year. Both guests and employees have as a matter of course worked to ensure that also the next
visitors and generations would have the same beautiful experience as did the previous ones. This attitude is
still a fundamental pillar of our daily work.
Having said that, we are also aware of our industry’s impact on the environment. We are all eyes and ears
for new accessible ways of how we as part of both the transport and tourist industry can ensure that our
business supports preservation and sustainable local development. We see possibilities for our work to have
a positive impact on people’s life and wildlife protection and we make decisions to gain this influence.
We work in an open organization based on loyalty, knowledge sharing and innovation. Both guests,
employees and partners continuously provide us with new creative, smart and efficient ideas as of how to
work onwards. Efforts have been made to preserve the environment and more are coming. We aim to be
able to always come back and enjoy the beauty of a landscape, wildlife or other natural wonders.
As part of Topas Explorer Group, we have a global focus on the following three areas:
- Reduce the use of single plastic
- Pure water supply
- Reduce the use of fossil fuels
In Disko Line A/S, we have already turned to renewable sources of energy in some areas of our company and
made other steps to lower our consumption of fossil fuels. The initiatives already implemented will serve as
examples to be copied in other areas of Topas Explorer Group. We will continue to convert the use of fossil
fuels into renewable sources of energy where we can and at the same time make an effort to reduce the
total amount of energy used.
Disko Line A/S is considered a major operator in many of the areas where we are present, and it is crucial to
protect our employees, our values, beliefs and business ethics. The primary action for Disko Line A/S is to
work closely with all local authorities and require that all vendors and business associates comply with our
Code of Conduct.
We comply with all procedures, rules and regulations from international, national and local authorities, and
all taxes are paid according to local legislation. We maintain our own internal controls to assure this and all
records are available for inspection.
The roll-out of our Code of Conduct will be supported by anti-corruption training of selected employees who
are most likely to interact with corrupt people or organizations.
Compliance with our CSR policy
It is the responsibility of everyone to comply with our CSR policy in their daily work – both leaders of Disko
Line A/S as well as every single employee. It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that our CSR
policy is implemented, but the success of our CSR policy will only grow with the engagement of each
employee and partner. Our CSR policy is therefore implemented daily on a decentralized basis in the
The CSR manager of Topas Explorer Group can be contacted at any time regarding grievances or complaints
from both employees, customers or any other observers of unsatisfying issues in regard to the
implementation and compliance of our CSR policy. We keep an official record of all inquiries.
Code of Conduct
Our commitment to CSR is based on the conviction that responsible business makes economic sense. We
integrate CSR consideration into our business and operations and with responsibility and sustainability
we base our work on a model aiming to understand the company’s impact on society in combination
with the focus of our stakeholders. With this in mind, we have formulated a CSR strategy that deals with
environmental and social key concepts, including climate issues and human rights. We introduce this
supplier Code of Conduct as part of our programme to address sustainability issues across our business.
At the same time, we want to make sure that our counterparts have the time to familiarize themselves with
the values, which have been a driving force behind the development of TEG’s business for more than 45
TEG wants to act as a responsible business within the sectors in which we operate. We will achieve this
through a continuous focus on areas where the company can identify significant impact on customers,
stakeholders, suppliers and the surrounding society. This will include, but not necessarily be limited
to, influence on environment and climate, social issues including labour rights, human rights and anticorruption
Supplier Code of Conduct - CoC
This CoC will be presented to all our counterparts, suppliers and employees, and we expect them all
to comply with the code as well as any relevant and applicable national law within the jurisdiction in
which they operate. It is the responsibility of our suppliers to ensure that the CoC is enforced throughout
whatever part of the value chain they control. More specifically we ask suppliers to pay attention to the
The supplier shall continuously strive to minimise negative impact of its activities on the environment.
This includes a proactive and responsible management of environmental aspects such as (but not
limited to) natural resources, waste management, energy consumption, water use, noise, dust and odour
The supplier shall continuously comply with local laws including environmental laws and shall formulate
and enforce an environmental policy relevant to the type and size of its operation.
Health and Safety
The supplier shall ensure that the workplace is safe, hygienic and healthy. The supplier shall ensure that
all means of transportation (airplane, ships, busses, cars etc.) are safe, working properly and according
to all local laws and regulations. This includes ensuring the workers’ and guests’ access to fire fighting
equipment and safety equipment.
The supplier is responsible for proper training of all its employees and the application of preventive
measures, e.g. systems to detect, avoid and respond to potential risks to the health and safety of all
employees and guests. The supplier and any counterpart are responsible for all necessary safety
demonstration and information in order to ensure the safety of employees and guests.
Labour and human rights
Forced labour is never to be used by the supplier. This includes prison labour, trafficking, slavery or any
kind of work that goes against the will of the worker.
Child labour is never to be used by the supplier. When employing young people, the supplier must pay
attention to the guidelines formulated by the International Labour Organization.
The supplier shall treat all employees with respect and not discriminate against anyone based on race,
sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, health status, age, nationality, gender, political views or religion.
The supplier shall follow local laws and regulations in regard to wages, pensions, piece rates and
other elements of compensation. Furthermore, the supplier shall provide employment contracts to all
The supplier shall respect lawful collective agreements. Furthermore, the supplier shall respect the
employees’ right to organise themselves and negotiate collective wage agreements.
Monetary fines or deduction in compensation, as a means of disciplinary measure, can only be carried out
if legal and agreed by collective bargaining agreements.
Business integrity and anti-corruption
The supplier and all TEG employees shall comply with all applicable laws relating to corruption,
intellectual property rights and bribery and thereby ensure a high level of integrity.
Suppliers must ensure, through relevant training, that they do not offer, promise, give or accept bribes or
Suppliers must commit to take actions to combat and prevent all forms of corruption at the earliest
The easy, simple version:
- Treat all guests, employees and partners with the utmost care, respect and on fair terms according to local laws.
- Do not litter and throw garbage all around.
- Treat nature and wildlife with proper respect.
- Make sure that all guests, employees and partners are safe and trained in the necessary safety equipment and procedures.