We recognise that true sustainable development not only requires us to address activities within our own business – our whole supply base needs to be integrated as well. We have therefore developed our Supplier Sustainable Development Program to engage with our new and existing suppliers.
We have developed a set of requirements that we expect our suppliers to meet which are based on customer requirements in addition to internationally recognised guidelines such as the principles of the United Nations' Global Compact Initiative and the International Labour Organization conventions.
Our Supplier Business Management System lists the requirements we expect our suppliers to meet on:
Suppliers are assessed on their ability to meet our requirements through self-assessment questionnaires, as well as on-site audits. They are prioritised based on importance.
A global team has been established internally that is capable of carrying out these audits. We aim to develop collaborative relationships with our suppliers to raise their awareness of our standards and help drive continuous improvement.
The results from the self-assessments and on-site audits are fed into our supplier evaluation and rating system.