A sustainable supply chain is crucial to our success. Suppliers must deliver on all parameters – not just on productivity. Our company value of responsibility also applies to our suppliers. When suppliers sign our code of conduct, we become more closely aligned, and our partnership becomes stronger.
As a supplier, you play a big role in our ability to drive success and deliver innovative solutions. We value building strong business ties and long-standing relationships with our suppliers and are able to forge and maintain these bonds through a high standard of responsible business conduct. One of our values is responsibility, and it applies to all aspects of our business – including the parts that originate from external sources.
We require all of our suppliers to sign our Supplier Code of Conduct, which is aligned with the four focus areas of the UN Global Compact and which clearly expresses what we expect of our suppliers.
A message from our COO
As a Supplier, you are essential to our business, and we expect you yo share our standards of responsible business conduct including environmental management and decent work. We are guided by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and encourage our suppliers to do the same.
Furthermore, we are on a journey of decarbonized products and services, carbon-neutral operations, and a sustainable supply chain. Working with the right suppliers and building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships will have a significant role in our ability to deliver on these goals. In the short term, we aim to have 30% of our spend with suppliers that set their own science-based decarbonization targets.
This is a call to action for our suppliers to reach out to us with questions on the Science Based Target initiative and co-innovation opportunities.
Securing a sustainable supply chain
To ensure a supply chain that lives up to our standards, we employ routine on-site inspections of our suppliers. We do this by having all our staff who visit a supplier site perform a basic sustainability assessment. This has many complementary effects; it provides data on which suppliers require development or should be blacklisted, it keeps awareness of sustainability high and it provides on-site learning for all our staff. Many new suppliers in many cases, making onsite visits to new suppliers puts sustainability in focus from day one.
Supplier inspection reports are prepared after each visit to a supplier, providing Group Procurement with an overview of the state of the supply chain and an indication of which suppliers are eligible for a supplier development program. Any non-compliance identified during a routine inspection will be noted and uploaded to the database for review. Our staff keep track of non-conformities through a central database, allowing for real-time monitoring of the state of sustainability throughout our supply chain.