Responsible sourcing means taking into account social, environmental and ethical considerations, as well as cost, quality and delivery time. Our goal is to minimize negative impacts and make a positive contribution to the businesses, people and communities that make up our supply chain.
As a global company with a large number of suppliers around the world, we have an obligation and an opportunity to promote responsible sourcing practices. In 2015 we made responsible sourcing one of our three main priorities within supplier operations – a commitment that is continuing throughout 2016. We believe this is the right thing to do; and that it is important to ensuring that Tetra Pak remains the packaging supplier of choice for our customers and for consumers.
Increasingly, our stakeholders require us to show that our commitment to sustainability covers our entire supply chain as well as our own operations. We depend on our people to make the right decisions about suppliers, so we are working to give them the best possible support and guidance and strengthen our sourcing across the whole supply chain.
We have created an assurance system, integrated with our existing Corporate Governance Framework and underpinned by our vision, mission, core values and Code of Business Conduct. These require us to behave ethically and comply with the rule of law.
Our procurement policy has a strong focus on responsible sourcing. In 2015 we issued a new Code of Business Conduct for Suppliers, which all suppliers must sign up to. As well as setting out mandatory requirements, the Code encourages suppliers to strengthen their own sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts.
In addition to our supplier audit programme, we have introduced a self-assessment tool to help us gather more information about our suppliers. A large number of suppliers have been made aware of our responsible sourcing activities and requirements.
Responsible sourcing now forms an integral part of our risk management procedures for suppliers. This means that risks related to health and safety, human rights, labour rights, corruption and the environment will now be assessed alongside traditional supplier management risks.
Finally, to raise awareness and build capacity, we have run a series of training sessions on responsible sourcing, including the principles of the UN Global Compact. These are now being turned into an e-learning module which will be available to all employees and we are also developing further training in human and labour rights, health and safety, business ethics and the environment.
Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is an online collaborative platform where customers can access, compare and share ethical performance data from a range of suppliers. Tetra Pak has been a member of Sedex since 2010, and we report on all our packaging material, closure and drinking straw factories, as well as all our machine factories and spare part delivery units. We also have an assurance system which gives our suppliers the option to become members and share relevant data with us through the Sedex platform. This helps build trust and transparency in the whole value chain and enables us to identify any areas for improvement.
Renewability is an important part of our drive to develop more sustainable packaging. In particular, we are working to increase our use of renewable materials, creating packaging materials that protect both their contents and their sources. We believe that using renewable resources also creates market differentiation for our products.
In 2014, we launched our first fully renewable package, the Tetra Rex® Bio-based package which is now being rolled out with customers around the world.
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