This network of direct and indirect suppliers presents us with opportunities to form partnerships based on ethical, social, and environmental principles. We believe collaboration with our suppliers, other consumer goods companies, and industry associations like AIM PROGRESS, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX), is the most effective means of improving practice in our supply chain and in the industry as a whole. While we engage with suppliers throughout our supply chain, our main focus is on working with those with whom we have the most immediate relationships.
With a network as wide and diverse as ours, work with suppliers inevitably takes many forms. However, we focus on three key impact areas in our supply chain.
- Responsible sourcing: managing the social and ethical risks of our procurement. Read more
- Sustainable agriculture and local sourcing: working with suppliers to ensure that our raw materials are produced sustainably, and, where possible, seeking suppliers local to our operations who can meet our procurement needs. Read more
- Carbon reduction, sustainable packaging, and environmental management: managing the carbon footprint of our supply chain through collaborative initiatives like the Carbon Disclosure Project, setting robust targets for the sustainability of the packaging we use, and promoting environmental management standards in our supply chain are all important in reducing our overall impact.