Working with responsible sourcing we wish to ensure that products and services are produced responsibly, and that the suppliers comply to our requirements and the Supplier Code of Conduct. At the same time we do not want to burden all suppliers with unnecessary questions and time-consuming processes. Our risk assessment is therefore based on three steps, and many suppliers need only go through the first one.
Step 1 Pre-qualification
In the tender process the supplier goes through a pre-qualification where we, among other things, ask about the type of products or services in the tender and where it is produced. We use the answers to initially assess the risk profile of the supplier and whether it is relevant to ask further in-depth questions.
Step 2 In-depth questions
If we after the pre-qualification questions believe that the supplier poses a high risk, he will be asked to reply to a further in-depth questionnaire about environmental, social and governance policies and initiatives.
Step 3 Dialogue and corrective action plan
Depending on the outcome of the in-depth questionnaire we will start a dialogue and if necessary agree on a corrective action plan with the supplier. The aim of the plan is to ensure that the supplier will be able to live up to our Supplier Code of Conduct, environmental requirements and other guidelines.
If the dialogue and the agreed plan does not resolve the issues to the Group's satisfaction, further discussions will take place. This may result in the company not being selected or not being able to continue as one of the Group's suppliers.