Working with our suppliers
A large and complex network of suppliers provides us with our ingredients, packaging and services. These suppliers have a far wider footprint than our own operations - in terms of environmental impacts, jobs created and more. Although we do not own or control our suppliers, we have a responsibility to ensure that the way they work reflects our standards.
The nature of our business means that we source as much as we can locally. This is not only efficient for our business; it also reduces the environmental impacts of transport and brings economic benefit to local communities.
To reduce our broader environmental impacts, we work closely with suppliers on our three priorities: energy and climate protection, packaging and water stewardship. This collaboration is yielding industry-leading innovation, from the ‘quad-generation’ combined heat and power (CHP) plants plus CO2 capture for industrial uses, we are constructing across our global business, to the latest developments in energy-efficient refrigeration that will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50%.
Meanwhile, our Supplier Guiding Principles (SGP) programme helps ensure that our suppliers meet clearly defined standards in terms of labour and human rights. Child labour and forced labour are explicitly prohibited, for example, while suppliers must respect freedom of association and ensure their employees work in a safe working environment. These Principles are now included in key procurement contracts, and an independent audit programme assesses suppliers’ compliance with the programme.
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