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Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) End-to-End Management

We re-launched our Responsible Sourcing Program in 2015 and our efforts here continue to have a positive impact. Supplier Code of Conduct (CoC) End-to-End Management commits our suppliers to maintaining the same standards that we apply in our own operations. The End-to-End Management framework comprises CoC Acknowledgement, Further Monitoring, and Reinforcement. 90% of our major procurement expenditure is now contractually secured by the CoC for Suppliers.  

Following their signature of the CoC for Suppliers we risk-profile our supply-chain partners according to their regional locations and business significance for Beiersdorf: The higher the risk, the more comprehensive the assessment. 100% of our supply chain is covered by this CoC Monitoring and Reinforcement step. Furthermore we require significant-risk suppliers to complete the Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) on the Sedex platform: This determines the need for a Responsible Sourcing Audit, which is carried out by a certified independent 3rd-party auditor to identify any issues objectively. We then engage with our suppliers to resolve these audit issues together.  

For supplier audits we apply the SMETA 4-Pillar Audit Protocol, which is also mutually recognized by AIM-PROGRESS members and therefore Beiersdorf. AIM-PROGRESS is a forum and collaborative framework of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers and common suppliers whose shared goal is to develop suppliers’ compliance capability and drive continuous improvement in supply-chain sustainability.