recognition of the CoC is the first important step in the CoC implementation
process. We currently source around 90% of our procurement volume through
partners who have formally recognized our CoC for Business Partners.
After a new supply
chain partner has signed our CoC for Business Partners we conduct an initial
risk analysis of our relationship with them. The risk analysis considers
industry risks, country risks and individual risks of the supplier, such as the
economic significance to Beiersdorf. The higher the risk, the more extensive
our analysis. Additionally,
we require our business partners above a certain risk class to conduct an
assessment via the international collaboration platform EcoVadis. This platform
enables suppliers to provide their customers with the most important data
concerning their sustainability strategy and processes. Even better, business
partners can make this information available to several of their customers
simultaneously, which in practice significantly reduces the operational effort
for suppliers. Thanks to the high level of transparency this ensures, together
with the supplier we can identify critical aspects or processes and jointly
improve sustainability within the framework of our cooperation.
the SAQ results we then decide whether a Responsible Sourcing Audit according
to the SMETA 4-pillar audit protocol is required for the supplier. To ensure
the objectivity of the investigation the audit is carried out by an independent
and certified third-party specialist. If the audit reveals a need for remedial action,
we actively support the business partner in defining and rapidly implementing
Furthermore, we are an active member of AIM-PROGRESS, an international cooperation platform
of world-leading manufacturers in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
industry. With the slogan “Achieving more together”, the members
pursue the goal of supporting suppliers in continually improving their
sustainability – and with this, the sustainability of their sourcing practices
and business processes throughout the supply chain.
Supply Chain Due Diligence Training for Business
In the spirit of partnership, we also offer and
encourage all our suppliers and business partners to complete the E-Learning
linked below. The training includes a comprehensive overview on supply chain
due diligence and how to ensure safeguarding human rights within your areas of
operation. It is broken down into multiple modules and lasts about 45 minutes.
Each module contains key messages about various
business-related aspects of human rights, as well as the obligations for
companies resulting from related legislation and regulation. Additionally, this
training will provide you with tools and examples of how to incorporate the
aforementioned requirements into your organization and supply chain.