Conserving Resources Together

As an integral part of our strategic supplier management, we actively approach our business partners to identify ways to design production processes more sustainably. We focused on suppliers of finished products first of all – 3rd Party Manufacturers, or “3PMs” as we call them internally. In order to create transparency of the environmental footprint of our supply chain, we collect energy, water, waste and wastewater data from third party manufacturers, representing the majority of our procurement spend. Based on the energy data, we calculate the emissions from our third party manufacturers.

Third party manufacturers who operate in regions of the planet presenting a high overall water risk, according to the “Water Risk Atlas” published by the World Resources Institute (WRI), are requested to assess their current status in detail during the supplier selection process, as the general overall assessment issued by the WRI requires a more precise analysis. If this status analysis confirmed the initial water risk assessment, we then required our suppliers to develop their own mitigation measures.