By working with our suppliers and the extraction industry, we aim to drive responsible sourcing of the non-renewable materials we use in our brands.
Seeking transparency & collaboration
Many of the raw materials we use each year to make our products are classified as non-renewable. Around 6 million tonnes of these originate from minerals or metals extracted from the earth.
To ensure these non-renewable materials are responsibly extracted, we are following a three-pronged approach:
- to develop traceability in our supply chain down to individual extraction sites
- to work with industry to co-create standards for responsible extraction, and
- to make a positive impact on the livelihoods of those who work in the non-renewables supply chain.
As we are not a major player in the area of mineral extraction, our approach has been to work with suppliers and other industry players to collectively drive responsible sourcing of these materials.
Defining our roadmap
In 2013, we embarked on a programme to bring about transparency in our supply chain by tracing materials back to their extraction sites, and understanding the challenges, labour standards and working condition at these sites. We followed this with detailed sessions with our suppliers, holding workshops in India in 2014 and China in 2015 to co-create a mining Code for Responsible Mineral Extraction (CORE).
A Code for Responsible Extraction (CORE)
CORE was developed with extensive interactions with the industry, our suppliers and with the help of NGO Solidaridad, which has good experience in the area of mineral extraction. CORE was launched in 2015 and focuses on five principles:
- governance and legality
- labour and employment
- occupational health, safety and security
- environment and eco-systems
- community and stakeholders.
Launching our Code with key suppliers
In 2016 we began rolling out the Code to key suppliers in India and China, where we worked with them to improve the livelihoods of the workers employed in the minerals supply chain. If site assessments at extraction sites identify areas where our Code is not being met, we work with suppliers to make the necessary improvements. Thanks to strong support from our suppliers on CORE, we have been able to ensure the sites comply with all the regulatory requirements and provide drinking water, sanitation facilities, rest shelters, adequate personal protective equipment and access to healthcare for all workers.
We are now expanding this initiative to more suppliers, thereby helping to improve the livelihoods of thousands of workers in our extended supply chain.