Collaborating with others
Building capacity to improve standards within the supply chain requires a common approach and focused, sector-based initiatives involving many participants. Suppliers of all types encounter difficulties with the multiplicity of standards and information requests they receive from different companies.
We are founding members of AIM Progress. This is a forum of consumer goods manufacturers and suppliers who enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable production systems. It is a global initiative supported and sponsored by AIM in Europe and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in North America.
Additionally we are members of the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), which is now facilitated by the Consumer Goods Forum. This is a business-driven programme striving for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. It provides a global cross-industry platform to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices.
We also work through organisations such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, United Nations Global Compact and the World Economic Forum to improve environmental and social supply chain sustainability.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain
The question of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is now firmly on the supply chain agenda. It is widely acknowledged that for many businesses a higher level of emissions lies not in their direct operations but in their supply chains. Through our commitment to sustainable agricultural practices, we expect to reduce the impact of our GHG footprint within the extended supply chain.
We are founding members of the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration. CDP aims to increase companies’ disclosure of their GHG management plans and impacts, and to encourage them to put reduction plans in place. CDP’s supplier programme has a global reach and involves businesses collaborating through their supply chains.
We are promoting the involvement of suppliers of both agricultural and non-agricultural based raw materials in the CDP programme. This represents a global standard approach for disclosure of GHG management plans and performance. We believe that involvement in the CDP programme is of intrinsic value to our suppliers and we encourage their participation.
Other reporting platforms exist and may be preferred by suppliers. Regardless of which platform is used, we expect the GHG agenda to become part of ‘business as usual’ with our suppliers, with the express intent that they undertake emission-reduction programmes and set ambitious targets to achieve them.