Business partners

Business Partner Code of Conduct

At the time of the introduction of our new Code of Conduct, a separate was also launched. This Business Partner Code of Conduct - which replaces our Vendor Policy - informs our business partners what we expect of them with regard to our Core Principles. It expands our compliance requirements to include principles such as those laid down in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. We expect our business partners to commit to efficient use of raw materials, energy and other natural resources while minimizing waste, emission and noise. We also expect them to care about the communities in which they operate and to offer a grievance mechanism to those who have concerns about violations of laws and our Core Principles. The also expands the target group to include suppliers, distributors, agents, research partners and joint ventures not under our control. Confirming adherence is a condition for doing business with us.

Agent review

In 2015, we reviewed our businesses’ cooperation with agents and conducted investigations into a selection of agents to assess their adherence to our Core Principles. Conclusions from that review are being integrated in a new Business Partner Compliance Framework.

Business Partner Code of Conduct

Explains what we stand for as a company, what we value and how we run our business. It brings our core principles of Safety, Integrity and Sustainability to life and shows what they mean in practice.

Business Partner Code of Conduct

Explains what we stand for as a company, what we value and how we run our business. It brings our core principles of Safety, Integrity and Sustainability to life and shows what they mean in practice.