Our mission of celebrating life, every day, everywhere starts the moment a seed or a vine is planted in the ground. We believe that the materials from which we create our brands and build our business should be sourced in a way that contributes positively to the communities and economies from which we source.
Given our large network of suppliers in over 100 countries, we are working to develop our understanding of the full range of social and environmental impacts we have throughout our supply chain. We see our role as a catalyst, working in partnership with others to help suppliers embed ethical, social and environmental principles. Collaboration with our suppliers, other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and industry associations like AIM-PROGRESS, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) is the most effective approach to improving not only the practices in our own supply chain, but in that of the industry as a whole.
Our supply chain includes our direct suppliers, as well as our indirect suppliers – those businesses from which our direct suppliers source. Our supplier management approach focuses mostly on direct suppliers, although we partner with suppliers at all levels, particularly as part of our sustainable agriculture programme.
The way we work with suppliers is based on three principles. We aim to do the following.
- Optimise due diligence: our due diligence processes are designed to help our suppliers improve their sustainability performance. While we have our own standards and guidelines, we work with industry associations like AIM-PROGRESS and SEDEX, which provide collaborative platforms for sharing supply chain ethical data in order to reduce duplication and the burden on shared suppliers.
- Build capability: when we can, we try to help suppliers meet our standards by offering training to build their skills and capabilities.
- Support local business: working with local suppliers is an important way in which we contribute to local economies, especially in new growth markets.
We have a network of approximately 30,000 direct suppliers in over 100 countries
Baileys’ work with our Irish cream supplier has encouraged others in the industry to promote sustainable dairy farming practices
We source approximately 52% of our electricity for supply sites from low-carbon sources
In Africa this year, we spent £255 million on raw and packaging materials of which nearly 68% was spent with African businesses
We extended our whistleblowing service, SpeakUp, to all our suppliers to help manage social and ethical risks in our supply chain