Kerry Group sources goods and services from independent suppliers located around the world. To help mitigate the adverse environmental impacts associated with the production of some commodities, it is essential that we work together with customers and suppliers to understand how to build more sustainable and resilient supply chains. As a responsible buyer we also want to ensure that workers who produce these raw materials are treated in accordance with our own values around fairness and respect.
Kerry Group looks to ensure that those we do business with meet our expectations around human rights and the fair treatment of workers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth the standards to which Kerry Group expects its suppliers to adhere. This code is a part of the supplier selection process and is subject to continued monitoring.
Kerry uses the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) to share details of our social and environmental performance and to monitor supplier compliance. We are working with strategic and key supply partners to ensure that by 2020, 100% are registered members of the platform. In 2015, 100% of Kerry manufacturing sites were registered members of SEDEX and 97% of sites in developing regions had achieved SMETA (SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit) or equivalent certification.
As part of our ‘Towards 2020’ programme, Kerry Group has identified ten raw material categories that are of strategic importance to our business. Within these categories we seek to use our purchasing power to support sustainable production practices throughout the supply chain.
|Sustainable Sourcing Categories|
|Meat||Herbs & Spices|
|Palm Oil||Fruit & Vegetables|
|Cocoa & Coffee||Sugar & Molasses|
For each category we look to identify the priority issues and how we can drive improvement. We adopt a tailored approach to our sourcing targets and while certification has an important role to play, in some regions more direct involvement is required, for example in our sustainable Vanilla programme.
At Kerry Group we are committed to the responsible sourcing of palm oil. For more information please see our Palm Oil Sourcing Policy.