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 is committed to upholding internationally recognised human rights across our operations and seeks to ensure that those we do business with also meet our expectations around human rights and the fair treatment of workers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth the social and environmental standards to which Kerry Group suppliers must 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 with customers and to monitor our supplier compliance with Kerry’s requirements. Across our own facilities, 100% of manufacturing sites are registered members of SEDEX and all of our sites in developing regions have SMETA (SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit) or equivalent certification.
With our direct suppliers, we adopt a risk based approach to monitoring compliance, focusing on those locations and/or commodities where there is a higher risk of non-conformance with our policies.
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.