Supporting communities through our supply chain

Published on : 7/19/22
  • Buying from local businesses is one way of generating local growth and contributing to the social and economic fabric of a community.

    And since we source 10 billion euros in food and supplies from approximately 150,000 suppliers every year, our potential to support local communities is enormous.

    Our global Supply Chain Inclusion Program helps integrate more small and medium entreprises (SME) vendors as well as diverse businesses owned or operated by women or minorities into our supply chain. Suppling a large company can be complex, so our Supply Chain Inclusion Program helps smaller suppliers through the process. We believe that a diverse range of suppliers bring value and innovation to our businesses, and this program helps to support a diverse range of suppliers to work with us.

    We currently spend around 1.3 billion euro annually on purchases from SMEs and, through our global Supply Chain Inclusion Program, our goal is to keep building on this.

    What is the Supply Chain Inclusion Program?

    Our global Supply Chain Inclusion Program helps integrate more SME vendors as well as diverse businesses owned or operated by women or minorities into our supply chain. Suppling a large company can be complex, so our Supply Chain Inclusion Program helps smaller suppliers through the process. We believe that a diverse range of suppliers bring value and innovation to our businesses, and this program helps to support a diverse range of suppliers to work with us.

    Sometimes we find these small suppliers directly and sometimes local cooperatives and NGO partners make the connection. For example, we work with WEConnect - an international association that identifies, trains and certifies companies held by women in Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Peru and the UK.

    Find out more about the support our SME suppliers receive through this program here. 

    What is a supplier code of conduct?

    We foster inclusive growth by ensuring our suppliers follow our code of conduct. But what does this mean?

    Our supplier code of conduct ensures that our suppliers comply with responsible ethical, social and environmental practices. Our suppliers operate in different legal and cultural environments throughout the world, but the Code of Conduct makes our expectations of suppliers, vendors, contractors and others we do business with clear. By ensuring all our suppliers comply with these standards, we know that our relationships with suppliers are consistent with our values, for example that their employees are treated well and the local environment is respected.

    Over 95% of our global spend is with contracted suppliers who’ve signed the Code of Conduct. 

    Find out more about how we source products responsibly