TENA and It’s Products…
TENA is made by SCA, the largest global manufacturer located in Sweden. SCA is putting much effort when choosing and working together with its suppliers to make mutually beneficial improvements with respect to social and environmental performance. When it comes to supplier requirements and follow-up, SCA works with and assigns priority to three distinct steps:
1. Global Supplier Standard
SCA has applied a Global Supplier Standard (GSS) for many years. The GSS was last updated in 2011 to reinforce sustainability criteria. The standard includes requirements governing quality, product safety, the environment, energy and chemicals. The GSS is complemented by SCA’s Code of Conduct, which means that SCA imposes the same social responsibility requirements on its suppliers as on the Group’s own operations.
The hygiene and forest products operations each apply individual versions of the GSS. The basic principles are identical, but certain differences exist due to the diverse nature of the operations’ supply chains.
Approximately 51% of the hygiene operations’ global suppliers are located in Europe, 14% in the US and 16% in Asia. Many of the production facilities located in Asia belong to large multinational corporations based in Europe and the US.
SCA is Europe’s largest private forest owner and 48% of wood raw materials used in the forest products operations are sourced from the Group’s forests. The remainder is sourced from suppliers, many of which are located in Sweden. SCA strives to further integrate procurement practices with the requirements in the SCA Global Supplier Standard.
2. Reporting in Sedex
SCA’s strategically important suppliers, from which substantial purchases are made and/or which are located in high-risk countries, are registered in Sedex. This is where the Group takes into account geopolitical, social, ethical and sustainability-related risks.
At the end of 2014, 68% of the approximately 500 global suppliers to the hygiene operations that were relevant for Sedex registration had reported their details in the database.
In 2014, the forest products operations identified 40 global suppliers for reporting in Sedex. The implementation of Sedex reporting is currently ongoing for these suppliers.
3. Supplier audits
Suppliers located in high-risk countries undergo Code of Conduct audits with a focus on health and safety, human rights, employee relations and corruption. SCA uses Sedex and Maplecroft’s risk classification to identify these suppliers. The goal is for all global suppliers in highrisk areas to be audited before the end of 2015. To achieve this goal, SCA has engaged a Swissbased external partner, SGS, to perform audits. The method used to evaluate suppliers is the same as that used to monitor SCA’s own units.
The Group evaluates potential suppliers prior to contracting and continues to review suppliers at regular intervals. Sustainability aspects account for more than 20% of SCA’s quality assurance prior to new partnerships. SCA also conducts quality audits and chain of custody audits of fiber suppliers.
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