Requirements of suppliers' processes
You can handle risks of adverse impacts on the CSR principles in the supply chain by requiring your suppliers to formulate their own CSR policies, establish due diligence processes and ensure remedies for the people affected. These process requirements hold the key to enabling your suppliers to comply with the CSR principles. This is thus not a question of process requirements "for the processes' sake", but process requirements that will contribute to ensuring that your suppliers respect internationally-adopted CSR principles.
You can supplement the process requirements with detailed performance requirements for selected CSR principles, for example if they are important to achieving your own CSR goals, complying with special CSR standards for your industry, or fulfilling your customers' requirements.
Advantages of process requirements
Process requirements present numerous advantages in responsible supply chain management activities:
They help to ensure equal terms and uniform standards for CSR and responsible supply chain management globally, and make it easier for you to cooperate with other companies to influence major suppliers.
This minimises the risk of adverse impacts on CSR principles in the supply chain that you would perhaps not otherwise be aware of.
This gives you better opportunities to ensure that problematic CSR issues in the supply chain are tackled and that the persons affected have the opportunity to complain and have access to remedy.
This makes it easier for you to cooperate and share knowledge with your suppliers, which over time will save resources for you and for your suppliers, if they encounter uniform requirements from several customers.
This makes it easier for you to ensure that you work in line with international expectations in the CSR area, so that it is more difficult to find reasons to criticise you.
- This will enable your suppliers to practice CSR themselves and to account for their activities and results, thereby facilitating your CSR dialogue and cooperation.