Responsible Supplier Relations
Scandi Standard’s operations are highly dependent on good and effective supplier partnerships. We strive for mutually beneficial, responsible business relationships. Other than chicken, we buy ingredients, equipment and services from a large number of suppliers. Purchases are coordinated at a Group level for categories related to production, which includes ingredients, packaging materials and transport.
Supplier Code of Conduct
Our Supplier Code of Conduct provides the foundation for the purchases mentioned previously. It clearly defines the requirements that equate to the Group’s own Code of Conduct in relation to the environment, ethics, human rights and social responsibility. Our suppliers must also ensure that these requirements are passed on down the chain, i.e. to their subcontractors. The Group’s Head of Sustainability is ultimately responsible for the contents and implementation of the Supplier Code of Conduct, working in close collaboration with the Group’s purchasing function.
The Supplier Code of Conduct is communicated to all suppliers in priority purchasing categories with the requirement to confirm compliance. These categories include: chicken, transport services, technical equipment and packaging materials, as well as spices and other ingredients.
Our systematic work is based on risk assessments. This includes a risk screening at supplier level based on risk parameters, such as production country as well as category/industry-specific risks linked to the environment, human rights and ethical issues. In order to identify risks and potential deviations, we are continually striving to ensure greater transparency in our supplier relationships, well beyond the first link in the supply chain.
We also require our suppliers to complete a self-assessment form to assess risks and performance at the supplier level. These responses provide supplementary data to help us prioritize our focus when working on additional monitoring and audits, as well as other initiatives.
We strive for an ethical and respectful approach in all our business relationships. Our Code of Conduct is applicable in its entirety to all board members, employees and consultants of Scandi Standard. Amongst other things, our Code of Conduct stipulates that there is zero tolerance to every form of bribery, corruption and anti-competitive practice.
It also states that we must act in an exemplary and responsible way to ensure that information is managed correctly and that any and all potential conflicts of interest is to be avoided.
We do not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, ethnic origin, family status, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social origin and other personal characteristics.
Whistle blowing process
A whistle-blowing function is set up in collaboration with an external company to facilitate anonymous reporting of potential violations of the Code of Conduct. Reported issues are received and handled by a committee consisting of the Group’s directors for HR, Finance and Quality.