Kerry Group sources goods and services from independent suppliers located around the world. To help mitigate the potential adverse environmental and social impacts associated with the production of some commodities, it is essential that we work together with customers and suppliers in building 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 we seek to ensure that those we do business with 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 key raw material categories that are of strategic importance to our business. Within these categories, our goal is to encourage sustainable production practices throughout the supply chain.
For each category we have identified the priority issues and are working on the development of programmes that help to address these. We adopt a tailored approach to sourcing and while certification has an important role to play, in some regions more direct involvement is required. You can find more information on our approach in our Sustainable Agriculture Guidance Document or for more detail on the work underway within specific raw material categories, click on the relevant link below.
Forests play a vital role in supporting sustainable agriculture and livelihoods around the world and after oceans are the world’s largest storehouses of carbon. Although forest loss has slowed in recent years, many areas of tropical forest remain under threat.
Agriculture is estimated to be the direct driver for around 80% of deforestation worldwide and a small number of commodities are at high risk of being associated with this activity. At Kerry, we have made a public commitment to No Deforestation across these high risk supply chains by 2025. To satisfy this commitment, we will seek full traceability from our raw material suppliers back to the agricultural point of origin as part of our work under each of the categories indentified in our No Deforestation Policy.