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Supply chain

Supply chain

ILO conventions and recommendations

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. Find more information about these standards by using the link below.

United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global contact is the world's biggest initiative for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Our annual global purchasing volume is more than 25 billion euros. We are aware that our responsibility for the environment and society extends beyond the company boundaries and into the supply chain. That is why our purchasing guidelines are based on the ten basic principles of the United Nations' Global Compact.

We draw up contracts with all our suppliers stipulating that they must comply with the basic labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and general environmental standards. These include, for example, declaration obligations and the prohibition of materials that are particularly harmful to the environment. Supplier audits are used to check that our suppliers are familiar with these requirements and comply with them. We refuse to work with suppliers who violate these regulations. We expect our 500 or so preferred suppliers to have a certified environmental management system in place.