In general we see our suppliers as critical partners in our efforts. Consequently using a partnership approach to promote responsible supply chain management is a main focus area. This includes assisting our suppliers to find the most responsible solutions and also listening to our suppliers’ ideas on how we can improve our own performance.
Furthermore, we have developed a supplier scorecard which in addition to parameters like quality, price and delivery also includes CR parameters. This will be used as a tool to further promote dialogue with our suppliers and emphasize our focus on CR performance as an important aspect of being an IC Group’s supplier.
As part of the partnership approach IC Group on a regularly basis conducts training with our suppliers on how to avoid harmful chemicals and continuously has one-on-one dialogue with and provide advice to our suppliers on using non-harmful chemicals.
Global Sourcing Project
In spring 2012 the Group’s sourcing project was implemented, with focus on partnership, flexibility and transparency towards suppliers. The sourcing project’s focus is in line with the CR strategy with a clear emphasis on a partnerships approach to suppliers. Furthermore it still offers flexibility for brands to choose suppliers within our base of suppliers. Suppliers in this base have been through a due diligence process based on a variety of parameters including CR. Finally the focus on transparency for both buyers and suppliers is closely linked to our work with the supplier scorecard.