Responsible sourcing

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We work together with approximately 20,000 suppliers globally. We do business with large global suppliers as well as with smaller local suppliers. We are committed to ensuring our supply chain adheres to the Huhtamaki Code of Conduct for Suppliers and that we work with responsible suppliers across all our operations globally. All suppliers are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct for Huhtamaki Suppliers.

Our goal is that all key suppliers work with us to deliver on our Code of Conduct for Huhtamaki Suppliers.

Driving responsible sourcing through supply chain due diligence

In 2019, Huhtamaki updated its due diligence processes and tools for supplier monitoring with the aim of increasing visibility across the supply chain. We use an online screening tool to monitor the compliance of our suppliers with the Code of Conduct for Huhtamaki Suppliers. The focus is on key suppliers, defined as strategically important suppliers that fall into the top 80% of the procurement spend and into certain supplier categories. Additionally, the tool is used to monitor all key suppliers against several sanction lists, watch lists and adverse media, which helps Huhtamaki to control risks in its supply chains. Each key supplier is assigned a risk rating, and depending on this rating suppliers might be required to answer a specific questionnaire. The answers provide Huhtamaki more insights into suppliers’ compliance practices.

Approximately 92% of key suppliers are now covered by the process, representing at least 80% of our total procurement spend.

We also want to increase the number of third-party corporate responsibility audits conducted in order to make sure we gain an objective view on suppliers’ environmental, social and governance performance. We are a member of Sedex, one of the world's largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains and are working on developing our auditing processes, utilizing the tools provided by Sedex.

Read more about our supply chain due diligence in the Sustainability Performance supplement in the 2020 Annual Report

Sustainable fiber sourcing

Huhtamaki wants to advance sustainable management of forests. Our goal is that by 2030, all the fiber we use is sourced either from recycled or certified sustainable sources.

Our recycled fibers are derived from either industrial sources (for example cutting waste from own paper cup manufacturing) or post-consumer recycled materials (for example used newspaper). Where the use virgin fiber is required, we source materials certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®).