Supply chain management

Protecting human rights in the supply chain is a global issue and is essential to achieve sustainable development. Asaleo Care is committed to eliminate modern slavery within our supply chain and source goods and services free from the exploitation of workers.

Our approach to managing human rights is grounded in several internationally recognised declarations and standards including the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the Ethical Trade Initiative.

Our commitment to human rights is reinforced in our Code of Conduct, Ethical Sourcing Policy and other documents which clearly outline our supplier expectations. Our due diligence processes serve to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts from our multi-tiered and complex supply chains.

Supplier Handbook

We know we are successful when we exceed our customers' and consumers' expectations, and this success is underpinned by building great working relationships with our suppliers.

Our Supplier Handbook is designed to acquaint potential and existing suppliers with Asaleo Care's 'way of working' with our suppliers to achieve quality, ethical and sustainable products and supply chains. We expect all Asaleo Care current or potential suppliers to review and share the contents of this Handbook with appropriate personnel their businesses and supply chains to ensure that our 'way of working' is integrated into our supply chains.

To access the handbook: Asaleo Care Supplier Handbook

Responsible Sourcing Program

Since 2014, we have worked with Sedex (the global Supplier Ethical Data Exchange platform) to continually improve our supplier targeting, onboarding, risk assessment and monitoring process. We collate supplier data via the Sedex platform from Supplier self-assessment questionnaires and third party independent audits according to the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) form. We then assess risk within our supply chain via the Sedex Risk Assessment Tool. Criteria used to screen suppliers in the Responsible Sourcing Program, as determined by the Sedex Stakeholder Forum (SSF), include:

  • Management systems
  • Working hours
  • Business ethics
  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Discrimination
  • Community benefits
  • Freedom of association
  • Regular employment
  • Health and safety
  • Child labour
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
  • Environment
  • Wage & benefits

Modern slavery is an important and serious issue that affects millions of people globally. Asaleo Care welcomes the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018 that targets modern slavery and human trafficking in operations and supply chains.

To view our statement: Modern Slavery Preliminary Statement 

To learn more and see our KPIs, download the Sustainability section of the Annual Report 2019.