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Our suppliers

Supplier collaborations

We collaborate with providers worldwide, and have created a strong network of suppliers to enable commercial success. Our goal is to create long-term relationships with third party providers who meet the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct. We conduct continuous risk assessments and keep in close communication with our suppliers to create a healthy dynamic and meet commercial goals together.

Our primary suppliers

We conduct continuous risk assessments and have a close dialogue with 25 of our largest global suppliers regarding business ethics and regulatory compliance. They represent a significant share of our purchasing value and were selected based on the principles behind Arjo’s Code of Conduct for suppliers, but also because they are in close proximity to our production units. This minimizes unnecessary transport and costs, and generates environmental and business gains.

Supplier Code of Conduct

To ensure sustainable business throughout Arjo’s value chain, we have established a Business Partner Code of Conduct for our suppliers and business partners, which is included in all new supplier agreements. The Code is structured according to the UN Global Compact Initiative’s four focus areas:

- Human rights
- Labor
- Environment
- Anti-corruption

Read our code of conduct here

Self assessment

We have a comprehensive process to approve suppliers – and it starts with a Self assessment. The Self assessment includes a brief of the Supplier Code of Conduct, and each supplier must perform an internal review and accept it in order to initiate a collaboration with us. This is the foundation on which we initiate a business agreement, and can further be followed up with audits and other measures.

Supplier Audits

In 2018, Arjo initiated reviews of all our main suppliers and business partners to ensure that the requirements contained in the Code of Conduct are maintained. In the event that the requirements are not met, and if the supplier or business partner in question does not take adequate action to meet the requirements, the Group is entitled to cancel the contract and terminate all business connections.