When making purchasing decisions, you look at the price, quality and delivery time of a product. When you choose sustainable purchasing, you also pay attention to social and environmental aspects. Especially if you are dealing with foreign suppliers. Avoid risks that could harm your product or business.
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Follow the checklist for socially responsible purchasingThe checklist for socially responsible purchasing (in Dutch) provides tips and guides you through the purchasing process step by step. Sustainable purchasing, or socially responsible purchasing (SRI), is different for every company. You know which sustainable themes are important to your company. And that determines the requirements you set for your supplier’s products or services.
Avoid purchasing risks
If you buy products abroad, it is important to know the origin. Production may take place in a different country than your supplier’s country. And under different circumstances than in the Netherlands. Avoid risks that could harm your product or business. For example, poor working conditions (in Dutch), corruption or discrimination.
Tip: gain insight into critical raw materials in your productRaw materials necessary for your production may have limited availability. For example due to possible exhaustion, price fluctuations or social risks such as poor working conditions and environmental impact. Use the raw materials scanner to check whether the delivery of critical raw materials for your production process is at risk. And see what you can do to reduce these risks. For instance, trying to find sustainable alternatives.
Know your chain
Customers, governments and social organisations expect companies to do business with respect for people and the environment. Internationally, this is laid down in the OECD guidelines for corporate social responsibility (CSR). The government requires you to identify, prevent and mitigate CSR risks in your supply chain. This is called due diligence or CSR risk management. Not just your own company, but the entire chain it is part of should be socially responsible. Read more about your chain responsibility (in Dutch).
Tip: use the CSR Risk Checker
Use the MVO Nederland Risk Checker (in Dutch) to find out which international CSR risks you run with your trading activities. And learn what you can do to mitigate the risks.