05 July 2007 | Antony Barton
Europe's largest DIY group plans to introduce a common factory assessment process across its companies within the next financial year.
In its corporate responsibility report 2006-07, Steps to Sustainable Living, Kingfisher said a review of the current monitoring processes used within individual operating companies identified the need for a more consistent approach across the business.
The group, which owns B&Q, Screwfix and Trade Depot, said a new method for vendor assessment is being developed and a toolkit will be produced to help the operating companies apply it locally.
The group operates more than 700 stores in 11 countries in Europe and Asia. Its overseas sourcing offices, based in China, Poland, India and Thailand, procure around 8 per cent of products sold across the group, including own brand and unbranded products. The rest are sourced directly by its operating companies.