Carlsberg implements code of conduct in contracts

27 February 2013
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27 February 2013 | Anna Reynolds

Denmark-based brewer Carlsberg has embedded its supplier code of conduct into all of its global procurement deals.

It also plans to reduce carbon emissions in its packaging supply chain.

Its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report said a survey of all active procurement contracts was carried out to monitor compliance with its policies on labour and human rights, health and safety, the environment and business ethics.

Bengt Erlandsson, senior vice president group procurement at Carlsberg, said in the report: “We want to proactively cooperate with our suppliers and partners and create solutions that can reduce our environmental impact and mitigate potential CSR-related risks. Promoting responsibility within our supply chain is not an easy task so we have embedded the code of conduct in our global contracts, making the standards an integrated element of our business relationship with our suppliers.”

The drinks business, whose brands also include Kronenbourg and Tetley’s Bitter, is also focusing on its packaging supply chain to make it more sustainable.

Morten Nielsen, Carlsberg’s director of corporate social responsibility, said in a statement: “We have assessed that about 45 per cent of our group’s carbon dioxide emissions can be attributed to packaging. We're considering all aspects of the packaging chain and rethinking the way that the group and its suppliers approach packaging, based around four core principles – reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.”

The company has introduced a life-cycle analysis tool and trained staff so that they can measure and understand the environmental impact of its packaging and make fact-based decisions.

The company has also taken action to reduce its energy consumption, and worked with retailers to collect waste packaging.

Nielsen added the business would be setting new targets at the end of the year to cut energy and water use and reduce carbon emissions that will be linked to the sustainable packaging programme.

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