We work with thousands of suppliers, consultants and business partners around the world. Of course, we cannot — and do not presume to — control how they run their businesses. But we certainly take pragmatic steps to align what they do for us with our own standards of fair and honest dealings.
The Program for Responsible Sourcing (PROGRESS) is the Mondelēz International way of promoting a high level of ethical standards and social responsibility in our supply chain. We are one of the founding members of an industry forum called PROGRESS. This initiative supports a common set of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards and drives efficiencies on performance improvement for the consumer goods industry.
While there are several PROGRESS recognized audit protocols, Mondelēz International along with many in the industry, primarily require an audit to the SMETA (Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit) protocol. To learn more about SMETA audits visit the SEDEX website. For an overview of PROGRESS and SEDEX, click here.
Read more in our 2015 Well-Being Progress Report.
To help address the need for global social responsibility in the supply chain, we are continuing to leverage supplier self assessments and third party ethical practice audits. To lessen the burden of audits and to align the industry on the key issues, we support mutual recognition of audits. The goal of mutual recognition is to satisfy the needs of many through a common audit framework and sharing network. “one audit for many requests”.
We also have laid out what our overall corporate responsibility expectations are for our direct suppliers, including supplier contract provisions; as well as our approach on supply chain transparency.