Our combined organisation includes 55 RB production facilities and approximately 268 third-party manufacturer sites (known as copackers). Our 55 manufacturing facilities source raw and packaging material from supplier sites at a local, regional and global level depending on the type of material. The complexity and geographical spread of our supply chain brings its own challenges.
While some of our suppliers are large, multinational companies with substantial business and ethical conduct programmes of their own, others are smaller companies – for example within emerging economies – which may not have such formal conduct programmes in place. Our suppliers are chosen based on quality, cost and location, but importantly also on compliance with our policies and standards, including our Policy on Human Rights and Responsible Business.
We have reviewed our operational footprint and supplier base to determine which areas pose the greatest labour and human rights risk and have a dedicated team with regionally based resources to manage our programme.
You can read more about how we monitor compliance and manage risk in our supply chain in our ‘Human rights’ Insight.
We have also reviewed our supply chain to determine those areas at greatest risk from a health & safety, environmental and business integrity perspective. We are working to manage that risk, including through efforts such as our new global health & safety standards, improving energy efficiency and sourcing renewable electricity at our manufacturing sites, and training on our revised Code of Business Conduct.