We have specifically addressed our use of latex, dairy and paper and board.
Latex is a key ingredient in some of our products and we are committed to maintaining a clear focus on sustainability in our latex supply chain.
We work closely with all our supply chains to ensure compliance with our Responsible Sourcing of Natural Raw Materials policy and have completed on-the-ground assessments with The Forest Trust (TFT) to ensure that the latex we use is sourced responsibly.
We aim to improve the sustainability of our latex sourcing by creating strong and stable relationships between farmers, first buyers and other key stakeholders; improving livelihoods and social conditions; and maintaining and enhancing the quality of the natural environment by encouraging responsible farm development.
Dairy farming is another area with sustainability challenges. In 2017, we acquired Mead Johnson Nutrition. This increased our use of dairy products and we have since taken steps to further ensure the sustainability of our dairy supply chains.
In 2018 we joined the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) and became active members of the Dairy Working Group. The aim is to improve sustainability outcomes across the dairy industry via a collective approach. Our highest volume suppliers are also active members of the working group.
We use paper and board in our packaging. We aim to ensure that 100% of the paper and board we use is either certified to FSC or PEFC standards by 2020.
We are working with our suppliers to ensure the full traceability of their supply chains and plan to increase our sourcing due diligence and transparency.
More information on our approach to sourcing raw materials can be found in our ‘Responsible sourcing’ Insight.