The global and increasingly networked economy is making our supply chains more complex. It is important for us to know where, how and under which conditions our products are produced. Armed with knowledge of the individual steps in our supply chains, we are better equipped to identify and effectively tackle risks.
We can then live up to our responsibilities to people, animals and the natural world throughout our supply chains. Reflecting this, we have enshrined the topic in our multi-year sustainability targets and are striving for transparency and traceability for critical raw materials used in our own-label brands across the Coop Group. We are focusing on our own-label brands, and particularly on products containing critical raw materials, because it is the area in which we have the greatest scope for action and can make the biggest impact.
Sustainability standards can be a way of guaranteeing the traceability of raw materials. Bio Suisse, for example, guarantees the traceability of agricultural raw materials through to production. Critical raw materials, which are certified to a sustainability standard but are not segregated along the supply chain, are a challenge. These are handled alongside conventional raw materials, which makes their traceability throughout the supply chain more difficult. That is why we need more information. We systematically collect the following key figures for all critical raw materials:
- Procurement quantities
- Proportion of procurement quantity by country of origin
- Proportion of procurement quantity with sustainability certification, including the certification system (Segregated, Mass Balance, etc.)
- Country of the final value-adding processing step for own-label brand products
- Proportion of business partners with publicly visible voluntary commitments to deforestation-free and conversion-free supply chains
Find out more in our policy paper on critical raw materials.