Sustainable sourcing in Cloetta’s supply chain is a prioritized area. By incorporating sustainability aspects into the company’s purchasing strategy, Cloetta creates a platform for ensuring the supply of high quality raw materials to the factories while at the same time improving the opportunities for growers in the countries of origin to develop sustainable farming.
First of all, sustainable sourcing at Cloetta is about having control one step back in the supply chain, i.e. to the first line of suppliers. Raw materials are purchased only from suppliers that can be verified against Cloetta’s requirements for quality, product safety and sustainability, including human rights. Suppliers to Cloetta are evaluated and approved before they are permitted to deliver to the factories. The process varies in relation to the risks, type of supplier involved and which raw material is delivered. Certain suppliers are evaluated and tested by Cloetta’s employees via visits according to an established schedule.
Secondly, sustainable sourcing at Cloetta is about directly addressing different types of social, environmental and economic challenges that are found in the value chain beyond first line suppliers of specific raw material groups. Cloetta’s sustainable sourcing programme is based on external certifications and/or verification according to the guidelines defined in Cloetta’s Code of Conduct.
Cloetta has evaluated all raw material groups and prioritized them based on the existing sustainability challenges and Cloetta’s opportunities to address these challenges. Cloetta has defined sustainability programmes for a number of raw materials and the longterm goal is to have sustainability programmes in place for all prioritized raw materials by 2020.