Around the world, we collaborate with tens of thousands of suppliers. These business partners provide ingredients, packaging and logistics for our products, as well as other goods and services that keep our operations running. We seek suppliers who share our values and responsible approach to business. To work with us, they must meet the standards set out in our Supplier and Licensee Code of Conduct and accompanying technical standards, and commit to extending these standards to their own suppliers.
The standards include requirements on business ethics, labour and human rights, quality, health and safety, and environmental sustainability. We also drive action by suppliers in our other Together Towards ZERO and Beyond focus areas. For example, many of our suppliers have large carbon and water footprints, and we require them to commit to reducing carbon emissions and manage water risk; this in turn helps us cut our own value chain footprint.
As a company, we recognize that diversity is found in any social identity such as gender, age, culture, ethnicity, physical abilities, political and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and other attributes.
At Carlsberg Group, respect for people is an essential part of how we do business. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to its 10 principles, which include human rights, and we are also committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and conduct continuous due diligence against its criteria.
As a company, we influence consumer decisions and behaviours, and we work with suppliers, customers and partner organisations in wider ESG and philanthropic initiatives that impact consumer and community members' lives.