Sourcing contributes to our competitiveness and profitability. Our sourcing approach supports our business activities by implementing a set of standardized processes, tools, rules and governance. By purchasing responsibly we can build reliable, long-term business relations with suppliers and contractors, and use company resources/money in the most efficient way.
Don't contact suppliers directly – Sourcing will do this
Not following the sourcing processes or using the tools available can result in financial, operational and reputational risks for us
Don't give or receive any gifts, bribes or other illegal payments, to or from suppliers and contractors
We want to be seen as fair and professional, so we work to the highest standard of business ethics and sourcing practices. We expect our suppliers and contractors to meet the same high standards. Not following the processes or using the tools available can result in financial, operational and reputational risks for us.
Who can sign supplier contracts?
Supplier agreements shall always be put in writing. They are then signed or co-signed by an authorized person in Sourcing, after proper business approval by internal stakeholders. Agreements always need to be signed and entered into the sourcing system before purchases can be made.
Who selects new suppliers?
We keep a clear separation between the defining of our needs and the selection of suppliers. You're responsible for contacting Sourcing in good time when you have a purchasing need. Sourcing is responsible for evaluating and selecting suppliers (in collaboration with you). Our sourcing approach helps us to buy the best quality at a competitive price, and ensure the goods or services meet our business and sustainability needs.
If I need to buy services or products, can I send a request for proposal to potential suppliers?
No, you shouldn't contact potential suppliers yourself. Instead, create a Purchase Requisition in our purchasing system. Sourcing will then contact you for more information if needed or contact potential suppliers directly.
Where do I find information about the purchasing process and tools?
You can find information about the purchasing process and tools on our intranet. If you're unsure about anything, just speak with your local Sourcing Team.