Responsibility for Sustainable Development
Sika takes responsibility for sustainability along the value chain and includes suppliers. The Supplier Code of Conduct has been binding on all new suppliers since 2015 and is gradually being extended to existing suppliers. By the end of 2019, the agreement had been endorsed by a total of 8,367 suppliers (+21%) and now covers 86% of the value of direct spend. Sika thereby ensures that suppliers are informed of Sika’s ethical, environmental, and social expectations and guidelines and that they carry out their processes in compliance with the Sika sustainability criteria.
Supplier qualification and evaluation
Sika’s group-wide process maps out the main sustainability principles (economic, social, and ecological) for supplier qualification and evaluation. The multistage supplier evaluation process has three central elements: It starts with the commitment to comply with the Supplier Code of Conduct and the completion of a self-assessment formulaire. In unclear cases, the purchasing department will follow up with sustainability audits before concluding a supply contract.
Documentation generated during supplier qualification, like audit and visit reports, supply agreements and specifications, is transparently recorded and stored on a dedicated platform. The system enables buyers to inspect suppliers’ qualifications and improve them in their countries as necessary.
Together for Sustainability: Assessment and Evaluation of Sustainability Performance
Sika is a member of the ‘Together for Sustainability’ (TfS) initiative. The organization, founded in 2011, aims to improve sustainability practice within the supply chain of the chemicals industry. Sustainability is a key feature and a central element of Sika’s growth strategy.
With this membership, Sika sets clear targets for compliance with sustainability and quality standards in procurement and within the supply chain. The TfS program is based on the UN Global Compact and Responsible Care® principles, and allows Sika to assess and evaluate the performance of its suppliers in various aspects. This includes environmental, labor & human rights, ethical and sustainable procurement performance in order to achieve measurable improvements and its own sustainability performance.
Sika's overriding goal is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton manufactured by 12% until 2023. Climate Performance is one of the target areas of Sika’s Growth Strategy 2023. Due to the importance of the topic, Sika is processing CO2 reduction programs covering all regions and countries.