Supply chain: Close cooperation with our factories

We do not own any factories but work in close relationship with them to continue our joint development. Our long-term goal is to take full responsibility throughout the supply chain.

Long Term Goal
  • Take full responsibility throughout the supply chain.
MEASURABLE GOAL
  • 100% sustainability-audited and approved factories by 2018.
    ACTIONS 2016
    • According to plan, three factories audited for sustainability. In total, 11 factories (61 %) have been audited since 2011.
    • Decision on more resources for sustainability audits.
  • GOING FORWARD
    • Implement new plan for more frequent sustainability audits and sustainability work in China.
  • Continuously improve sustainability performance throughout the supply chain.
    ACTIONS 2016
    • Improvements in audited factories in all the focus areas in our
      Code of Conduct
    • Focused, in-depth, on the chemicals handling in our sustainability audits.
    • Decision on more resources for sustainability audits.
  • GOING FORWARD
    • Continue conducting in-depth audits on chemicals and follow up on the improvements made.

*Status December 2016

  • not started/far from reached
  • on track
  • completed/on track

Best in class factories only

We work with our factories in long term partnerships. As part of NCAB Group’s sourcing process, potential factories are assessed from a quality and environmental perspective, and since 2015 sustainability performance is also a part of the approval process. Our audits take place on site. In addition to this all our factories have to:

  • be certified to ISO 9001 (quality management system)
  • be certified to ISO 14001 (environmental management system)
  • report on conflict minerals according the framework provided by CFSI (Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative) and follow the CFSP (Conflict-Free Smelter Program)
  • follow EU legislation regarding raw material content (RoHS and REACH)
  • comply with local regulations regarding water quality and emissions to water
  • sign and comply with our Code of Conduct, based on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ISO 26000 and UN Global Compact

NCAB Code of conduct

During 2009 we implemented a Code of Conduct which forms part of the contracts we have with each of our factories. The requirements in the code are inspired by the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and cover:

  • Human rights
  • Labour practices
  • Child labour
  • Environmental management
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual property

NCAB expects all of our factories and employees to follow our Code of Conduct. For more information, download the NCAB Group Code of Conduct.
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