Circular and Sustainable Sourcing
At LANXESS, raw materials, other materials, equipment and services are subject to globally standardized requirements with regard to safety and environmental protection. Their procurement is the responsibility of our Global Procurement & Logistics (GPL) Group function, the head of which reports directly to the Board of Management member Dr. Hubert Fink. In close coordination with our business units, this administrative unit organizes Group-wide procurement, establishes corresponding guidelines, and initiates measures to promote purchasing synergies and sustainable behavior by our suppliers.
A global procurement guideline for the entire Group defines our employees’ conduct when dealing with suppliers and their employees. We have specified standardized workflows in the context of procurement in more detail in a process description.
According to the principles of the U.N. Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO), Responsible Care® and other CSR codes, we expect our suppliers to comply with national and other applicable laws and regulations for environmental protection, health and safety at work and with regard to labor and recruitment practices. Acceptance of the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct is an essential prerequisite for all suppliers wishing to work with us. To flesh out our requirements, we revised the content of the Code during year and added additional topics. In connection with this, the name was changed to the “Business Partner Code of Conduct” in order to make it clear that we expect sustainable and ethical conduct not only from our suppliers.