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Carlsberg subsidiary set to introduce five-point ‘discipline pact’ for suppliers

September 2011

A Ukrainian brewer has become one of the first eastern European companies to establish a code of conduct for its suppliers.

Slavutich, part of the Carlsberg Group, has made compulsory requirements of its business partners, intervening in five key areas: human rights, occupational safety and health, environment, business ethics and transparency.

The so-called ‘discipline pact’ requires suppliers to undertake ‘systematic work to prevent, minimize and correct the negative environmental impacts resulting from its activities’.

Under the pact, suppliers must also adhere to all Ukranian legislation, especially tax laws, and fight corruption.

The move by the company, the second-largest beer producer in the Ukraine, is another sign of momentum on CSR in the area. Over the last year, CSR indices have been established and national monitoring systems introduced in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and elsewhere, with non-financial reporting on the rise throughout eastern Europe.

Yuri Bykoriz, deputy chief executive at Slavutich, said: “To date, the responsible approach to all business processes is the basis for long-term and responsible building of business in Ukraine. For our company it is particularly important that our partners adhere to the same principles and standards that we ourselves realize.”

And he added: “The supplier’s code is called not only to upgrade credibility to the contractors but also to develop social culture among the Ukrainian companies.”

Along with Poland, the Ukraine is hosting the European football championships next summer, which is sponsored by Carlsberg.

Slavutich | Europe | Supply Chain Management

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