Working closer with suppliers
J. Lauritzen is launching an internal responsible procurement programme that is based on both the UN Global Compact and the UN's guiding principles on business and human rights.
International institutions such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have in recent years increased their focus on how companies work with supply chain management and integrate social and environmental issues in their supplier due diligence.
Within the UN, the most significant development evolved in 2011 when a set of guiding principles on business and human rights was unanimously endorsed by the general assembly. These principles outlined the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, including labour rights, within the entire supply chain. The guiding principles were subsequently adopted by the OECD and included in their guideline to multinational enterprises in May 2011, making the guiding principles mandatory for these multinational enterprises.
With the creation of the new responsible procurement programme, J. Lauritzen (JL) is one of the first companies to include the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights when approaching suppliers.