In addition to embedding environmental and social responsibility into a company’s culture and operations, it is important to share values and vision with the entire value chain. Ethical considerations need to be integrated into how a company conducts its business, working to select suppliers that mirror the Company’s commitment to ethical conduct, global corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. Trinseo works with over 5,000 suppliers across the globe, and preferentially selects those that exemplify behaviors set out in its formal Supplier Code of Conduct.
In a recent materiality assessment, Trinseo stakeholders indicated responsible procurement to be a significant topic. We believe that this is an important element of our business that not only impacts our ability to operate, but also has impacts on our entire value chain and the communities we serve.
Procurement activities are to be conducted with integrity and care for the health and safety of our customers, suppliers, employees, and communities and for the protection of the environment. Furthermore, procurement must strive to maintain a sound business relationship with its suppliers, aiming for mutual growth, encouraging innovation, and adopting a culture of continuous improvement.
Trinseo’s Supplier Code of Conduct provides expectations relating to topics including, but not limited to:
We also expect the integration of sustainability and corporate social responsibility into each of our suppliers’ business strategies, products, supply chain processes, material sourcing, research and development activities, manufacturing, and operations.
Basic expectations set out include: complying with applicable laws and regulations; adhering to the highest standards of product stewardship, product quality, environmental responsibility, occupational health and safety, sustainability, ethical behavior, corporate social responsibility, and fair labor practices; and operating, and encouraging their own suppliers to the same. It’s a cascading effect and everyone along the value chain needs to adhere to the same principles.
Trinseo’s Supplier Code of Conduct sets out guidelines for our suppliers in the value chain, establishing the expectation that they will:
To enforce the policy, adherence to our Supplier Code of Conduct, or substantially similar principles, is included as a requirement in our contracts. As applicable, we ask that suppliers be members of Responsible Care® or similarly certified. Trinseo also works with our supply chain partners to ensure the sustainability and safety of materials. Given the regulatory and customer attention on raw materials throughout the supply chain, we request that suppliers promptly notify us of compliance issues via our hotline, changes in product composition, regulatory status, and product performance in connection with raw materials supplied. We also use a Raw Materials Regulatory Checklist to collect regulatory and other data, including country of origin, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification, Responsible Care® status, and energy management system information of suppliers.
The primary focus of Trinseo’s Global Procurement function is to support our businesses and functions to achieve the Company’s profitability goals and implement appropriate controls as we engage and pay third parties in pursuit of Trinseo’s goals. Procurement is expected to employ category and subject matter expertise, utilize Company buying leverage, and establish professional supplier relationships that benefit the Company.
Procurement collaborates with Trinseo’s businesses and functions as a trusted partner aligning sourcing strategies, operational plans, and continuous improvement initiatives to build cost, reliability, technical, and other key advantages by:
Path to Sustainable Procurement
Building on the Supplier Code of Conduct, and bolstered by the results of our Materiality Assessment, Trinseo has been implementing a policy that not only restates the requirement that suppliers adhere to Trinseo’s Code of Conduct but also sets forth Trinseo’s policy to preferentially select suppliers that adhere to the principles in our Supplier Code of Conduct and demonstrate the integration of sustainability and corporate responsibility into their business strategies. The Procurement Policy is designed to leverage Trinseo’s purchasing power across the Company to establish the principles and directives for the procurement of materials, supplies, equipment, and services on behalf of Trinseo, and it reflects the transparency that we expect in all procurement-related activities.
This policy includes a selection criterion for new suppliers and an evaluation criterion to retain existing suppliers. Supplier evaluation criteria is based on environmental, risk, quality, innovation, cost, and price parameters; new suppliers are checked for financial stability, sustainability, performance, and all ethics and compliance factors.