Ethical Principles Apply to the Entire Supply ChainNORMA Group’s Corporate Responsibility includes the entire supply chain, particularly its direct suppliers. Labour and social standards as well as environmental standards are particularly important for that. NORMA Group has asserted its influence on its suppliers’ work performance and social contributions based on this conception of responsibility while also ensuring that suppliers respect human rights. These are core elements of the Supplier Code of Conduct that we introduced in 2015.
We have also set strict ethical standards for sales: NORMA Group absolutely does not sell products or services that are socially unacceptable or taboo in a country. GRI [G4-PR6]
Binding Supplier Code of Conduct EstablishedNORMA Group acquires raw materials, products, and services with due consideration for sustainability. Our Supplier Code of Conduct, which applies around the globe, articulates the sustainable activity that NORMA Group expects from its suppliers. Among other things, the Code of Conduct requires suppliers to adhere to the following principles:
- Observance of and respect for human rights
- Exclusion of forced or compulsory labour
- Prohibition of child labour
- Workplace security
- Business integrity (anti-corruption)
With respect to human rights, the Supplier Code of Conduct is oriented toward the guidelines set forth by the ILO, UDHR, UN Global Compact and SA8000. NORMA Group was not linked to any human rights violations in the 2016 reporting year. GRI [G4-HR10]
But NORMA Group’s activities are not exclusively limited to the Supplier Code of Conduct. We apply sustainability criteria to the selection of our suppliers. Our goal is to integrate them more intensively into our strategic procurement processes. These comprehensive measures are intended to lead to responsible action throughout the entire value-added chain.
To date, 100 percent of our most strategically important suppliers have signed our Supplier Code of Conduct. These are the suppliers NORMA Group has been working closely with for a long time and will continue to work with in the future. The thirty-five most strategically important suppliers account for roughly 41 percent of our entire purchasing volume. GRI [G4-EN32, G4-EN33, G4-LA14, G4-LA15, G4-HR10, G4-SO9, G4-SO10]
Avoiding Conflict Minerals
NORMA Group also purchases small amounts of raw materials that are suspected of having been acquired or distributed in certain parts of the world that suffer from active conflicts.
Conflict minerals are raw materials that are mined or traded in conflict regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjacent countries, sometimes under conditions that constitute serious human rights violations. These include tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (known as 3TGs) or the corresponding ores like cassiterite, coltan, and wolframite.
NORMA Group uses small amounts of 3TG resources in its manufacturing process, such as coatings for screws or manufacturing of fastening elements. NORMA Group’s goal is to eliminate conflict minerals from its supply chain to the greatest possible extent.
To achieve that goal, NORMA Group has created the Conflict Mineral Roadmap. It follows the OECD recommendations for “responsible supply chains” (OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas). The objective of the Roadmap is to ensure supply chain transparency in close dialog with the suppliers and to fight against human rights violations along the value-added chains. Additionally, the respective suppliers are asked to use the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template) and then to make it available to NORMA Group. We use our eSourcing platform for this.
NORMA Group will expand its engagement in this area in the future. In the process, it will exchange information with the relevant partners (including suppliers, distributors, clients, and trade organisations) and make improvements.
In February 2016, we were awarded Gold Status in the EcoVadis Rating for our sustainability achievements. That means that NORMA Group is one of the top five percent of all assessed companies. EcoVadis Gold Status proves that our business is exercising responsible business practices to the fullest possible extent and constantly developing them further.
EcoVadis is a leading, independent sustainability rating service provider. Assessment is intended to make the sustainability practices of companies with international supply chains measurable and comparable. EcoVadis assesses four categories: environment, working conditions and human rights, responsible management, and sustainable procurement.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 – Disclosures
NORMA Group (US) is committed to international norms and conventions on human rights and fair labor standards, including a commitment to the elimination of forced and compulsory labor, the rejection of child labor, and freedom of association.
In relation to this, and in specific compliance to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, NORMA Group’s U.S. entities excluding NDS, Inc. (“NORMA Group (US)”) each make the following disclosure:
NORMA Group (US):
1. Does not yet directly verify its product supply chains to evaluate and address risks of human trafficking and slavery.
2. Does not yet audit suppliers to evaluate compliance with company's standards for trafficking and slavery in supply chains. To date, such verifications have not been independent, unannounced audits.
3. Does require direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into the product comply with laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.
4. Does maintain internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking.
5. Does provide training to company employees and management (those with direct responsibility for supply chain management) on human trafficking and slavery, and mitigating risks within the supply chains of products.
For more information on NORMA Group’s Supplier Code of Conduct, look here.