Global Supply Chains are Focusing More on Ethics, Human Rights, and Sustainability

Many companies require their suppliers to accept a code of conduct addressing ethical behavior, human rights and environmental sustainability. For business leaders, the challenge is ensuring the words are put into action. — By Donna Benjamin

The supplier code of conduct lays out the requirements for responsible sourcing and has become an important document in a number of companies. The purpose of the code is to have suppliers, many in global supply chains, commit to upholding the company’s standards for conducting business in an ethical manner. The typical supplier code of conduct includes principles like always conducting business ethically and lawfully, pro....