Supply Chain Sustainability

Back in 2014, the Polpharma Group focused on a sustainable supply chain as one of the pillars of its responsible business strategy. We are one of the leaders of this issue in Central and Eastern Europe. We believe that the global trend of a sustainable supply chain is a response to the challenges the world is facing.

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Why is it important to us?

Supply chain sustainability is a crucial component of Polpharma Group’s comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility. For a company that has a presence in many international markets, supply chain sustainability has become an essential and integral part of running the business.

As both a purchaser of goods and services and a supplier of medicines and pharmaceutical substances for other entities, we recognize the importance of having high standards within the supply chain. We continuously improve the company’s standards of conduct and promote them among our business partners.

Our mission has included the pursuit of excellence in providing high-quality pharmaceuticals. That is why it is so important to us to take care of the entire life cycle of our products, inspire each other and share knowledge with our partners in order to consciously manage our impact on the environment. The road to excellence begins with the first step our suppliers take. The strategic decision to introduce Supply Chain Sustainability naturally fits into our mission and way of thinking about long-term development – with our patients, employees and local communities in mind.

The Polpharma Group’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers

The Polpharma Group’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers is the starting point for us and our suppliers to improve business practices within the supply chain. This document defines the key requirements for suppliers, including ethical and fair business conduct, occupational health and safety, respect for human rights, as well as responsibility for product quality and the environment.

This is the first step to the further development of supply chain sustainability at Polpharma Group, and it will be supported by educational and verification activities.

We expect all of our suppliers, regardless of their country of origin, to adhere to the rules of conduct laid down in Polpharma Group’s Code of Conduct for Suppliers.

The Code of Conduct addresses issues pertaining to ethics, occupational health and safety, product quality, environmental protection and research. This document is the first step and a contribution to the continuous development of Polpharma Group’s entire supply chain, and adherence to its provisions is considered to be an essential criterion in the supplier assessment and selection process.

The Polpharma Group expects that its Suppliers undertake relevant efforts in order to:

  • communicate to their employees and suppliers all requirements under the Code of Conduct,
  • ensure compliance with the rules of the Code of Conduct by all actors in the supply chain,
  • verify compliance with the assumptions of the Code of Conduct and implement a system for their supervision,
  • promote and increase awareness of sustainable development.

We expect every employee representing the supplier to comply with the Code’s rules, both in interactions with Polpharma Group and any other entity. We are convinced that the Code’s principles will help suppliers to effectively manage and strengthen the ethics culture in their organizations. We encourage suppliers to actively implement the Code’s provisions.

We are aware that organizational changes may be needed to ensure that the suppliers’ operations are in compliance with the Code’s provisions. Since some of them will need time to be implemented, the processes may be adapted gradually where necessary. In that case, please contact us to advise what steps you intend to take to meet the Code’s requirements.

We monitor effective adherence to the Code’s rules and develop further solutions to support it. Therefore, we invite our suppliers to share any comments or doubts with us regarding the implementation and adherence to the Code in their organizations. We are also happy to share Polpharma Group’s experience and best practices in building an ethical culture in a company. We offer support with the implementation of the Code of Conduct in our suppliers’ organizations. Please contact us for details.

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