Responsible Sourcing Policy

Responsible Sourcing Policy

Responsible sourcing practices are absolutely vital in the construction industry. As a business that plays a leading role in the built environment, Knauf Insulation is continually aiming to minimise risk within our supply chain and to source responsibly.

Knauf Insulation strives to be the best for its customers and its people, and looks to make a positive contribution to society wherever it operates.

We aim to ensure that we deal with suppliers who also recognise their responsibility to the people they employ, the communities they affect and their impact on their local and global environment.

Suppliers are expected to adhere to these standards at all times and we will work with suppliers to support any necessary improvements and encourage continuous improvement. If suppliers fall short of this Policy we will expect such suppliers, working collaboratively with Knauf Insulation where possible, to rectify issues and make appropriate changes.

Our commitments

We aim to ensure that our suppliers join us in committing to their own Health and Safety policy and demonstration of safe practices.

Sourcing is conducted lawfully and with integrity. We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery, human trafficking, bribery or corruption in our supply chains or in any part of our business. The Knauf Insulation Code of Conduct reflects our commitment to acting lawfully, ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships. We have robust supply chain and business management processes within our ISO9001 Quality Management System which ensures that all suppliers are compliant and subject to regular review.

Where possible we build long standing relationships with suppliers and customers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour and our values.

We have systems in place to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers. Staff are expected to report concerns and management are expected to act upon them.

To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of potential modern slavery and corruption in our supply chains and our business, we provide training to relevant members of staff. Established policies and training addresses bribery, conflicts of interest, gifts and hospitality, competition and competitor information and financial records. Money laundering, safeguarding information and property, compliance with laws and reporting concerns and non-retaliation are all also addressed.

We expect our suppliers to act in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations with suitable controls and processes in place to maintain compliance. We aim to improve our level of understanding of the maturity of our suppliers’ compliance management systems through internal and third party assessments.

We will continue to develop tools to monitor and manage supply chain risk in commercial, environmental, safety and social impact categories.

We seek to engage with our suppliers to develop programmes or products to reduce our impact on the environment including energy usage, transport, packaging, raw material usage, renewable and recycled materials and water usage. We have a target to send no waste to landfill.

To support the procurement of energy efficient products and services and design for energy performance improvement, where appropriate.

We ensure that our employees receive training, support and development opportunities to enable them to make a fulfilled and sustainable contribution to the company.

We treat all our stakeholders fairly and with respect.

Neil Hargreaves
Managing Director – Knauf Insulation Northern Europe

Signed: 25/01/2021