In Chr. Hansen we want to ensure the best possible purchase conditions regarding cost efficiency.
Through strategic sourcing and co-operation with our vendors we conduct responsible supply chain management concerning product safety and product security as well as corporate social responsibility.
We prefer vendors that adhere to the same principles for business conduct as we do.
Vendors approval OpenClose
Prior to doing business with any vendor of products and services intended for consumer use, we perform a vendor approval. It is based on a self-assessment which all new potential vendors are asked to perform accompanied by relevant documents (policies, certificates, etc.).
The self-assessment covers three main themes:
1. Main vendor information
General company information
Competitiveness and price/cost transparency
2. CSR (Corporate social responsibility)
Responsibility related management system and reporting
Environmental issues and compliance
Human rights & labor standards, incl. child labor
Health & Safety issues
3. Quality assurance programs (Vendors of direct materials only)
Quality & Food Safety management systems (Food GMP and HACCP)
Based on the self-assessment, a total score is automatically calculated, as a basis for the recommendation for approval.
Performance, quality & responsibility OpenClose
Where relevant, we carry out vendor audits to assess the vendors’ ability to live up to our criteria.
Vendor performance management
Once approval has been initiated, it is essential for Chr. Hansen to keep track of vendors’ performance and progress to ensure that they live up to the prevailing criteria at all times. The vendors’ performance is monitored and evaluated regularly to make sure the requirements are met on a continuous basis. Where and when relevant we conduct audits.
Vendor first, then product
Our vendor approval process is separated from the approval of new raw materials. This means that in principle vendors are approved irrespective of the products they supply to us. As a responsible company we want to ensure that we do not buy products, however suitable they may be, from a vendor who does not live up to our demands in terms of Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Our vendor approval process OpenClose
Product and consumer safety is critical to Chr. Hansen as a vendor to the food and life science industries world-wide.
A trustworthy and global vendor platform
Our vendor approval system, which extends the quality and risk assessment of the supply chain to also include Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) issues, ensures a uniform global approach to vendor approval based on state-of-the-art information technology.
Our strategy is to create a trustworthy and global vendor platform.