Fair assessment of suppliers
The Group is committed to upholding international and local laws and regulations. Purchasing and Business Partner Evaluation Policies and various procedures provide direction and guidelines on evaluation and engagement when dealing with major business partners. This encompasses working relationships with suppliers of goods and services to ensure business is being conducted only with legally, financially and technically-sound entities.
The Group adheres to international best practices and conducts fair and unbiased tender processes in dealings with vendors. When selecting vendors and suppliers, the Group takes factors into account such as quality of products and services, past performance, financial standing, capacity assessment and reputation including track records in handling social and environmental matters. The Group expects suppliers to observe the same environmental, social, health and safety and governance considerations when carrying out their own operating practices. Procurement teams are trained to apply each and every aspect of these policies and procedures when assessing suppliers, while tendering procedures are always communicated carefully to vendors. The Group also provides stakeholders, including vendors, with procedures such that they can report any suspected impropriety.