At Kimberly-Clark, we want to make sure all of our employees and those of our suppliers are treated with respect and our workplace and human rights standards are met. In 2017 we expanded our Corporate Social Compliance Buyers Training program into Latin America with nearly 50 Kimberly-Clark supplier facing team members participating in four training sessions in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.
“During these interactive sessions, we talk about the consequences of noncompliance, including risks to workers, such as injury, loss of life, and human rights impacts, as well as business reputational and financial risks,” said Chris Weber, Kimberly-Clark’s Director, Responsible Supply Chain. “We also emphasized Kimberly-Clark’s code of conduct, as well as our values, policies, and our United Nations Global Compact commitments.”
During the second half of the training, we gave Kimberly-Clark buyers a virtual factory tour and asked them to share their observations about potential issues. “We also gave them a list of things to look for and questions to ask when they visit factories,” says Weber.
After the training, we gave buyers a report card they can use to share what they see during factory visits. Our social compliance team incorporates that feedback into our risk assessments and, if needed, schedules a formal audit to address any concerns. Our audit program identifies key suppliers through a risk-based approach to help determine which should be subject to our audit and declaration of compliance requirements.
Our buyers program provides an additional layer of on-the-ground information that complements the work of our corporate social compliance team. In the future, we plan to expand this program by integrating our buyers’ training into Kimberly-Clark’s Supply Chain University platform, which will allow us to reach a much larger group of buyers across our organization.
Ultimately, this program is helping our business build a strong, resilient and compliant supply chain.
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