At Essity, we are constantly working to be the best in class by improving our organization, our processes and the skills of our employees. We are committed to a customer-focused approach and achieving continuous improvement. We expect and encourage our suppliers to adopt these same principles and practices. In support of Essity’s strategy we seek to work together with our suppliers to improve overall performance. This Global Supplier Standard (hereafter referred to as “GSS”) applies to suppliers of goods and services to the Essity group. This GSS comprises the requirements for responsible business operations, quality and sustainable development with which suppliers to Essity must comply. These requirements and expectations are presented in the different chapters of the GSS; “Supplier Code of Conduct”, “Quality”, “Product Safety”, “Environment”, “Chemicals” and the additional Annexes. It refers to international standards and defines specific Essity requirements. This GSS may be supplemented from time-to-time by other documents containing additional requirements. In this document, the following terms have the following meanings:
“Goods” means all sorts of materials utilized in Essity’s production (e.g. non-wovens, fibers, plastic films), packaging materials, chemical substances and preparations (e.g. industrial chemicals1 , functional additives2 and auxiliaries3), machinery, non-production material as well as merchandise4 (as defined below).
“Services” means all types of services provided by suppliers, including services in connection with the supply of goods. If a supplier’s production is conducted at separate sites or if part of the production process is subcontracted, the requirements in this GSS continue to apply in full and are relevant for all subcontractors involved in the production process of the goods.