At Essity, we believe that an inclusive supplier selection contributes to responsible business conduct and adds great business value for our suppliers as well as for our products. We strive for our supplier base to reflect Essity’s diverse range of customers and end-users and continuously develop and improve the inclusion strategy in our supplier base.
We value relationships with a broad spectrum of suppliers and work towards providing the maximum attainable opportunity for small and diverse businesses. We also value suppliers using genuine efforts in their operations to provide opportunities for small and diverse businesses to participate in subcontracts.
We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 12 to improve gender equality and work towards a sustainable and circular society.
Read more in our Global Supplier Standard, available at www.essity.com/gss
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Goal 12 is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, which is key to sustain the livelihoods of current and future generations.
Small and diverse businesses, as referred to by Essity, includes groups that are certified 51% owned, controlled, operated, and managed by minorities (MBE), women (WBE), service-disabled veteran (SDVOB or DVBE), LGBTQI+ (LGBTBE) and/or disabled (DOBE). Essity prefers third-party certified diverse suppliers and is a corporate member of WBENC and NMSDC in which access to a wide pool of certified diverse suppliers is accessible.
NMSDC serves as a growth engine for NMSDC-certified minority businesses and creates opportunities to connect MBEs to hundreds of America’s largest corporate members wishing to build relationships with trusted minority-owned companies.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses thrive.
Essity seeks to extend its Supplier Diversity program by measuring and tracking the development of diverse spend. We aim to increase our awarded subcontracting amounts as we advance the program. Our organization is being continuously trained with regards to supplier diversity to keep developing awareness, competences, and capabilities internally.