Neste has undertaken several initiatives to identify and understand how risks may be present in our operations and supply chains. To ensure our suppliers’ compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct, Neste has implemented systematic controls for counterparty screening and monitoring in which all potential business partners and suppliers undergo automated pre-screening.
While the screening is predominantly focused on economic sanctions and trade compliance issues, counterparties are also screened for selected ethical concern categories in third-party enforcement databases and major news outlet sources.
A key element in understanding sustainability risks in our supply chains is assessing country risk. We use a bespoke, industry leading, country risk assessment methodology to map sustainability risks for the countries in which we operate and have supply chains.
Identifying and selecting good partners is crucial to the sustainability of our supply chains, and knowing the origin of our renewable products is a basic requirement on which we will not compromise. In addition to understanding the sustainability performance of our direct suppliers, we also want to gain visibility in practices throughout the entire renewable raw material supply chain, including our suppliers’ suppliers.
During the supplier onboarding we require our renewable raw material suppliers to disclose their supply chain actors and locations as determined by market requirements and even go beyond in some cases. For example, for crude palm oil we need to know the exact coordinates of the plantations. As for used cooking oil, we require exact information until the collection point where used cooking oil is gathered.