Responsible supply chain

Billerud procures raw materials, wood, chemicals, transport, products, energy, and services from its global supplier base. Working towards a sustainable supply chain means that all purchasing decisions must be made in line with principles of business ethics and comply with the sustainability criteria.

Billerud sets high demands on indirect and direct material and fiber suppliers. The fundamental requirements that apply to our suppliers are outlined in Billerud’s Supplier Code of Conduct together with international standards, current legislation, and regulations. Our target is to have the Supplier Code of Conduct signed by 95% of our supplier spend (over applicable threshold values) by the end of 2025.

The Supplier Code of Conduct clearly sets out our expectations and minimum requirements and includes areas such as statutory compliance, business ethics, human rights and labor law, health and safety and the environment. Goals and activities to achieve a sustainable supply chain are an integral part of the business plan of Billerud Procurement & Wood supply function in Europe, with the ambition to improve the sustainability performance of both Billerud and our suppliers. Purchasers undergo training in Supplier Code of Conduct and the processes we have for evaluating suppliers. Supplier evaluations and Supplier Code of conduct are followed up regularly and reported to the Procurement & Wood supply management team and to the Group management team.

Read our Supplier Code of Conduct.
Read our Group Directive Procurement.

Supplier evaluations

We have a continuous dialogue with our suppliers to increase their knowledge of the content of our Supplier Code of Conduct, and to strengthen their performance within sustainability and ability to meet our requirements. We continuously encourage our suppliers to develop and improve sustainability in their end-to-end supply chains. We have routines in place to identify suppliers that are critical to the business, such as suppliers of direct materials, suppliers with a purchase value over or certain threshold, or who are deemed to have a sustainability risk. Risks are considered when onboarding new suppliers and are monitored during ongoing business. This includes environmental risks as well as screening against Billerud’s list of excluded and high-risk markets (defined as jurisdictions perceived as having high risk related to responsible business, e.g. human rights, labour rights and/or and corruption.)

Billerud implemented a collaboration with EcoVadis, a third-part solution for supplier assessments, during 2019. EcoVadis provides an evaluation that is based on the supplier’s size, industry, and location. The evaluation consists of four main categories:

  • Environment
  • Labor and Human Rights
  • Ethics
  • Sustainable Procurement

After being evaluated by EcoVadis, suppliers receive a rating and a scorecard. Billerud has set rating levels for approval, approval with conditions or non-approval. Suppliers that are approved with conditions shall commit to improve their performance and carry out improvement activities. In these cases, the supplier needs to implement a Corrective Action Plan (CAP). When deviations are identified, we provide guidance and support to help the supplier to implement systematic improvements. Suppliers that are not approved may pose a risk to Billerud, and in those cases, Billerud has the right to terminate contracts with the supplier and will not source from that supplier. A high evaluation score is an advantage in supplier selections.

Evaluations of the logistics companies that manage inbound transports of wood raw material and outbound transports are conducted via tailored supplier assessments that cover health and safety, working conditions and the environment.

In connection with acquisition of our North American business, we are in the integration process to apply and secure a common approach to the implementation of Supplier Code of Conduct, and supplier assessments across our business.

More information about our Procurement processes can be found in our sustainability report. Sustainability and compliance are important parts of the supplier evaluations. Read more about how we target our supplier evaluations.


See also

Sustainability report

Billerud's sustainability report contains details on our sustainability work and results from the year.

Sustainability targets

Our sustainability work is driven by a number of tangible and ambitious targets that help us to steer our strategy and daily operations.

About our Code of Conduct

Billerud Code of Conduct brings together the values, attitudes and guidelines governing our relations with each other and with society.