Leadership commentary

Katharina Stenholm, CEO, SABMiller Procurement

Katharina Stenholm, CEO, SABMiller Procurement

Our ambition is for 80% of our spend to be with accredited suppliers to our programme by 2020.

Tackling human rights risks in our supply chain requires transparency about the situation, and collaboration to address the issues. This has been a focus for SABMiller Procurement since it was established in 2010. We welcome the focus the UK's Modern Slavery Act puts on this area of human rights.

To understand the risks in our supply chain we have implemented a supplier accreditation programme including on-site audits of high-risk suppliers. We understand that audits have their limitations, but believe that by helping suppliers to address gaps in their risk management processes, and by accelerating our support for Prosper, we can reduce the risk of human rights violations, including modern slavery, in our supply chains. Our ambition is for 80% of our spend to be with accredited suppliers to our programme by 2020.

In Africa, we are working closely with Partner Africa, a leading social enterprise and pioneer in ethical and socially responsible business practices, to help suppliers in the region to meet our global standards.

Katharina Stenholm

CEO, SABMiller Procurement