FoodMan prioritizes resource-efficient processes and materials to reduce our environmental impact and preserve nature, so you can enjoy our products with a clear conscience.
We consider sustainable business practices as a prerequisite for sustainable development, which entails meeting the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the global action plan for sustainable development. We have developed a sustainability policy, which along with FoodMan's Code of Conduct, forms the foundation of our sustainability efforts. FoodMan's sustainability goals are aligned with the UN's SDGs, and we actively work towards achieving them. FoodMan AS is a proud member and supporter of Ethical Trade Norway (ETN).
As a member of Ethical Trade Norway, we commit to actively engage in due diligence for sustainable business practices. Due diligence is a risk-based approach to respecting and safeguarding people, communities, and the environment in our own operations and throughout the supply chain. We expect our suppliers and partners to follow the same approach.
As a producer of nuts, snacks, and chocolate, imports are a significant part of our daily operations. Today, Asia and South America are two of our most important collaboration areas.
We recognize that working conditions in the regions from which we import are not always acceptable in all respects. However, FoodMan works closely with its major partners and makes significant efforts to provide adequate structural oversight. We are committed to continually raising our standards for enhanced knowledge, better assessment, and a faster and more proactive approach. Given the numerous suppliers and sub-suppliers we work with, it is crucial for us to address this proactively while ensuring a pace that allows for genuine and sustainable progress.
FoodMan is certified by FSSC 22000, Rainforest Alliance, and Debio. We also encourage our suppliers to join SEDEX, an organization that helps businesses gain insight and visibility into their supply chain, assess risks, and comply with laws and regulations. We require SMETA audits in certain countries.
Risk assessments are important to us. We identify potential negative consequences for people, communities, and the environment and take measures to stop, prevent, and reduce impact. We practice responsible purchasing and work to empower our suppliers. We thoroughly evaluate new suppliers before making purchases and encourage open dialogue and trusted relationships.
FoodMan AS considers responsible purchasing practices as one of our key tools in promoting sustainable business practices. We will adapt our own purchasing practices to strengthen, rather than undermine, suppliers' ability to meet the requirements we set to ensure good conditions for people, communities, and the environment. We follow the Brundtland Commission report and the UN's guidelines on corporate responsibility for human rights. We also support OECD's guidelines for due diligence and encourage supplier development and partnerships. We avoid trading partners involved in trade boycotts imposed by the UN and/or Norwegian authorities.
We collaborate with our suppliers and support them with expertise and resources to meet FoodMan AS' requirements in the supply chain. We lay the foundation for strong partnerships with suppliers who are willing and able to contribute to positive development for people, communities, and the environment.
FoodMan AS, including our suppliers and partners, shall avoid trading partners with activities in countries under trade embargoes imposed by the UN and/or Norwegian authorities.