Supplier Risk Areas

Our methodology is that business will benefit from taking on additional risks. However, businesses must be weary of all 23 risk areas suppliers face when engaging in any new transaction. Each risk area is regulated by laws across the globe to ensure ethical and fair business conduct.

  • Corruption & bribery

    Corruption & bribery

    The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the United Kingdom Bribery Act and many other laws around the world oblige companies to take steps to ensure their suppliers are not engaged in corrupt

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  • Illegal animal testing

    Illegal animal testing

    Many companies have a policy of not engaging in animal testing and ensure that their suppliers have similar standards. The risks of animal testing are normally managed through...

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  • Environmental stewardship

    Environmental stewardship

    One of the biggest opportunities for risk is the potential for excessive emissions and waste produced by the supply chain.

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  • Sustainability


    Companies and their supply chains now play a role in ensuring that they also protect the social, economic and other requirements that will allow them to support future generations.

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  • Product regulations

    Product regulations

    Without first developing an approach to understand the regulations that apply to the business and individual products, companies run the risk of significant wasted effort for both resources and...

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  • Emissions & waste monitoring

    Emissions & waste monitoring

    One of the biggest opportunities for risk is the potential for excessive emissions and waste produced by the supply chain.

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  • Chemical usage

    Chemical usage

    To protect ourselves from hazardous chemicals, they have to be handled in a suitable way so that exposure can be reduced to an acceptable level – or they need to be replaced by safer alternatives.

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  • Business continuity

    Business continuity

    Understanding where potential exposure to supply interruption and the development of continuity plans can save companies from revenue loss and/or brand erosion.

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  • Data security breaches

    Data security breaches

    As many suppliers these days involve technology solutions - many of which are hosted solutions - there is a need to ensure that your suppliers take extra precautions.

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  • Intellectual property infringement

    Intellectual property infringement

    In many situations, your company will be sharing such intellectual property with your suppliers. Therefore, your suppliers need to take precautions to protect your intellectual property.

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  • Personal information mishandling

    Personal information mishandling

    The risks of protecting personally-identifiable information are normally managed through...

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  • Irresponsible marketing

    Irresponsible marketing

    The risks of irresponsible marketing are normally managed through...

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  • Materials labelling and handling

    Materials labelling and handling

    Your supplier’s operations require the use and handling of hazardous properties that are of concern for human health and the environment.

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  • Modern-day slavery

    Modern-day slavery

    Modern-day slavery refers to a range of actions, including bonded, forced migrant and child labour as well as human trafficking. Countries that have enacted rights to protect individuals include...

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  • Employee rights

    Employee rights

    It is expected that large companies will ensure that their suppliers' workers are protected, receive a fair working environment, work according to local and best practices, and are paid appropriately.

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  • Diversity


    A supplier diversity programme aims to proactively identify, build relationships with, and purchase goods and services from certified small businesses as well as enterprises owned by minorities.

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  • Anti-competitive behaviour

    Anti-competitive behaviour

    Anti-competitive behaviour is typically banned by various governments under trade practices, competition laws or antitrust legislation.

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  • Politics


    The risks of engaging a supplier with strong political affiliations are normally managed through...

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  • Export controls

    Export controls

    These laws place an onus on you to ensure that your suppliers are not engaging with sanctioned companies, individuals or countries.

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  • Health & safety

    Health & safety

    Health & safety risks are at the forefront of every company. If suppliers are providing you with services or products that may be unsafe they can make your company and customers liable.

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