We believe that close engagement and collaboration with our raw material suppliers provides us the best opportunities to support development of sustainability and proactive mitigation of risks within our supply chains. Neste actively engages with its renewable raw material suppliers through workshops to collaboratively develop innovative solutions in the supply chain, continuously improve sustainability, and resolve any grievances where they occur.
We have arranged annual workshops for our PFAD and palm oil suppliers since 2014 to foster dialogue, and to hear about our suppliers’ concerns. They also provide us an opportunity to clarify our requirements and expectations. The topics of these workshops have ranged from human and labor rights to deforestation and supply chain traceability.
Workshops with suppliers and sub-suppliers
In August 2023, we arranged our latest two-day sustainability workshop, with more than 20 of our PFAD suppliers and sub-suppliers from the APAC region attending the event. This time we focused heavily on regulation and compliance, such as the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) and Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD). Other topics included promoting living wages in our supply chains, and discussing Neste’s Responsible Sourcing Principle and Supplier Code of Conduct requirements.
Previous workshop in November 2022 was curated especially with the objective of raising awareness and advancing on topics such as human rights due diligence and strategies to achieve 100% traceability to plantation (TTP). New topics, such as greenhouse gas emissions tackling scope 3, were also introduced and discussed during the workshop.
We also continue to work with our partner Consortium of Resource Experts (CORE) and PFAD suppliers to improve traceability and sustainability within the industry.