Regular audits are a critical component of any green supply chain strategy, but how do they work? HP’s Karl Daumueller, a veteran of supplier checks, explains how HP’s audits deliver results
BusinessGreen: What are you looking for on a supplier audit?
Karl Daumueller: The basis for HP’s auditing is the electronic industry code of conduct, which was introduced in 2004. It covers four areas: labour, including provisions on wages, overtime, child labour and discrimination; the environment, including pollution prevention, resource reduction, how suppliers are dealing with waste, water and chemicals and content restriction policies that ensure they are adhering to our list of banned substances; health and safety rules; and ethical guidelines that tackle corruption. All four of these elements have to be managed properly by the supplier through a formal management system.