Our Suppliers



Our Suppliers covers activities related to the sourcing of raw materials that AAK uses in its production plants. Sustainable sourcing of raw materials is the backbone of AAK’s business and a key element in our strategy. The combination of the right raw materials and our co-development approach is key to the wide range of solutions offered. Just as it is vital for AAK to obtain the right raw materials, AAK places equal emphasis on how our raw materials are produced. For this reason AAK has implemented a Supplier Code of Conduct that, together with other policies, applies to all AAK’s direct raw material suppliers worldwide.

Natural raw materials
AAK’s core business is speciality vegetable oils that meet the needs of the food, confectionery and cosmetics industries. Sourcing renewable raw materials from around the globe, the broad product portfolio is manufactured at AAK’s produc­tion plants in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Raw materials are obtained from rapeseed, palm oil, soya beans, shea kernels, sunflower seed, olives and many other sources. Drawing on the company’s extensive knowledge and more than a century of experience, the properties of vegetable oils are exploited to add value to the products of customers within the company’s target industries.

AAK Supplier Code of conduct - a prerequisite
Introduced in late 2009, the AAK Supplier Code of Conduct is now implemented with all direct raw material suppliers. The Supplier Code of Conduct is an integral part of the approval system of new raw material suppliers and compliance of the Code is a prerequisite for final approval. In West Africa, the Code has been implemented in a different way due to various linguistic and cultural challenges. Because ethical requirements in business relations are not a widespread tradition in the region, more meetings and explanations are required to achieve the necessary understanding.

The AAK Supplier Code of Conduct stipulates requirements with regard to the following:

• Human rights 
• Child labour 
• Working hours 
• Working environment
• Environment 
• Forced labour 
• Discrimination
• Housing
• Young workers
• Remuneration 
• Freedom of association
• Corruption 
• Notification 
• Workplace violence

Our suppliers objectives 2017+

Palm oil traceability 
2017: Maintain full traceability to palm oil supplier mills
2019: Full traceability to plantation

Palm oil compliance 
2017: Risk assessment completed with all suppliers and their mills
2017: Complete at least five on-site verifications of supplier mills

Shea supply chain 
2017: At least 100,000 women enrolled in AAK’s women’s groups program in West Africa

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