Ethical standards, sustainability and defending/encouraging the environment are the three key drivers of a successful business. For Guinness Nigeria Plc, be it suppliers or internal staff, it is pertinent that a high level of standards is complied in the conduct of its daily businesses. To reinforce this commitment to standards in business, the leading beverage manufacturer threw its weight behind an event organized by European Brands Association (AIM) PROGram for RESponsible Sourcing (AIM - PROGRESS) to enthrone a regime of responsible sourcing agenda among suppliers. The seminar, which held at Sheraton Hotel, Lagos had likeminded manufacturing giants like Coca Cola, Unilever, Cadbury, Nestlé Nigeria plc among others in attendance.
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Seni Adetu,speaking on why his company sponsored the programme said his mission at Guinness Nigeria was to enthrone a new generation of African leaders with the right values who would drive tomorrows businesses. He said that responsible sourcing is an integral part of the company’s operations. “At the very heart of this great Guinness brand is a desire to ensure that today’s growth does not compromise opportunities for future generations. To be a sustainable business, we need to extend our conscience beyond immediate commercial imperatives - we strongly believe that this is good for the business and for the long term interests of our suppliers and indeed all our stakeholders.”
Guinness Nigeria used the platform to showcase some of its key initiatives in the area of sustainable sourcing including its ‘Partnering with Suppliers’ Standard which focus on three core principles – optimising due diligence processes, building capability and supporting local supply businesses.
Mr. Adetu added “We realise that we cannot deliver this ambition alone and that we will need to decisively and energetically engage all our stakeholders in a synergistic way. Our desire as Guinness Nigeria is to do this in a collaborative way and to work with other like-minded companies on this agenda. Forums like today’s AIM PROGRESS seminar allow us to share and implement best practice models for improved efficiency and better performance.”
AIM PROGRESS forum aims to develop and promote the use of common evaluation methods to determine responsible sourcing performance within the supply chain and drive efficiencies for all companies by collecting, assessing and sharing non-competitive information. The four pillars of the AIM-PROGRESS program are Human Rights and Labour Standards, Health and Safety, Environmental Compliance and Business Integrity. The four pillars reflect the core values and principles shared by the participating companies, but are not intended to create a unified supplier policy or code for participating companies.