Our responsible sourcing principles are embedded through our policies, risk assessments and ongoing engagement with suppliers across the group.
All new and existing suppliers, with which our annual spend is greater than £100,000, are included in our bi-annual risk assessment. It’s a process embedded across the group, to identify and address a range of environmental, social and governance risks.
We conduct human rights, health, safety and environmental audits on tier one and two suppliers which include downstream suppliers, such as our refurbishment centre, and recyclers that dismantle our products at end-of-life. We are aware that some suppliers may conceal issues during audits, which is why we train factory visitors, engineers and managers to identify and report these problems too.
We also support our suppliers’ risk assessments across their own supply chains. This helps ensure their partners are working to our high standards – and we’re supporting them to make changes if necessary.
We’re sharing our experiences and learning from others by being part of the Responsible Business Alliance, a leading body in ethical and sustainable sourcing for electronic products, and the Responsible Minerals Initiative, which ensures minerals used in electronic products are ethically sourced.
In 2014, we signed WWF’s Sustainable Timber pledge and are publicly committed to sourcing all our wood paper from sustainably managed sources by 2020. Our wood and paper purchasing policy requires all paper and wood supplied to Sky to either be recycled or come from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC©) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) sources. We are already achieving this in the UK and Ireland and now working on ensuring this is the case across the group.
Read our responsible sourcing policy.