Responsible sourcing and funding
We're committed to ensuring that we are not sourcing minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold) that fund armed groups in the Conflict Region (Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries). We do not ban sourcing of minerals from this region because such a policy may harm legitimate miners.
We’re taking steps across our entire supply chain to confirm our sourcing does not fund armed groups in the DRC and adjoining countries. As part of this programme, we continue to carry out a reasonable country of origin enquiries on the products we manufacture and perform supply chain due diligence following the processes and procedures set out in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. Our Chief Compliance Officer is responsible for the efforts of this team.
We expect suppliers to have a policy in place and implement a system to trace the origin of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold supplied to the Company, following the template developed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. P&G product suppliers are encouraged to report any ethical concerns or policy violations, as outlined at https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/73321/index.html. This reporting mechanism is operated by a third-party supplier to help ensure anonymity.
If any external business partner has challenges in complying with our expectation, we'll attempt to work to address these challenges. If compliance cannot be achieved, we will terminate the relationship with the external business partner.