Our Suppliers

The values and principles of the NSG Supplier Code of Conduct are detailed below under NSG's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals. This details the actions taken by NSG to assess, monitor and improve the compliance of its suppliers with these values and principles:

Supplier Code of Conduct

GOVERNANCE
Risk Managementkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect our suppliers to demonstrate a responsible attitude towards risk and for them, in turn, to expect the same from their own suppliers."

"We expect all our suppliers to operate their business in a responsible and prudent manner to minimise the risk of financial failure."

"We expect all our suppliers to inform NSG Group of any issues or developments that significantly increase the level of risk in the supply chain to NSG Group."

"We expect all our suppliers to maintain their own supplier risk assessment process."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored via 3rd party software for financial performance, risk of financial failure, and the integrity of its senior management.

As part of NSG Procurement's Supplier Performance and Risk Management Procedure, suppliers are assessed and rated by levels of risk. Where a supplier is deemed as high risk, action plans are developed and regularly updated in order to mitigate the risk.

Suppliers' performance monitoring systems are reviewed and assessed as part of our on-site audits with suppliers.
Competition Compliancekeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to prohibit any actions that falsify or distort free competition or market access or infringe the applicable legal rules concerning competition law."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored by NSG Group through third party software for incidences of competition law violation.

NSG Group conducts annual compliance training with its employees, which includes how to recognise competition compliance infringements and what actions need to be taken should employees find themselves in a situation with a supplier that threatens free competition.
Anti-Bribery & Corruptionkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to accept personal responsibility for behaving professionally ethically, fairly and with integrity."

"We expect all our suppliers to prevent the offering, promising or giving of a bribe and the requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting of a bribe by any person associated with them."

"We expect all our suppliers to notify NSG Group immediately if they become aware that any of the supplier’s directors, officers or employees act in the capacity of a Public Official where this could be relevant to their relationship with NSG Group."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored by NSG Group through 3rd party software for incidences of bribery and corruption.

Suppliers are assessed through our Supplier Code of Conduct audit. As part of this audit, we review suppliers’ policies concerning anti-bribery and corruption, and, where applicable, evidence of its enforcement.
Conflicts of Interestkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to notify NSG Group immediately if they become aware that any of the supplier’s directors, officers or employees have a relationship with any NSG Group employee that could result in a conflict of interest."
What we do

NSG Group conducts an annual compliance training program with its employees. As part of this, employees are educated on how to recognise and report a potential conflict of interest.

NSG Group operates an Ethics & Compliance Hotline for its employees and suppliers to report a relationship which could result in a conflict of interest.
Fiscal Obligationskeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect our suppliers to demonstrate a responsible attitude towards risk and for them, in turn, to expect the same from their own suppliers."

"We expect all our suppliers to operate their business in a responsible and prudent manner to minimise the risk of financial failure."

"We expect all our suppliers to inform NSG Group of any issues or developments that significantly increase the level of risk in the supply chain to NSG Group."

"We expect all our suppliers to maintain their own supplier risk assessment process."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored via 3rd party software for financial performance, risk of financial failure, and the integrity of its senior management.

As part of NSG Procurement's Supplier Performance and Risk Management Procedure, suppliers are assessed and rated by levels of risk. Where a supplier is deemed as high risk, action plans are developed and regularly updated in order to mitigate the risk.

Suppliers' performance monitoring systems are reviewed and assessed as part of our on-site audits with suppliers.
Continuous Improvementkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We will expect our suppliers not only to operate in compliance with today's expectations but also be aware of and already preparing for tomorrow's anticipated demands for example from NSG Group, its customers or government driven legislation aimed at continually improving peoples’ wellbeing and the environment in which they live."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed through on-site audits, during which ‘Continuous Improvement' targets and actions are reviewed.
SOCIAL
Inclusion & Diversitykeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"There should be no intentional discrimination for recruitments, promotions, job transfer, dismissal and other employment related activities on the basis of race, colour, creed, nationality, age, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, ethnic or national origins, disability, union membership, political affiliation or other status protected by law."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed through on-site audits, where procedures detailing company rules on discrimination and evidence that there has been no discrimination are reviewed.
Human Rights & Employment Standardskeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"All suppliers must conform to the relevant International Labour Organisation Labour Standards as a minimum requirement. This means suppliers must strive to apply employment standards which promote the application of human rights."

"We expect all our suppliers to operate and maintain an Employee Code of Conduct."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored through 3rd party software for incidences of human rights violations.

Suppliers are assessed through Supplier Code of Conduct audits on how they enforce and monitor employment laws in each country in which they operate.
Health & Safetykeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to provide a safe and healthy working environment by minimising, as far as reasonably practical, the causes of hazards inherent in the working environment."

"We expect all our suppliers to minimise the risk of exposure to harmful materials, machinery or operations."

"We expect all our suppliers to operate and maintain an effective safety policy."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed through on-site audits, where evidence of induction programs covering health and safety for new employees is reviewed.

As part of our on-site audits, we review suppliers’ safety management certification and assess their safety management systems.

Suppliers' safety policies and processes, as well as their implementation, are assessed and reviewed through Supplier Code of Conducts audits.
Anti-Slavery & Child Labourkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to respect national employment law on working hours. NSG Group will not engage with suppliers who apply or support forced labour. Young people under the age of 15, or older if defined by law, must not be employed."

"We expect all our suppliers to comply with legislation regarding slavery and human trafficking."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored through 3rd party software for employment law violations and incidences of child labour, slavery and human trafficking.

Suppliers are assessed through on-site audits, where evidence of a formal published employment policy that is in compliance with all applicable laws and stipulates minimum age, standards on labour rights and employment conditions is reviewed.
Conflict Mineralskeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to carry out due diligence with respect to the sourcing of conflict minerals and to support our customers in complying with the conflict minerals reporting obligations."
What we do

NSG Group and its subsidiaries support the aims and objectives of the US legislation on the supply of Conflict Minerals.

We are working with the relevant suppliers to determine which of our purchased parts/assemblies incorporate metals derive from the relevant minerals and are therefore subject to the requirements of Dodd–Frank Section 1502.

More information can be found in NSG Group’s Conflict Minerals Statement.
Environment
Environmental Legislationkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to comply with all applicable environmental legislation."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed and monitored through 3rd party software for incidences of environmental law violation.
Environmental Responsibilitykeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to have an environmental policy that is proportionate to the environmental risk of their business."

"We expect all our suppliers to follow procedures that ensure existing plant and equipment are operated in ways which minimise any impact on the environment."

"We expect all our suppliers to train employees and provide the necessary resources to make them aware of their personal environmental responsibilities in protecting the environment."
What we do

Suppliers' environmental policies are reviewed as part of Supplier Code of Conduct audits.

Suppliers are assessed through on-site audits and process audits on their environment related procedures, as well as the training programs that they have in place to educate employees on their personal environmental responsibilities.
Sustainable Developmentkeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"In line with our Sustainability Policy, NSG Group will communicate and work constructively with our suppliers and governments, regulatory agencies, the scientific community and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate, to develop and encourage business and community practices that make progress towards the common aim of sustainable development."
What we do

Suppliers are assessed through 3rd party software, which provides ratings on the basis of selected pre-defined criteria including sustainable consumption and development.
Hazardous Materialskeyboard_arrow_down
What we expect from suppliers

"We expect all our suppliers to manage hazardous material through compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards as well as internal rules and procedures. Suppliers must seek to take every possible measure in order to prevent release of hazardous material, fire, explosion and other major accidents that may cause severe damage to their own employees, premises, surrounding communities and environment."
What we do

Evidence of a supplier’s environmental certification or completed sustainability assessment is a requirement in NSG Group's process for approving new suppliers of materials of potential high environmental impact. Existing suppliers of materials of potential high environmental impact are monitored to ensure their certification/sustainability assessments are valid and up-to-date.

Suppliers are assessed through on-site supplier audits on their management of hazardous materials.
 
It is the responsibility of all our suppliers to follow the principles of this code. NSG Group asks that all suppliers agree to our Code of Conduct as a pre-requisite for conducting business with us.

The code is available in several languages below:

 

Communication and Cooperation

In line with our Sustainability Policy, we communicate with and work constructively with our suppliers and governments, regulatory agencies and other relevant stakeholders, to develop and encourage business and community practices that make progress towards the common aim of sustainable development.

We expect our suppliers to uphold the same standards in dealing with their own suppliers, contractors and sub-contractors – and to be able to provide evidence of this if requested.

For more details on sustainability activities, policies and procedures please visit the NSG Group Sustainability section.

Ethical Procurement

As NSG employees, the members of Group Procurement must observe all chapters within the NSG Group Code of Ethics including:

  • When dealing with suppliers in other countries, we must observe the local laws and regulations
  • Group Procurement must consider the impact that the sourcing, product and its disposal has on the environment
  • In dealing with suppliers we will not knowingly compromise safety for other factors such as lower cost, higher quality, quicker delivery
  • In dealings with suppliers we must ensure protection on NSG confidential information and intellectual property, in addition to the rights and usage of other companies’ confidential information