Environtally Preferable Purchasing

With the goal of promoting corporate responsibility beyond our own operations, we have adopted a Sustainable Purchasing policy whereby purchasing decisions incorporate health, safety, environmental and social considerations related to the product or service and the supplier. This policy has been translated into a binding corporate procedure that includes considerations such as a preference for reusable or recyclable products; products with a high recycled content; products and services with a low environmental profile in production, transport and use; products with a minimum of disposable packaging; and products and services with a low lifecycle carbon footprint.

We closely evaluate the performance of our raw material product and service suppliers according to health, safety, environmental and social criteria as well as according to the quality of their products. If the supplier falls short in any of these areas, of if we perceive excessive risk associated with the use of its products, we seek a replacement.