Responsible and sustainable purchasing: Membership of SEDEX


Involving suppliers in Rémy Cointreau’s social and environmental commitments, monitoring their dedication to these causes and accompanying them in their development.

As a member of the Global Compact since 2003, Rémy Cointreau demands that its suppliers respect the global social and environmental commitments of this international charter. By making respect for these commitments a provision in its contracts, Rémy Cointreau aims to involve its suppliers in its rigorous approach to social and environmental responsibility.

In 2015, Rémy Cointreau became a member of SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange), an international organization set up to encourage ethical, responsible business practices in global supply chains. It takes the form of a collaborative platform for the exchange of business ethics-related data.

In 2016, Rémy Cointreau received the Top Performers* 2016 award in the category “Responsible supply chain management: sustainable supplier relations”. This award recognizes Rémy Cointreau’s more stringent requirements towards its suppliers.

Since January 2016, the Group has subscribed to SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange). This international organization, which encourages ethical and responsible corporate practices in global supply chains, pools supplier audits and provides information on standards related to labor, hygiene and safety, the environment and business ethics.

As a result, the Group’s responsible purchasing policy has developed considerably, evolving from an integrated operating approach to one based on the pooling of assessments. At present, SEDEX makes it possible to pool and share audits already performed at suppliers by their other customers. This represents a considerable time-saving both for the group, which is able to find out in advance whether it can rely on its suppliers (if these have already been audited at the request of other customers), and for the suppliers themselves, who do not have to go through the same formalities again and answer a new set of questions.

Rémy Cointreau currently expressly requests its suppliers to join SEDEX. At present, 54% of identified strategic suppliers are members of SEDEX, and the aim is to increase this level to 70% by 2016/2017.