Company systems and processes to drive effective implementation

Company systems and processes to drive effective implementation

Companies establish systems and processes that effectively promote and facilitate the implementation of commitments.

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Companies establish systems and processes that effectively promote and facilitate implementation of commitments. This Principle applies to all companies.

4.1

The company establishes senior leadership responsibility and accountability to stand behind its commitments, including at CEO and/or board-level.

4.2

Commitments are embedded into decision-making processes, systems, and performance metrics of core business units (e.g., procurement), agents, affiliates and subsidiaries at all applicable levels of the company. This includes dedication of relevant personnel as well as efforts to raise awareness and build capacity through company policies, incentives, manuals, and training initiatives.

4.3

The company develops and applies effective systems to guard against providing financing or other forms of support to producers or suppliers involved in deforestation, conversion of natural ecosystems, or adverse impacts to human rights, except where this support is to implement time-bound improvement plans towards fulfilling the company’s commitment (see Core Principle 6 ).

4.4

The company develops and implements stakeholder engagement plans or processes to provide relevant information to stakeholders and afford opportunities for input and engagement related to fulfillment of the company’s supply chain commitments.

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