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Managing sustainability impacts and risks in the supply chain

Our responsibility towards society and environment extends to those we influence through our supply chain. We want to take all our suppliers with us on our journey to greater sustainability and use better practices to driver commercial performance.


  • Supplier screening: We review the environmental, social and governance practices of suppliers during the supplier selection process.

  • Ongoing supplier engagement: We have a programme of ongoing paper-based and on-site reviews and audits to ensure compliance and to drive continuous improvement.

2020 highlights

  • We have maintained our supplier audits, shifting to virtual and documentation reviews. We completed 18 supplier assessments during 2020.

  • 59 per cent of our total spend and 87 per cent of our hardware spend in 2020 was with suppliers that have been audited by Spirent or one of our contract manufacturers or through industry audit schemes in the last five years.

  • We launched our new Supplier Code of Conduct, asking suppliers to sign up. At year end, more than 200 suppliers representing 53 per cent of our total spend have formally adopted our Code of Conduct.

“We have adapted well to the challenges caused by COVID-19, working closely with our supply chain partners. We have maintained our delivery promises to customers throughout the year by anticipating issues and taking pre-emptive action.”
Jim Klaassen
Vice President Global Operations, FuturePositive Procurement Lead

Learn more about our sustainable procurement programme in our Sustainability Report.