Responsible sourcing

Altia purchases different types of products and services from around the world. Our suppliers and partners and their sub-suppliers are a key part of our supply chain. Altia is a member of amfori and participates in amfori BSCI, which supports us in developing the sustainability of our supply chains.

In 2017 our purchases amounted to 243.1 MEUR in value. 79 % of the total is sourced from EU countries or Norway, Finland being the single largest sourcing country with a share of 32 %. In total 4 % is sourced from risk countries as identified by the amfori BSCI (previously Business Social Compliance Initiative).

Sourcing of wines, raw materials, packaging materials and finished goods

We purchase wines, barley and other raw materials and packaging materials for our proprietary brands from suppliers, as well as finished goods from our partners.

We purchase barley from 1,500 contract farmers in Finland, directly or through grain traders. We also encourage our contract farmers to optimize the efficiency of their operations and use production inputs sensibly, for example, as part of our BSAG commitment made for the years 2015-2017 aimed at protecting the Baltic Sea.

We require compliance with the principles of the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct from our wine, raw materials and packaging materials suppliers and partners. In addition, they fill in our Corporate Social Responsibility questionnaire. The biggest sourcing countries of wines for Altia’s proprietary brands are Australia, USA, Chile, Spain and South Africa. For raw materials and packaging materials, the biggest sourcing countries are Finland, Sweden and Germany. The most significant origins of our partners’ products are France, Italy, South Africa and USA.

Social responsibility audits are conducted at our suppliers and partners within the amfori BSCI framework, focusing on risk countries. In 2017, a total of 18 audits were conducted at Altia's suppliers, partners or their sub-suppliers, commissioned by the Nordic alcohol retail monopolies or other participants to the amfori BSCI.

We conduct our own audits at raw material and packaging material suppliers, which focus on quality but also cover corporate responsibility topics.

Indirect sourcing

When sourcing different goods and services, which are not part of Alta's end products, product safety is ensured through documentation. The fulfilment of the contractor’s obligations and liabilities is ensured by requiring suppliers to register into Suomen Tilaajavastuu Oy’s Reliable Partner service. We are also a member of Nordic Source, a cooperative society for joint purchases, where responsibility topics are also discussed.

Altia Code of Conduct for Suppliers

We have created our own Code of Conduct for Suppliers and Subcontractors. Starting in 2017, the Code of Conduct has been made an integral part of contracts with suppliers. The Code of Conduct is primarily based on the same international agreements and principles as the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.