Visy is committed to conducting a comprehensive ongoing assessment of its raw material supplies to the source and of the integrity of its suppliers.

Visy’s Responsible Sourcing Commitment

Visy is committed to conducting a comprehensive ongoing assessment of its raw material supplies to the source

Visy’s supply chain currently sources packaging material from suppliers across many different divisions. Internationally, some raw material inputs have been, and still are, procured from sources that may not be responsibly managed. Visy is committed to conducting a comprehensive ongoing assessment of its raw material supplies to the source and of the integrity of its suppliers.

The Visy Executive Team commits to engage and work with all suppliers of primary materials to Visy, with the aim of meeting a set of minimum standards relating to the Social and Employment well being of employees and communities within the supply chain, protection or enhancement of the natural environment where the materials are sourced, and the business integrity of our suppliers. 

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Social: “Ensuring employees and communities are not negatively affected throughout the entire supply chain”
Environment: “Maintaining or enhancing the natural environment from where the material is sourced”
Business and Integrity: “Ensuring appropriate agreements are established and maintained with suppliers throughout Visy’s supply chain”

Visy has established some staged goals to ensure suppliers will meet the standards as specified in the Responsible Sourcing Commitment – Fibre and the Responsible Sourcing Commitment - Primary. Progress towards these goals will be reported on.

How will this be achieved?

By June 2019

  • Visy Executive Team will allocate a responsible person/s to implement Visy’s Due Diligence Process for supply chain assessment

  • Identify and assess at least 85% (total procurement spend) of Visy’s prime material suppliers for risk associated with compliance against Visy’s Responsible Sourcing Commitment

  • Suppliers will confirm their commitment to the Visy Supplier Code of Conduct 2018

By December 2020

  • All fibre shall be independently verified against one of the internationally recognised programs (FSC, PEFC, SFI, or PEFC recognised local Forest Management Schemes)

  • Primary suppliers will be assessed using criteria that is consistent with internationally recognised due diligence systems for responsible business practices

  • Any suppliers identified as potential high risk will be assessed on site by one of Visy’s Responsible Sourcing team members, or an independent third party



  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent4 is undertaken in entirety by suppliers prior to the commencement of sourcing activities

  • Engaging with local communities to identify any special needs and potential impacts of operations conducted by the supplier with the aim to reach a mutual outcome

  • Identification and respect for indigenous customary land use

  • The fibre supply chain is free from Child or Forced Labour

  • Adherence to relevant local, national or international conventions governing minimum standards for employee wages, working hours, working age and benefits including overtime

  • Allowing freedom to collectively bargain and freedom of association

  • Proactive management of workplace safety and health risks

  • Providing a whistleblower line for employees and supply chain partners



  • Adherence to legislation applicable to the area and country of harvest as well as ratified international conventions, and obligatory minimum standards

  • Sourcing fibre from land that is not converted to plantation use from existing native vegetation1

  • Identification and protection of biological, ecological, social, or cultural values of outstanding significance (known as high conservation values, or HCVs)2

  • Plan operations with overall respect given to the impact of operations on the environment of the supply area, and applicable surrounding areas affected by sourcing activities

  • Compliance with CITES3 provisions relating to trading in flora is demonstrated, including through possession of certificates for harvest and trade in any CITES species



  • Business is conducted free from corruption and bribery

  • Supply agreements established through the supply chain are not unconscionable or oppressive, having regard to the respective bargaining power of the parties

  • Ensure all trade and customs laws are adhered to, relevant to the country and species

  • Suppliers hold the appropriate land tenure and/or management rights as well as legally required licences for conducting operations