Putting ethics at the heart of our business relationships
Supplier Code of Conduct
As a government-owned business corporation, the SAQ seeks to adopt the best practices pertaining to its values and rules of ethics. To properly carry out our mission and maintain the trust placed in us, our suppliers are also required to act with integrity and honesty and to comply with our rules of ethics, in particular as regards human rights and the environment.
This is why the SAQ has put in place the SAQ Supplier Code of Conduct. The code sets forth the company’s expectations regarding the activities and practices of its suppliers and on which the SAQ relies to ensure suppliers’ compliance. It applies to all suppliers with which the SAQ has business dealings as well as to their subcontractors.
In 2012, the SAQ adopted a Responsible Procurement Policy aimed at integrating environmental, social and economic values throughout the supply chain.
The policy has been implemented in various ways. For example, responsible sourcing guides have been developed for a multitude of goods and services. The guides detail the minimum criteria to meet and the best practices to consider.
The SAQ also takes advantage of its enormous purchasing power to encourage its suppliers of products, goods and services to adopt responsible business practices. Consequently, eco-responsible criteria are an integral part of all the SAQ’s calls for tenders and agreements.
In its evaluation grid for beverage alcohol products, points are awarded to suppliers that are certifed by a credible, independent body (organic, fair trade, sustainable development) and to encourage the use of lightweight glass or glass alternatives.
Collaboration with the community
To stay on top of developments in responsible procurement, the SAQ is a member of the Espace québécois de concertation sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable.
It is also part of the L'économie sociale, j’achète! movement, an initiative of the Conseil d’économie sociale de l’île de Montréal, which encourages organizations to purchase products and services from social economy businesses.