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A template to help you conduct a supplier sustainability audit

Conducting a supplier sustainability audit will help you to understand which businesses in your network will be able to withstand supply chain shocks arising from the climate change. You want to know that your main suppliers have considered

a) how they are reducing their carbon emissions to limit their contribution to the problem and

b) how they are going to continue to operate and assist your business

We've given you a starter for ten below. Please make use of this template to email out to your suppliers. Any questions contact

Dear [Supplier Name],

I hope this letter finds you well. As you know, we have been working together for some time now, and I have always appreciated the quality of the products you provide. However, as sustainability becomes an increasingly important issue for businesses worldwide, I am writing to inquire about your sustainability credentials.

As a company, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact, promoting social responsibility, and improving the sustainability of our supply chain. To achieve this, we are keen to work with suppliers who share our values and have robust sustainability practices in place.

Therefore, I would like to request that you provide us with information about your sustainability credentials. Specifically, I would like to know about:

- Your environmental policies and practices, including any efforts to reduce your carbon footprint and use of sustainable materials.

- Your social responsibility practices, including any measures you take to promote fair labor practices, human rights, and ethical sourcing.

- Your overall sustainability strategy, including any targets you have set for reducing your environmental impact and improving your sustainability performance.

If you have any sustainability reports or other relevant documentation, please share them with us. We would appreciate as much detail as possible about your sustainability practices so that we can make informed decisions about our supply chain.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to continuing our partnership and working together to build a more sustainable future.


[Your Name]

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