Course presentation

Course Level: 

Basic level course.  Approx: 15-20 minutes.

Course Description:

Procurement departments are responsible for sourcing goods and services from suppliers that meet the organization's requirements for quality, cost, and delivery. However, in addition to these basic requirements, procurement professionals must also consider the ethical and social implications of their purchasing decisions. This is where a supplier code of conduct comes in.

Who Should Enroll:

  • Procurement professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of ethical procurement.
  • Supply chain managers responsible for developing and enforcing supplier standards.

  • Anyone in a procurement role looking to enhance their organization's ethical and social responsibility.

Why This Course:

This course offers a comprehensive look at the importance of a supplier code of conduct in modern procurement practices.


    1. Content presented in course - download.

    2. What is code of conduct

    3. Supplier code of conduct

    4. The content of a supplier CoC

    5. Transparency International

    6. The consequences of low business ethics (corruption).

    7. Real life examples - unethical behavior.

    8. Examples: Links to 5 Supplier CoC.

    9. Supplier Code of Conduct and the Sourcing process

    1. Questions to help you verify that you meet the Learning Objectives.

    1. Summary of the Course.

    2. Reflection after the course

About this course

  • €20,00
  • 14 lessons
  • Basic level - Tactical buyer role
  • 15-20 min
  • Quiz and Certificate


Senior instructor. Fredrik Axelsson

Meet Fredrik, a seasoned procurement professional from Gothenburg, Sweden, with a Master's in Economics from Gothenburg University and an Executive MBA from Stockholm Business School. With roles at LM Ericsson, Solectron Sweden AB, Axelson Purchasing Resources AB, Saab AB, and Alstom/GE, Fredrik has amassed expertise in sourcing and procurement. In 2017, he launched Sourcing Partner, a procurement consultancy firm how also own and manage Learn How to Source. Fredrik's diverse experience spans from Operative Buyer to Sourcing Director and roles like Commodity Manager and Business Development, in line organizations and projects, including industries like banking and manufacturing. Fredrik's story is one of continuous growth, learning, and adaptation, making him a well-rounded professional with a wealth of knowledge to offer.

Why having a Supplier Code of Conduct

As a procurement professional who regularly issues Requests for Quotations (RFQs) to potential suppliers, I have come to recognize the profound importance of including a Supplier Code of Conduct in the procurement process. This document, often considered a mere formality by some, actually plays a crucial role in defining the ethical and operational expectations a company holds for its suppliers.

Defining Ethical Standards

At its core, a Supplier Code of Conduct sets forth the ethical standards and practices that a company expects from its suppliers. This includes stipulations on labor practices, environmental responsibility, anti-corruption policies, and adherence to human rights standards. By clearly outlining these expectations, companies can ensure that their supply chain reflects their values and ethical commitments.

Risk Management

Incorporating a Supplier Code of Conduct into the RFQ process is a vital part of risk management. It helps to mitigate risks associated with regulatory non-compliance, unethical supplier behavior, and public relations issues that may arise from unsavory business practices. This document serves as a first line of defense, setting the tone for the kind of business conduct a company finds acceptable and what it does not.

Building Trust and Transparency

A Supplier Code of Conduct fosters trust and transparency in business relationships. It demonstrates a company's commitment to ethical practices and sets a clear expectation for suppliers. This transparency is crucial for building long-term, trust-based relationships with suppliers, which are essential for a sustainable and reliable supply chain.

Encouraging Supplier Development

Beyond mere compliance, a Supplier Code of Conduct can also be a tool for supplier development. It can challenge suppliers to improve their operations and align with best practices in areas like sustainability and labor rights. This not only improves the supplier's standards but also enhances the overall quality and resilience of the supply chain.

Reflecting Corporate Social Responsibility

In today’s socially conscious business environment, a Supplier Code of Conduct is a reflection of a company's commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR). By enforcing these codes, companies can make a positive impact on global business practices, contributing to broader social and environmental goals.

Legal Compliance

Lastly, the Supplier Code of Conduct ensures that suppliers adhere to the relevant laws and regulations in their respective jurisdictions. This is particularly crucial for companies operating in multiple countries, each with its own legal framework and regulatory standards.

In summary, the Supplier Code of Conduct is more than just a document; it is a fundamental component of ethical procurement practices. It serves as a guideline for expected behaviors, a risk management tool, a foundation for transparent relationships, and a statement of a company's dedication to ethical and socially responsible business practices. As procurement professionals, we play a pivotal role in upholding these standards, ensuring that our business practices contribute positively to society and the environment.

Enjoy the course ///Fredrik

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About Learn How to Source

Learn How to Source is an online platform based in Sweden, offering a range of procurement courses accessible globally. It serves as a community where procurement experts share their knowledge through online courses, designed for various experience levels from introductory to expert. Courses are concise, about 30 minutes each, and cover different aspects of procurement, tailored for different buyer roles. The courses focus on practical knowledge, presented by seasoned professionals, and include quizzes and certificates. They can be accessed from any device, emphasizing microlearning for flexibility and efficiency.