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Don’t overwork your supplier code of conduct

Patty Houser (plhouser@landolakes.com) is Compliance Counsel at Land O’Lakes Inc. in Arden Hills, Minnesota, USA.

Hey, stay in your lane! I’m talking to you, supplier code of conduct.

In your lane, you are an important tool helping companies select sound business partners that share their values. Outside of your lane, you are a paradox, failing to promote true compliance while teetering on the slippery slope of “compliance theater.”

To keep a supplier code in its rightful lane, one must remember its purpose: what it is and, more importantly, what it is not. Let’s examine the purpose of supplier codes, how to avoid compliance theater, and best practices when writing or revising.

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