Thanks ! Any insight to ethics? We are getting request for "ethics with consideration of bribery and economically motivated schemes"
It sounds like you're getting a veritable mix of confused requests - not unusual, as it's possibly the case that your customers have customers (or PR people ) who feel that they should be doing something about these things as there is increased consumer interest, without necessarily understanding what they're really asking for. This position definitely doesn't make it any easier for you to answer them!
IMO this is very much one of those areas that gets dropped onto QA/technical people even though it has at best a very limited amount to do with our actual job roles...
I'd suggest breaking this down into perhaps three chunks:
Supply chain ethics - have a look at e.g. the ETI Base Code (https://www.ethicalt...g/eti-base-code). This is an internationally recognised "minimum" level for basic ethics in the supply chain, so a simple initial policy could be checking and stating that you comply with this, and doing the same for your supply chain. If you want to go a bit further with this then you could have a look at Sedex: https://www.sedex.com/- I don't know how popular this is in the US, but it's fairly prominent over here, and indeed membership is a prerequisite for supplying quite a few food businesses these days. Similar(ish) but slightly different alternative would be e.g. BSCi: https://www.amfori.o...ent/amfori-bsci
Personnel/business ethics (bribery, conflict of interest etc) - This one is very much about how individual people act, and I'd firmly pass this one over to your colleagues in HR (If not already in place, they may want to look at e.g. some basic training, a Code of Conduct that all staff sign up to etc).
Sustainability - This one can be as big a task as you would like!
Basic starting point, as suggested above, would be a quick summary of things you're already doing - recycling, managing energy/water/resource use, minimising waste etc., as an "informal" policy. Next step up will be trying to measure some of this, setting and reporting on improvement targets, formalising more. Beyond that you can go as far as you want - ISO14001/ISO50001 for your own site, getting your supply chain involved, measuring and improving carbon footprint / water footprint, factory modifications to minimise energy/water use and waste generation, packaging revision to utilise fewer resources per unit product, installation of waste-from-energy systems etc etc.