Responsible and ethical sourcing

HKScan's well-managed and transparent supply chains ensure maintaining the principles of sustainability.

A well-managed supply chain ensures streamlined, smoothly running cooperation between operators, from the procurement of raw materials and services all the way to the consumer’s shopping basket.

In our production we mainly use locally sourced meat from its long-term contract producers or our own farms. All products sold under the HK®, Kariniemen® and Scan® brands are made from domestic meat, with the animals having been slaughtered at HKScan’s slaughterhouses. 

We use meat purchased from outside our home markets in product categories for which domestic meat is not sufficiently available. Imported meat represents around one per cent of the Group’s total meat volume used. The origin and quality of imported meat are also monitored closely, and all of the related slaughterhouses are audited to ensure compliance with the quality requirements.

HKScan purchases also a majority of other raw materials, products and services from its local home markets. Suppliers are assessed with regard to criteria related to product safety, quality, the environment, operating methods and each procurement process. 

Read more about responsible and ethical sourcing at HKScan in our annual report

Soy and palm oil 

The production of soy and palm oil may have significant environmental and social effects locally, due to which consumption of it is monitored. Read more about our soy and palm oil consumption and practises and download the corporate responsbility fact sheet below. 

HKScan Fact Sheet Soy.pdf

 

Supplier assessment

Suppliers are assessed with regard to criteria related to product safety, quality, the environment, operating methods and each procurement process. 

Ethical guidelines

Sourcing is guided by the company's internal purchase policy, and suppliers are required to sign and comply with HKScan's Supplier Guidelines.

Quality assurance

To assure quality the suppliers are required to have the relevant certificates which are checked annually.