Rules for supplier collaboration

To ensure fair and impartial supplier treatment, we have rules for collaboration between our purchasing personnel and suppliers.

Supplier collaboration with Alko’s Products and Purchasing department

Alko’s business practice principles guide our whole personnel to responsible operations based on the values and principles confirmed by the company management.

In addition, the decree on the operations of the alcohol company (243/2000) defines how the personnel should act when involved in decision making in the offer process and in the delisting process. Therefore we have additional instructions on the supplier collaboration, and these are applied to the personnel of the Products and Purchasing department on top of the business practice principles.

1. Lunch negotiations and dinner meetings

Negotiations should mainly be held either at Alko’s premises or at the premises of the supplier. A lunch can be combined with the meeting, when appropriate. Dinner meetings require the presence of a principal/producer. It is not allowed to attend a dinner which is held at the home of the supplier.

2. Tastings arranged by suppliers

Tastings arranged by the suppliers should take place during the office hours and their length should be moderate (2-3 hours). The purpose of the tastings is the introduction of the products to the participants during the event. Therefore beverages or other gifts may not be given to the participants as a take-away for later orientation.  

3. Other events arranged by suppliers

Personnel of the Purchasing and logistic department will attend only events which include professional elements.

4. Travelling

Business trips go always hand in hand with the responsibilities of the person in question. Supplier or local organizations can help in arranging the practicalities of a trip, but all travel expenses of our personnel are paid by Alko.  

5. Gifts and hospitality

Personnel of the Products and Purchasing department will not accept product gifts or any other gifts. This concerns also Christmas and other seasonal compliments.