Responsible purchasing

In the issues of responsible purchasing we work in collaboration with the other Nordic Alcoholic Monopolies and require ethical practices from our suppliers. The responsible purchasing policy includes the environmental impact in the supply chain.

Alko is a member of an international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) organization called Business Social Compliance Iniative (BSCI). It is a non-profit organization, the aim of which is to improve the social responsibility of supply chains worldwide. In addition to the ethical principles, the organization offers tools, such as the self-assessment form, training in the country of production and in the member countries, manuals, third party audits as well as a database for supply chains audits.   

The process of responsible purchasing is based on UN compacts and initiatives as well as other relevant internationally recognized conventions and directives. The aim is to create, for the procurement of alcoholic beverages, operative and follow-up principles with which it is possible to influence ethical practices of the suppliers of alcoholic beverages and draw attention to the principles of sustainable development.

As a BSCI-member we require strong commitment from our suppliers and the companies that belong to or participate in our procurements supply chain. All our suppliers of alcoholic beverages must commit themselves with their signature to the ethical principles, to abiding by these principles and to actively promoting them.

BSCI Code of Conduct 2014 and its enclosures constitute a compact document which must be read and interpreted in its entity. The set consists of the following documents, which you will find below as attachments:

- BSCI Code of Conduct

- Terms of Implementation for Participants (Alko)

- Terms of Implementation for Business Partners (Seller)

- Terms of Implementation of Business Partners to be involved in the BSCI monitoring process (Producer, Manufacturer)

- BSCI Glossary

- BSCI Reference


Please find attached adjustment to Listing procedure 6 June 2017, chapter trading conditions, conditions for responsible purchasing:
Principles for the case by case evaluation when a producer’s subcontractor is not respecting the Conditions for responsible purchasing.

Environmental impacts of alcoholic beverages’ supply chain


Alko together with the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies commissioned a life cycle analysis of alcoholic beverages from 2.-0 LCA Consultants, Denmark in 2015. The purpose of the study was to document the total environmental impact of the product portfolio of the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies, expressing the environmental impacts in monetary units, in addition to the underlying physical units. The analysis was based on the volumes of alcoholic beverages distributed by the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies in 2014 and covers product categories of wine, beer and distilled beverages.

The largest contributing life cycle stages, contributing more than half of the total impacts, are:

  • Packaging manufacturing – especially glass. This is partly alleviated by efficient recycling in the Nordic countries
  • Agriculture fuel use
  • Production – especially breweries and distilleries


The study covers worldwide supply chain of alcoholic beverages and based on it the potential differences between producers are likely to be more important than differences between countries.

Alko uses these results to improve its environmental strategy of responsible purchasing. The summary of the study and the original full study report can be found from the right on this page.

BSCI Code of Conduct
BSCI Reference
BSCI Glossary
BSCI terms of implementation for participants
BSCI terms of implementation for business partners to be involved in the bsci monitoring process
BSCI terms of implementation for business partners

Principles for the case by case evaluation when a producer’s subcontractor is not respecting the Conditions for responsible purchasing.

Environmental impacts of alcoholic beverages as distributed by the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies 2014 study report.
Summary of the study of the environmental impacts of alcoholic beverages as distributed by the Nordic Alcohol Monopolies 2014.