Responsible Business Partner Programme

The Responsible Business Partner Programme (RPP) enables Ørsted to collaborate with suppliers and joint venture partners to improve the social, environmental and ethical performance of our supply chain. The programme is essential to our strategy of contributing to sustainable development and building a responsible supply chain.

Our Code of Conduct for Business Partners is the foundation for our continuous engagement with business partners and for dialogue in good faith on their social, environmental and ethical performance.

We have three guiding principles for engaging with suppliers

Continuous improvement

We expect our suppliers to engage in a process to verify that their systems and procedures meet the expectations set out in our Code of Conduct for Business Partners, address areas of weak performance and continuously identify opportunities for improving performance.

Supply chain responsibility

We work with our suppliers to help improve the sustainability performance throughout our supply chains. We recommend our suppliers to apply similar criteria as outlined in our Code of Conduct for Business Partners with their own suppliers and contractors.


We choose to work together with our suppliers to improve our sustainability performance by supporting them in improving theirs. If relevant, we will collaborate in identifying actions towards improving social, environmental and ethical performance and continuously support our suppliers during implementation of the agreed improvement plan.

How we work – a four step approach

RPP is integrated into Ørsted’s global procurement system. We have created a four-step process to work with our suppliers to achieve real progress and continuous improvement.



Our Code is included in all standard Ørsted contracts. When signing a contract with Ørsted, suppliers accept our expectations expressed in the document.

Risk assessment

Based on country risk, category risk and spend, we prioritise business partners for further engagement.


We evaluate whether business partners live up to our expectations in our Code by reviewing relevant management system and practices.


If there are gaps, we agree with business partners on an improvement plan and conduct due follow up on implementation.

Assessment prior to contract signing for Taiwan projects
For sourcing projects for our Taiwan projects, we conduct assessments of high-risk suppliers during pre-qualification or tender period. This approach is aligned with the HSE Supplier Management team, which evaluates HSE performance (including safety statistics) of our potential suppliers for all markets and projects during pre-qualification and tender period.

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Our Code of Conduct for business partners and due diligence approach are aligned with:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business
  • OECD Guidelines for multinational enterprises
  • Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact 
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • United Nations Convention against Corruption
  • International Labour Conventions (ILO) on Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour (29 and 105)
  • Effective abolition of child labour (ILO 138 and 182)
  • Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation (ILO 111 and 100)
  • Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise (ILO 87)
  • Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining (ILO 98)
  • SA 8000 Social Accountability International
  • OHSAS 18000 International Occupational Health and Safety Management System
  • ISO14000 SERIES Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 26000 Social Responsibility
  • ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement Guidance
  • UK Bribery Act
  • UK Modern Slavery Act
  • SEC Dodd-Frank Section 1502: Conflict minerals
  • Wind Europe Industry Principles for Supply Chain Sustainability


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