Counterfeiting is a serious problem of growing concern to the global market and especially to the tobacco industry. It also threatens Sodim SAS and its partners. Counterfeiting is in most countries illegal and it leads to the manufacturing and distribution of products without quality controls of any kind.
This issue is of critical importance to Sodim SAS which is dedicating itself to fight counterfeiting thus to protect the integrity of the brands and trademarks of Sodim SAS, Sodims SAS customers and partners as well as the exceptionally significant economic value of the legitimate supply chain.
Amongst others, Sodim SASis using its research and development resources intensively to develop and offer technologies focused on product tracking and tracing in logistic chains and on brand protection. This goes in line with online integration of anti-counterfeit technologies within the making and packing of cigarettes.
Since many years it is already Sodim SAS policy to avoid business with manufacturers of counterfeits. It goes without saying that Sodim SAS is permanently enforcing its strategy to seek customer and supplier co-operations for its anticounterfeiting policy.
Sodim SAS will suspend or cease doing business with any supplier manufacturing counterfeits which may damage the business interests Sodim SAS. The essential elements of the policy of Sodim SAS are as follows:
- Sodim SAS,is not knowingly doing business with manufacturers involved in counterfeiting. In the event that Sodim SAS gets positive knowledge that a customer is sentenced guilty regarding their engagement in counterfeiting cigarettes and/ or cigarette brands by competent authorities in charge, Sodim SAS will suspend or cease doing business with such customer. Neither equipment, assembly groups, spare parts nor services will be made available.
- Sodim SAS will decline to accept and require its subsidiaries to decline to accept any order for equipment, assembly groups, spare parts or services from any individual or entity that has been sentenced guilty by the competent authority in charge regarding their engagement in the manufacture, distribution or sale of counterfeits of cigarette brands.
- Sodim SAS dedicates its research and development to track and trace technologies as well as brand protection technologies which will help its customers to fight counterfeiting.
- Sodim SAS informs all its customers and suppliers about its anticounterfeiting policy.
02. December 2021