Customer Stories

"Coca Cola has developed a strong sustainability plan: Deliver for Today, Inspire for tomorrow. Our CSR commitments and targets remain at the core of what we do. We have made each of them more challenging, and delivering against them is what we are focused on, day in, day out. We are considering our entire value chain, hence it is essential to get the engagement of our suppliers to be successful in achieving our commitments. Over the past year, Coca Cola procurement department has developed a strategy to embed CSR into all our relationships with our suppliers. The EcoVadis solution help us to strengthen our approach by getting more visibility, via an objective collaborative platform, on how our suppliers are performing. User-friendly and actionable scorecards enable our procurement team to work on concrete CSR improvement plan with Coca Cola suppliers."

Nokia used industry-common tools for requests related to our supply chain. In these tools, the questions are aligned with the aim of delivering more consistent and robust impact throughout our supply chains. One example of this is the joint industry initiative E-TASC (Electronics – Tools for Accountable Supply Chains), a common approach for assessing and managing companies’ supply chain risk. It aims to drive performance improvement related to labor practices, health and safety, ethics and environmental activity consistently throughout the supply chain.

(Nokia is a member and user of the GeSI E-TASC platform, which is powered by EcoVadis)

"As Coty is a global beauty player, Coty are using our power of influence to improve the overall sustainability performance along the Coty supply chain in collaboration with Coty business partners. We strive to reduce our environmental footprint towards neutrality."Coty commitments

"With a combined annual overall spend on suppliers of EUR 4.8 billion at ING and NN Group, we have a real opportunity to drive our sustainability agenda through the supply chain. By encouraging our suppliers to share our standards and work towards continual improvement, we believe we can make a demonstrable impact on the environment and society while mitigating risks."ING Annual sustainability report

Sustainable Development is part of Credit Agricole purchasing policy, and Credit Agricole ensures that its suppliers are also involved in this process. That is why we have set up a monitoring process of Credit Agricole suppliers' CSR performance, based on assessment of their CSR management system. The result of this assessment is a score counting for 10% of the overall rating for RFPs.

EcoVadis performs the assessment and measures the commitment of our suppliers to this initiative. By entrusting this process to EcoVadis we guarantee Credit Agricole suppliers a professional assessment provided by an independent third party and a recognized specialist in this field.Their support allowed us to enhance the process and extend it to a wider scale.

"An integral part of the DHL contracts with our suppliers is the Supplier Code of Conduct. It establishes the Group’s ethical and environmental standards and explicitly embraces, for example, the prohibition of child and forced labor and the preservation of basic human rights. Furthermore, our suppliers undertake to comply with the applicable regulations related to the environment, labor and occupational health as laid out in the internationally accepted anti-bribery standards of the UN Global Compact and in local anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws. DHL Suppliers also pledge to eschew every form of discrimination based on race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender"

Centrica social and environmental impacts(CSR) extend beyond our direct operations to the goods and services that we buy from our suppliers. These impacts can present risks to our reputation and continuity of supply which we must manage accordingly. The project to develop a non-financial risk tool delivered an initial project. In 2011, Centrica will be looking to develop it into an online based system. Through this system we aim to track supplier risk on an ongoing basis and introduce a regular audit programme.CR report 2010

In 2012, Liberty Global reviewed and benchmarked management systems that assess sustainability performance of suppliers. As a result, we have now partnered with EcoVadis, a management consultancy that offers a range of evaluation tools including scorecards to benchmark suppliers against 21 environmental, social and ethical performance indicators.

2013 CR Report

"As a Global Compact signatory, Schneider Electric has been involved in an ambitious approach to include sustainable development challenges in the supplier selection and working processes. Since 2004, we have been supporting its suppliers so that they can publically commit and directly adhere to the Global Compact. For the 2012-2014 period, Schneider Electric wants to place itself in a follow-up process with its suppliers by encouraging them to make progress according to the guidelines of ISO 26000. The group began an approach that is based on an evaluation carried out by a third party. This is to promote the commitment of the supplier to a process of continuous improvement based on ISO 26000, through improvement plans supported by the supplier."Schneider Electric Social Commitments

"For Societe Generale Sourcing staff, the relevance of the assessment, benchmarks and analyses is much appreciated. For internal partners, having access to CSR assessment sheets allows them to enhance their relationship with their suppliers. And for suppliers, they see the corrective plans in a positive light and also obtain an assessment that can be used again with other clients, thus limiting the investment required to fill in the various questionnaires. I am convinced that this element of sustainable management of supplier relations is a source of lasting value creation and mutual progress." Thomas Gravis - Deputy Purchasing Director

With a high number of suppliers in more than 90 countries, Sustainable Procurement is a great lever for improvement of services we bring to our customers. Accor has adopted a continuous improvement plan including a new “Sustainable Development Charter”, Sustainable Development criteria in our call for tenders, Sustainable Development oriented selection criterions. We are willing to go even further and will offer its support to our suppliers and subcontractors in their Sustainable Development improvement process.The EcoVadis platform appears as an excellent solution to strengthen our approach.Isabelle Lauzon - Chief of Purchasing office at Accor Group

As a leader in cosmetics packaging, Sustainable Development is strategic for us as for Albea clients. EcoVadis CSR supplier assessment solution allows us to integrate environmental and social criterias into our purchasing processes.Laurent-David CHARBIT - Albéa Beauty Sector - Purchasing & Supply Chain Director

"BDR Thermea have implemented a simple process, based on international CSR standards. Ecovadis provides an initial CSR assessment and monitors continuous improvements of all our suppliers. Procurement has a major influencing role to play in the implementation of our sustainable development policy and our procurement will ensure that environmental and sustainable factors are embraced within the framework of value for money and BDR Thermea will utilise its position in our internal supply chain to influence all areas of specification, procurement, service, delivery and product use and recycling to ensure that we meet our obligations as effectively as we can."BDR Thermea's Procurement webpage

Bouygues Construction wishes to go further in helping our suppliers and our subcontractors to make them improve their Sustainable Development performances. The EcoVadis mutualized platform appeared as the best solution to do that.Jeanne Glorian - Group Responsible Purchasing Coordinator

"The standards that Evonik sets for suppliers throughout the Group are set out in the corporate  procurement policy. We expect our suppliers and business partners to accept our principles for  responsible and fair treatment of employees, customers, suppliers and the general public, and to  meet their responsibility accordingly. In addition, we have incorporated the CR Strategy into its general purchasing conditions. In this way, supply chain management is aligned even more closely  with the themes of health and safety, environmental protection and anti-corruption measures, as well as social aspects such as working conditions. This approach is intended to enable more sustainable procurement and contribute to risk management at Evonik."2011 CR Report

"As an international specialty chemicals group, LANXESS bear a major responsibility toward people and the environment. Our entrepreneurial activities reflect this sense of responsibility. Safety, environmental protection, social responsibility, quality and commercial efficiency are all our key corporate goals . That's why we pursue responsible business practices to combine the demands of economy, ecology and society in a coherent overall concept – Sustainability. Our mission is to ensure we comply with legal requirements and in many cases go beyond them. We work to continuously improve conditions for people and the environment on a sustainable basis. LANXESS therefore gives preference to suppliers and service providers (“suppliers”) that share our fundamental social and environmental values. These values are based on the guiding principle of Sustainable Development and Responsible Care® and are published as part of our “Corporate Policy” and the “Code for Legal Compliance and Corporate Responsibility at LANXESS”"

Requirements for Lanxess Suppliers

Pace is fully committed to promoting Responsible Business and CSR practices throughout its supply chain. One of our  priorities is to integrate CSR assessment into its Supplier evaluation, approval and on-going monitoring activities. To help achieve this, we partnered with EcoVadis to conduct an independent analysis of the CSR performance of Preferred and Approved Suppliers. The EcoVadis rating system also enables us to focus its internal resources on the development of prioritized improvement plans focused on risk and performance improvement.

Pace Responsible Business

Without EcoVadis, we would still be in the stone age. In order to be efficient in CSR rating, TF1 found it decisive for us to rely on a third party platform.Michel Gras, Head of procurement

Sustainability in our business processes is a key strategic goal at Wacker Chemie AG, and has been defined as a behavioral principle in our company policy. We support Global Compact (United Nations) and Responsible Care® principles, and expect our suppliers to observe them too. This also constitutes part of our general terms of procurement. As a member of the “Together for Sustainability” initiative, we conduct regular assessments and audits of our suppliers. The rating by EcoVadis and the sustainability audit report provide us with a very efficient tool for taking stock of our suppliers’ performance, and help us to identify areas where sustainability practice could be improved.

In January 2011, Johnson & Johnson launched Healthy Future 2015, which defines our priorities and goals for the next five years. One of the 7 goals is linked to Sustainable Procurement : we aim at partnering with suppliers who embrace sustainability by joining with suppliers who demonstrate a similar commitment to ours through their practices, goal-setting and the positive impacts they seek to achieve.

Michelin's social responsibility reaches as far as purchasing. This means selecting goods or services which respect the highest social, ethical and environmental standards. In order to check that our Group's core principles are being respected, our suppliers are evaluated in terms of Social and Environmental Responsibility criteria in accordance with ISO 26000. These evaluations which are carried out by Ecovadis may be supplemented by document or on-site audits which result in improvement plans.

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By 2020, 100% of our strategic suppliers will be participating in the Loreal supplier sustainability programme. It is our responsibility to engage our suppliers with our commitments and we want to improve by also helping our partners to improve. We will help them meet their sustainability challenges by sharing our training tools with them. All the strategic suppliers will be evaluated and selected on social and environmental performance. We will help them to complete a self-assessment of their sustainability policy. In addition, 20% of our strategic suppliers will take part in the Loreal solidarity sourcing programme.

  

"With EcoVadis, Alcatel-Lucent benefits from a third party review whose expertise is recognized and whose methodology is based on international standards so the assessment results are objective and based on recognized global standards. Alcatel-Lucent can focus our action on supplier CSR improvement by using the improvement areas identified in the EcoVadis scorecard. Thus it enables us to have a unified and continuous process."Pierre-Louis Frouein - Responsible Purchasing Manager

Telefónica reinforced the prior evaluation that it carries out of its at-risk providers, thanks to the agreement reached with EcoVadis. The solution offered by this company is based on international standards of corporate responsibility in addition to having the contribution of experts in sustainability who analyse the information supplied by providers or published by organisations of reference which allows a 360º analysis of the performance of our suppliers.Telefonica used the EcoVadis platform to evaluate suppliers of high risk and inclusion of EcoVadis scores in RFQs to high risk providers.

 

"When it comes to complying with social and ecological standards, Merck has very high expectations of its suppliers. In addition, Merck are constantly working to further develop our sustainable procurement strategy in alignment with corporate responsibility criteria. The TfS network offers a convincing concept for this,”Friedhelm Felten, Chief Procurement Officer of the Merck Group.Together for Sustainability (TfS) supplier assessment is powered by EcoVadis. Learn more on the TfS website

"For BASF, sustainable development means the combination of long-term oriented economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. We create chemistry for a sustainable future. This is our company’s purpose and we are firmly integrating sustainability into our day-to-day activities. As a part of our supply chain, suppliers play a critical role in this process. This also means for us in the Procurement team to clearly describe and communicate our expectations towards our suppliers. We focus on more than price, quality and time. we complement this magic triangle with core sustainability aspects based on fundamental environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) standards."BASF Supplier Code of Conduct

Air Liquide has the ambition to become the undisputed global leader in the Industrial Gas business. Being a responsible company is one of the pillars of this strategy. Procurement brings its contribution by making sure that Air Liquide measures the sustainable development performance of our key suppliers. EcoVadis brings Air Liquide the objective measurement of supplier’s CSR performance and the ability to develop tangible action plans.

Jan Keller - CPO Air Liquide

“Sustainability is central to AkzoNobel’s corporate strategy and we are fully committed to instilling sustainability criteria into all aspects of our day-to-day business. It is a challenging process and an exciting collaborative journey with AkzoNobel suppliers as we strive to create the most sustainable supply chains possible. AkzoNobel license to operate throughout the world is founded on our commitment to do business with trading partners who endorse and perform in compliance to our ethical, social and environmental values. Integrating Ecovadis into AkzoNobel supplier sustainability framework helps us to maximize transparency in this area, while continuously monitoring and improving the quality and sustainability of our supply chains for the benefit of our customers, employees, shareholders and environment.”Randolph Glau – Director of Sustainable Supply, AkzoNobel

Deutsche Bahn Group’s Code of Conduct commits suppliers and business partners to comply with our ethical and legal standards. It forms an important basis for our cooperative business dealings. Our Code of Conduct for Business Partners is based among others on the principles of the UN Global Compact and the same principles we have set in Deutsche Bahn’s Corporate Principles Ethics and Code of Conduct for our managers and employees. It is addressed  worldwide to all companies and individuals from whom we purchase goods or services.Code of Conduct for Business Partners

I am convinced that Sustainable Development will deeply transform Purchasing professionals roles. Since 2006 AXA has initiated a structured policy, and AXA measures today how Sustainable Procurement can renew the Buyer-Supplier Dialogue. Since 2008, EcoVadis is helping us to deploy this initiative, providing us a reliable and independent assessment of AXA suppliers CSR performance.Alain Page-Lécuyer - Chief Procurement Officer

"Lafarge is very serious about Sustainability and has set up clear goals outlined in our « Sustainability Ambitions 2012 » program. Lafarge seeks supply chain partners that share our goals with respect to Sustainability, and since 2008 we have initiated a dialogue with some of our key partners on this theme.  In 2009 we selected EcoVadis to assess the CSR performance of some of our suppliers throughout 12 countries. The EcoVadis solution allowed us to access to clear and actionable scorecards on our suppliers environmental, health & safety, and social performance, while ensuring a high adoption from suppliers and internal teams."Ted Zerafa - VP Purchasing North America

Sustainable development is a core component of the AREVA group's strategy. The Group subscribes to the U.N. Global Compact and to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and has defined a Values Charter applicable to its employees and distributed to its main suppliers. AREVA has instituted a sustainable development and continuous improvement initiative within its organization. It asks all of our suppliers to participate in this initiative with regard to their own environment and in response to the social and societal expectations of their own stakeholders.Sustainable Development Declaration for Suppliers

With the help of the EcoVadis company, Bel Group also launched an effort to assess the environmental and social responsibility performance of Bel Group suppliers. An initial portfolio of 120 suppliers, constituting a representative sample in terms of purchasing, size and geographical footprint, were polled. The high response rate showed that awareness is already growing. Another positive development was that none of the suppliers received an eliminatory rating for unacceptable practices. Bel Group’s goal is to evaluate its 350 strategic suppliers by 2012.Business and Corporate Responsibility Report 2009

'Cascades has achieved a major milestone in the assessment of its suppliers’ practices in terms of social responsibility. Thanks to services provided by EcoVadis, We are now able to paint a more comprehensive picture of its supply chain. This is an essential step toward retaining its leadership position in the area of sustainable development. A responsible supply chain will create a snowball effect: once the ball is rolling, there will be no stopping it on the path toward new innovations and responsible behaviour on a large scale.''Stéphane Dubé - Vice President, Supply Chain, Cascades

Geodis has introduced a purchasing approach to bring in responsible partners. In 2011, further progress was made in systematically integrating ethical, environmental and social criteria in specifications, analysis grids and standard contracts. At the same time we have joined EcoVadis, a collaborative platform specialised in evaluating the environmental and social performance of suppliers. Following a pilot phase involving a panel of sub-contractors and suppliers, the purchasing division will use this tool to select new suppliers and assess existing ones. In 2012, the platform will be gradually made available to the divisions.Geodis sustainable development report 2011

"For Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) sustainability is one of the key strategic issues. Implementing sustainable solutions and recycling materials used to transport our passengers safe and comfortable from door to door fits Nederlandse Spoorwegen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy. In this context, one of our objectives is to monitor and improve social and environmental performance of our strategic suppliers. To monitor this process Nederlandse Spoorwegen have selected the method from EcoVadis. Recently, major players within the European Railway sector took the initiative to accept the EcoVadis method as a standard, which allows Nederlandse Spoorwegen to monitor and improve the CSR performance results of the suppliers in the same way."

We are convinced that having suppliers with high performance as regards environmental, social and ethical aspects creates greater values for us as well as for our suppliers. SEB is using EcoVadis sustainability monitoring platform for managing assessment and rating of our suppliers. The EcoVadis platform combines sustainability assessment expertise and data management tools which will allow for our suppliers to demonstrate their sustainability best practices. The target is to increase the average sustainability rating in the supplier community that delivers products and services to SEB.Supply Chain Management - Creating a Sustainable Business

"Umicore sees Sustainable development as a way to manage its activities. But also as a way to recognise our past responsability. We had a heavy ecological inheritance but during the last decade, we decided to handle this issue in a most proactive way. The most important thing is that for us, Sustainable development represents a strategic opportunity : 50% of our turnover is now realised thanks to our environmental activities."Thomas Leysen - CEO Umicore (L'Echo 20.10.2007)

"Ecovadis can be regarded as the standard and poor's for sustainability information on suppliers"

At Verizon, we continue to press ahead and actively manage the social, environmental and economic impacts of Verizon business. This value is reflected in Verizon Supplier Code of Conduct, which has been augmented to focus on CSR issues in Verizon supply chain. We believe the supplier relationships we build provide additional insight into the economic, environmental and social impact of Verizon supply chain, so that we can collectively improve our performance

HEINEKEN has been using EcoVadis ratings to manage performance of suppliers in strategic or high risk segments of our supply base since 2011. The open and collaborative platform minimises redundant work for suppliers and gives our buyers useful, actionable information on how a supplier benchmarks on CSR dimensions versus others in the same segment. Over the years we have been able to drive up CSR performance of our supply base via use of this simple and inexpensive tool. Working with EcoVadis was one of our best decisions, helping to make a reality of HEINEKEN’s aspiration to Brew a Better World.

Ecovadis is providing suppliers a unique methodology to demonstrate performance on sustainability by building on what is already existing and by ensuring that perception of the “external world” is also reflected. For buying organizations such as Nestle, Ecovadis is one of the methodologies used to avoid duplication and ensure collaboration on responsible sourcing with strategic suppliers.

Benjamin Ware - Global Supplier Assessment & Development Manager

Sustainability-based supplier management is a strategically important lever for Bayer, both for safeguarding global competitiveness and supply security and for ensuring efficient processes and lowering reputation risks. Responsible conduct throughout Bayer entire supply chain enables us to maintain stable and long-term relationships with our business partners. Cooperation with our suppliers is based on our Supplier Code of Conduct, which describes our sustainability principles and requirements in transactions with suppliers.

Sustainability Development Report 2012

"The Air France - KLM Group has a deep commitment to embedding sustainability in every aspect of our organization and supply chain. The group is committed to supporting and promoting the principles of the ‘UN Global Compact’ and to incorporating them into its strategy and day-to-day dealings with partners. Furthermore, from March 2013 onward, we have selected the Ecovadis CSR monitoring platform to monitor social and environmental performance in our suppliers' management process."Air France CSR Commitment

"In order to meet Pilkington objectives of completing assessments of Pilkington key suppliers as well as further due diligence on our suppliers of high environmental impact Pilkington has engaged in the services of EcoVadis.  EcoVadis is a well-established company in the area of CSR/ sustainability evaluation and has many major companies as clients. After looking at several potential service providers, a decision was made to select EcoVadis based on its global reach, comprehensive online assessment tool, the location and size of our supplier and also its impressive portfolio of customers. Important aspects of the evaluation are the ethical and social behavior of our suppliers as well as their environmental management system and approaches to health and safety. Using a third-party provider means Pilkington can accelerate the process of completing assessments and, for the low-scoring suppliers identified as a significant risk we will continue to use the services of our Pilkington Supplier Development Team to work with them on an improvement plan including clear timescales for implementation"

Commitment to sustainability is one of Henkel's core values. In selecting and developing our suppliers and other business partners, we assess our suppliers in a comprehensive process that covers sustainability performance and risks as well as key commercial and operating indicators, based on the principles of our Code of Conduct. The EcoVadis supplier assessments help to improve the sustainability across the entire supply chain while identifying improvement potential and fostering collaboration between all business partners.

Karl-Heinz Ott, Global Sustainability Manager Purchasing at Henkel

SFR Sustainable Procurement plan is part of a process of improvement through evaluation, dialogue, shared improvement plans and periodic meetings with SFR suppliers. CSR is an integral part of the other SFR supplier management axis: finance, sales, technology, quality, and delivery.SFR CSR report 2011

"Alstom has set a responsible purchasing policy up, respecting the commitments taken toward our clients. We decided to evaluate our supply chain regarding its environmental and social preformances, according to a 5 levels ladder. In 2008, we decided to extend the EcoVadis database which is a reliable tool to measure and improve the CSR performance of our suppliers. We have been convinced by the simplicity of implementation and by the EcoVadis ability to provide specific answers regarding our core businesses."Stéphane Le Corre ALSTOM - Group Strategy Director  - 01.2009

"The year 2011 represents a year of consolidation for SNCF. Therefore, SNCF will move up a gear on all aspects of our sustainable procurement policy. [...] In parallel, SNCF will work in partnership with EcoVadis on the evaluation of the CSR performance of our suppliers. SNCF's goal over the next three years: to assess 500 companies."Olivier Menuet, Managing Director and Responsible Sustainable Procurement

"Sanofi is committed to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in procurement activities and selects goods and services that are produced and provided in compliance with the highest environmental, social and ethical standards. We are working closely with our suppliers to promote corporate social responsibility related to the sourcing and use of materials and services. To make this approach more efficient for both Sanofi and our suppliers and to strengthen its integration into the Company’s risk-management and compliance processes, we made the choice of having a single and dedicated process based on CSR international standards. We have entrusted this mission to our external partner, ECOVADIS, in order to benefit from proven CSR expertise as it operates a web collaborative sustainability rating platform enabling us to get an evaluation of our suppliers’ CSR performances."Responsible Procurement Factsheet

The Global Sustainable Purchasing Policy is a major component of our new program Harmony which allows Atos Origin buyers to adopt a complete approach of Sustainable Development. This consists of introducing environmental, social and ethical considerations in each stage of our supply chain. Suppliers have now to subscribe to Atos Origin Responsible Purchasing Charter principles.Sophie Chambon - Sustainable Project Manager

Proximus approach is to raise social and environmental standards throughout the Proximus supply chain by working with our direct suppliers to improve their Corporate Social Responsibility and their own supply chain management, while increasing our efficiency. Embedding CSR standards into Proximus procurement practices helps us to protect our reputation and makes a real difference to the communities where our suppliers operate.

Proximus CSR Report

Bouygues telecom asked EcoVadis to elaborate specific questionnaires to evaluate our suppliers performances according to our criterias. Nowadays, I think it is indispensable to lean on expert external solution providers as EcoVadis to manage that kind of evaluations so that CSR expertise and analysis objectivity would be guaranteed.Sustainable procurement manager - Bouygues Telecom

"As an international media group, Lagardere Active has special CSR duties. Its radio, magazine, web and TV brands reach large audiences and can raise awareness to sustainable development issues within the large public. As a company aiming at improving its internal processes, we found EcoVadis to be an excellent partner to include CSR ratings in our risk management and improve our sustainable procurement practices."Olivier Dumoulin, Chief Procurement Officer

The financial, social and environmental requirements of sustainable development are fundamental elements in the strategy of the Saint Gobain Group. In addition to signing up to the UN’s Global Compact, the Group has, since 2003, formalized its values through the General Principles of Conduct and Action applicable to all employees worldwide, and in doing so, confirmed its resolve to work towards responsible business growth. This is why the Group has decided to invite its suppliers of products and services and its subcontractors to take part in this process within their own sphere of action or influence.

Saint Gobain Supplier Charter

The development of Sustainable Procurement policies corresponds to a deep commitment that is taken over at each level of the company. Renault have set up a “Supplier CSR” charter together with Nissan, and added CSR clauses to our contracts. But we wanted to go even deeper by engaging our suppliers in the continuous improvement of their sustainability performance. The EcoVadis platform appears as an excellent solution to reinforce this initiative with Renault suppliers but also with our operational buyers.Stéphane Lasfargue, Co-Innovation and Supplier Sustainable Development Manager

"In order to anticipate our suppliers’ risks and business needs for innovation while contributing to the operational performance of the Veolia group. Sustainable Development is a major progress area for our Supply Chain, with 3 pillars: buyers’ involvement, sustainable actions and supplier relations. Since 2010, CSR evaluations conducted with EcoVadis are used as a tool of our Sustainable Procurement policy that enable us to cover supplier’s risk management issues and to identify with them best practices and areas for improvement. Involving our suppliers into this approach is an essential part of our corporate responsibility."Group Procurement Department – Veolia Environnement

We have a strong underlying culture of Corporate Responsibility which we call the Spirit of Belron. By adopting Ecovadis as our internal KPI on Corporate Responsibility, each of our businesses can benchmark their own performance against other organisations. They can also identify priorities for improvement and develop their own action plans. In addition, it shows us centrally how the group is performing and where we can provide support for common opportunities across the group. It facilitates the sharing of best practices between companies.

Over the years, Carlson Wagonlit Travel has seen an increasing trend in our clients’ expectations on our responsible business activities from what we do internally to what we do within our greater sphere of influence.  The EcoVadis platform gives us another opportunity to not only dialogue with our clients on these topics but also to help meet their expectations, while providing us with tools and mechanisms to better evaluate and raise the bar for ourselves in terms of our responsible business performance through their detailed analysis and reporting.

“At Van Bavel Gifts we like to make the difference, not just on price, but certainly on quality and service as well. More and more of our clients are relying on us as a trusted source for products that come from sustainable and reliable sources. The EcoVadis evaluation helped us with practical tips of where we could further improve, so that Van Bavel can continue to make the difference in our competitive market.”

“NMT as a supplier-of-record for many multinational companies is strongly committed to corporate and social responsibilities as related to its business ethics and operations. The EcoVadis assessments are a good tool to assist NMT in achieving these goals and improve the company’s standards in both sustainability and work performance.” Viktor Krivokhizha - CEO, NMT

The EcoVadis Gold Level ranking reflects the commitment of Toyota sustainable development and its ambition to contribute to societies and the environment it operates in.This external seal of approval is a reward for Toyota people who work every day to make Toyota products and services more sustainable. It shows our customers that we are taking the issue as seriously as they are.Tom Schalenbourg, Director Sustainable Development

Arkema first discovered the Ecovadis platform as a supplier, following requests from some of its customers. To be assessed by Ecovadis, filling the questionnaire and particularly joining relevant documents needed some significant efforts. However, having implemented our Corporate Social Responsibility vision, actions and performance tracking and already reporting on them, We were able to fully answer this questionnaire and appreciate its content. CSR is a continuous progress process. A strength of Ecovadis approach is that it allows Arkema to communicate through its platform with our customers on our CSR improvement actions. It is based on this experience that we have decided to ask, our turn, Arkema suppliers to be assessed by Ecovadis. We also had, during this year, the opportunity to appreciate the outstanding reactivity of the Ecovadis Support team.

Gérard Langlais - SVP Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of Staples business. The Ecovadis platform enables us to demonstrate and validate our environmental success to our customers in a clear and transparent way.Desmond Devine - European Product CSR Manager

"As EY is a large enterprise, EY regularly completes different questionnaires for EY clients and suppliers individually. EcoVadis engages at this point and provides standards for all the main CSR areas."

"Overall it was a learning experience for Wellmac plastics to go through a world class CSR evaluation process with EcoVadis. This process as a whole helped Wellmac plastics to draw methodical action plan for Wellmac plastics future business activities."

“Adecco customers frequently audit our CSR performance. The EcoVadis CSR assessment is the best methodology Adecco have seen so far, as it is precisely adapted to the context of our activity”

E TASC as community is an initiative of GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative) and is the ICT industry standard solution for improving the environmental and social practices within the supply chain. The community is supported by an operational working group and an executive council which drive adoption of the initiative, recommend improvements to the tool and advise on best practices.E-TASC as a technology is powered by EcoVadis, a collaborative platform that enables companies to monitor the sustainability performance of their suppliers across 150 sectors and 102 countries.www.e-tasc.com

Railsponsible is an initiative focused on sustainable procurement to improve sustainability throughout the entire supply chain,

through sharing best practices and processes, driving a common understanding across the industry, and to use and share common tools, creating efficiencies.Founded by Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Deutsche Bahn, Knorr Bremse, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and SNCF, Railsponsible's vision is a global railway industry where all suppliers have in place good ethical, social, environmental and business practices. www.railsponsible.org

"As multinational leading chemicals companies, we strive for a sustainable development and support the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and Responsible Care. We take responsibility for our own operations and in the sphere of our influence for our supply chains to support adherence to existing regulations and to respond to the needs and expecta­tions of consumers and society. To use resources more efficiently and reduce the bureaucratic burden for suppliers, TfS members share supplier sustainability assessment and audit data. TfS founding members are BASF, Bayer, Evonik Industries, Henkel, LANXESS and Solvay."www.tfs-initiative.com

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