Comptel Achieves Dramatic 50% Improvement In CSR Practices With Focused Teamwork

Comptel Achieves Dramatic 50% Improvement In CSR Practices With Focused Teamwork

Since 1986, Comptel Corporation has grown to become a global leader of digital and communication services in two main areas - Intelligent Data and Service Orchestration. Operating with an international team of more than 750 professionals serving nearly 300 service providers across 90 countries, Comptel has achieved net sales of EUR 97.7 million in 2015.

Over four evaluations with EcoVadis, Comptel has dramatically increased their rating 20 points from a 39 to a silver-recognition level of 59.  The scorecard has helped Comptel identify high-risk areas for their business sector (IT services).  This has allowed for a structured understanding of the risk areas so that changes could be very focused and exact.

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Playing with Fire – The 4 Hidden Risks Lurking in your Supply Chain

Playing with Fire – The 4 Hidden Risks Lurking in your Supply Chain

The first in a three-part series on Supply Chain Risk: "The irresistible allure to seek lower costs continues to push procurement teams to globalize supply chains ever further. Meanwhile stakeholder scrutiny is increasing, laws and regulations are proliferating globally, and natural and man-made disasters continue to occur. This potent mix exposes companies to a diverse set of supply chain risks.Where are the supplier chain risks and how are the manifesting themselves? How are companies responding? What are the challenges and pitfalls...

Risk Never Sleeps In a Global Supply Chain…

First paper available for download in our Supply Chain Risk Management and Supplier CSR Monitoring White Paper Series

“Modern supply chains are fraught with risk that can result in volatility and increased operational costs, large and sometimes devastating losses, and long term damage to the corporate reputation.  Of the four major categories of risk, the costs of non-compliance risk is probably the easiest to quantify, and these costs alone should scare you….”

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Beyond Compliance – The 5 Pillars of sustainable procurement value creation

Beyond Compliance – The 5 Pillars of sustainable procurement value creation

Procurement organizations in most industries have been investing "supplier compliance" in CSR/ ESG/ sustainability, regulatory and other risk related issues.  However, once they get several years into a responsible procurement program, many find they are passing the point of diminishing returns with a "compliance"based approach.

Risk management devolves into an ever-expanding tactical exercise of re-evaluating the same risks.  It can be like a revolving door.

This paper examines the best practices of procurement organizations who have turned the corner toward value creation by rethinking their sustainable procurement programs entirely.  Five key elements emerge that have enabled these leaders to shift the focus of their programs to a performance mindset that engages suppliers in long term value.  Starting with the first “strategy alignment” phase and continuing through to phase five, “innovating together”, these companies are reaping the rewards not only in risk reduction, brand enhancement and new revenue growth, but also in improving their total impact on the planet and the communities they touch.

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Carlson Wagonlit Leverages EcoVadis Scorecard For Leadership in Responsible Business

Carlson Wagonlit Leverages EcoVadis Scorecard For Leadership in Responsible Business

This case study examines how CWT instills responsible business behavior at the core of their activities, and takes a leadership role in making sustainability a key part of their internal processes, customer relationships, and brand differentiation.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) is a global leader specializing in business travel management serving companies, government institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories….

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Anti Corruption Due Diligence In The Supply Chain

Anti Corruption Due Diligence In The Supply Chain

An overview of the due diligence framework for managing risks related to 3rd party corruption and bribery

Due diligence and managing risks in the Supply chain related to anti-bribery and anti-corruption is getting ever more complex and important. Under the FCPA and UKBA, companies can be made liable for bribery and corruption committed by internal personnel, as well as by 3rd parties for which business relationships exist. A majority of FCPA cases have involved 3rd parties, including suppliers, agents and consultants, reflecting the legal risks that result from business relationships. With the addition of the UKBA, and the possibility of additional national anti-corruption legislations in the coming years, companies should have 3rd party control mechanisms in place to prevent costly lawsuits and criminal prosecutions.

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EcoVadis Case Study: Heineken

EcoVadis Case Study: Heineken

A 4-layer process combining multiple measurements and actions to ensure ongoing compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct

With 160 breweries in 70 countries, HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. HEINEKEN’s advanced program combines a diverse set of evaluation tools and analysis to drive results in their responsible procurement initiative.

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EcoVadis Case Study: Sanofi

EcoVadis Case Study: Sanofi

Sanofi’s Formula for Sustainable Supply Success: Risk-Prioritization, Alignment, Goal setting & Engagement

Coupled with the high visibility and healthcare regulatory scrutiny already needed to be a leader in pharmaceuticals, the Sanofi procurement function faces a big challenge to carry out these beliefs and commitments throughout their supply chain.

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The rise of mandatory human rights due diligence

The rise of mandatory human rights due diligence

New regulations extend corporate liability across groups and their supply chain

The Bill now being considered in the French Parliament imposes on the largest French companies a mandatory due diligence plan aimed at preventing human rights harms caused by their activities, those of their subsidiaries, sub-contractors and suppliers. An estimated 100 to 200 companies are likely to be impacted by the law, known as “Devoir de Vigilance” or DdV. The move could create a domino effect and similar provisions could be adopted in Switzerland and possibly, at a later stage, at the European Union level.

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Gemaco Prioritizes and Drives Rapid Improvement in Sustainability Practices

Gemaco Prioritizes and Drives Rapid Improvement in Sustainability Practices

Supplier Case Study

Gemaco’s significant improvement in their EcoVadis rating serves as an excellent case study of how suppliers can utilize the EcoVadis scorecard as a roadmap towards building a strong internal CSR management system. Gemaco was first invited to participate in the EcoVadis assessment in 2012 at the request of Proximus (previously Belgacom). Through three evaluations, Gemaco has improved their rating from 38 to 58 and now 60, an impressive Silver Medal score.

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EcoVadis CSR Scorecard (Sample)

EcoVadis CSR Scorecard (Sample)

Download a PDF sample of the EcoVadis CSR Scorecard

The EcoVadis CSR scorecard shows you the CSR performance of your company / supplier on 21 CSR indicators grouped in 4 themes (Environment, Labor/Social, Fair business/Ethics, and Supply Chain) rated from 1 to 100.

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EcoVadis Targeted Guidance for Supply Chain, section 1.5

EcoVadis Targeted Guidance for Supply Chain, section 1.5

How SuperSector leaders Complete DJSI Section 1.5 Supply Chain - 2015 Updated Guidance for EcoVadis Customers

Each year the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) makes changes and updates to their survey and methodology of their rating system, including the supply chain section.

DJSI continues to be one of the most established and respected rating mechanisms for investments, and many EcoVadis clients participate in it quite effectively: five of the DJSI 2014 annual Industry Group Leaders are EcoVadis clients: Alcatel-Lucent, Akzo Nobel, Air France, ING bank and Telenet Holdings (subsidiary of LibertyGlobal).

Supply Chain continues to be a key section of the DJSI rating. To this end, EcoVadis has updated our guidance on how to leverage your EcoVadis platform data for the current DJSI qustionnaire.

This targeted guidance helps you to respond to the Supply Chain Management portion (section 1.5) of the DJSI assessment.

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Bayer Sustainable Procurement Case Study

Bayer Sustainable Procurement Case Study

Bayer leverages EcoVadis to drive sustainable supply chain performance

Bayer, with core competencies in areas of health care, agriculture, and high-tech polymer materials, has a significant influence on society and the environment in many regions around the world through its global procurement volume. By combining strong executive leadership, thorough internal communications and training, and use of EcoVadis to help centralize assessment processes, Bayer has driven a successful supplier sustainability program across an extremely geographically distributed supply base…

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EcoVadis Case Study: Alcatel Lucent

EcoVadis Case Study: Alcatel Lucent

"Driving a sustainable supply chain, at a global scale"

With a supply chain spanning the globe, Alcatel Lucent is setting best practice examples in collaborating with its suppliers to measure and improve sustainability performance in alignment with its corporate goals. With an approach organized in three pillars (Require-Assess-Improve), integrating EcoVadis scores into their procurement and business processes, Alcatel Lucent has been nominated DJSI Technology Industry Group leader in 2014.

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Building a Business Case for Sustainable Procurement

Building a Business Case for Sustainable Procurement

A 5-Step Guide

Pressures and demands around sustainability and transparency are growing, and the supply chain is perhaps the largest risk, and also the biggest — albeit unwieldy — lever of opportunity for becoming a more sustainable business. The question is, how do you get it going? Launching or accelerating a sustainable supply chain/responsible purchasing initiative with a large company’s procurement team is a challenge for even the most visionary and passionate. Fortunately, there are already many companies forging a path towards this transformation, as well as a growing number of surveys, studies and supporting research. This five-step guide summarizes the key tips including quantifying the business case, competitive elements, internal signals, stakeholder demands and internal momentum building. This guide is intended to inspire and provoke your thinking, so you can make the most convincing case possible for your boss, your team and your company to launch on the sustainable procurement journey. Ready? Let’s go!

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EcoVadis Rating Methodology

EcoVadis Rating Methodology

Empowering sustainable procurement

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China’s Environmental Protection Law 2014 Amendment

China’s Environmental Protection Law 2014 Amendment

One year on, a review of impacts and challenges

The environmental degradation caused by China’s unprecedented economic development during the last 30 years is has taken a huge toll on the environment. On numerous days over the last several years, smog levels have exceeded levels that the World Health Organization deems safe, which is the result of China’s reliance on burning coal for 70 percent of its energy needs (Xu 2014, 3). Estimates suggest that 40 percent of rivers are also heavily polluted (Yang 2012, 1). China’s environmental degradation has, according to numerous figures, cost the country an estimated 9 percent of its GDP (Xu 2014, 1).

To address the environmental degradation, the Chinese parliament, in 2014, amended its 1989 Environmental Protection Law (EPL) to strengthen government and enterprise transparency by imposing harsher financial and criminal penalties on polluting companies.

This paper by the EcoVadis analyst team examines the new enforcement mechanisms of this bold new law amendment, as well as implementation challenges.

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Implications of the Modern Slavery Act for Companies Operating in the U.K.

Implications of the Modern Slavery Act for Companies Operating in the U.K.

The next big step to abolishing slavery, a 21st century obscenity

The U.K. Modern Slavery Act became law on March 26th, 2015. This new law has the potential to set a new European precedent in the eradication of slavery, and could have far-reaching implications for how businesses operating in the U.K. must evaluate and manage what is happening in their supply chains.

The EcoVadis analyst team has prepared a white paper that summarizes this law and its implications, and how companies can prepare for it.

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Tigers and Flies: China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Tigers and Flies: China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

Impressive Results, But With Some Skepticism

After taking office in November 2012, Xi Jinping signaled that anti-corruption would be one of the themes of his tenure. Since then, his anti-graft campaign has grown into one of the largest campaigns against corruption in China’s modern history. This paper highlights some remarkable events, and provides a broad view of this country-wide anti-graft campaign and its characteristics.

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Sustainability in Real Life:

Sustainability in Real Life:

Business case for supply chain sustainability

In two reports, Sustainability in Real Life includes:

  • Case studies from seven companies with details about success stories that fellow practitioners can replicate and learn from and
  • Implementation guide that provide a review of challenges and field-tested solutions designed to help companies overcome barriers and improve their triple bottom line.

The guide is a collaboration amongst the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and EcoVadis.

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    Case studies from seven companies with details about success stories that fellow practitioners can replicate and learn from and
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    Implementation guide that provide a review of challenges and field-tested solutions designed to help companies overcome barriers and improve their triple bottom line.

The guide is a collaboration amongst the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®), the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and EcoVadis.

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2013 Sustainable Procurement Barometer:

2013 Sustainable Procurement Barometer:

Time to measure value creation!

“Quantifying the benefits linked to Sustainable Procurement is often challenging but practices of leaders demonstrate that this is a key lever to widespread adoption.”

For the 6th Edition of the Sustainable Procurement Barometer EcoVadis and HEC join forces with A.T. Kearney to examine the state-of-the-art of Sustainable Procurement and identify leaders’ best practices on measuring and quantifying benefits.

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Leading the Way: 

Leading the Way: 

2012.07 – UN Global Compact Participants and CSR Performance

EcoVadis releases an exclusive study, which assesses the CSR performance of more than 500 Global Compact participants.

The research is a first step towards an assessment of Global Compact participants’ performance on CSR issues. It aims is to stimulate further research, dialogue and innovation towards an effective implementation of the UNGC principles and goals. It is based on a sample of more than 3,500 companies and benchmarks the performance of more than 500 Global Compact participants from 2008 to 2011.

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European Sustainable Procurement Barometer 5th edition

European Sustainable Procurement Barometer 5th edition

2011.07 – European Sustainable Procurement Barometer 5th edition

For the 5th edition, HEC and EcoVadis publish the Sustainable Procurement Barometer, which analyses practices of 90 major European companies.

“After 9 years of improvements, beyond tools and practices, a strong management drive is required to cross a new frontier.”

Sustainable Procurement: back to management !

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Value of Sustainable Procurement Practices

Value of Sustainable Procurement Practices

2010.12 - A quantitative analysis of value drivers associated with Sustainable Procurement Practices

What is the relationship between sustainability and value creation? The ability to express sustainability benefits in financial terms is one of the key drivers needed to instill sustainability into company business models.

Therefore PwC, Insead and EcoVadis have built this first quantitative model to link Sustainable Procurement practices and positive economical impact.
The quantitative model was created by the analysis of the three main drivers and their respective impact on the company’s annual procurement spend, market cap and revenue. Their impact was then compared to the implementation cost of a Sustainable Procurement programme.

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ORSE-EcoVadis Study on Sustainable Reporting

ORSE-EcoVadis Study on Sustainable Reporting

2010.11 – Sustainable Procurement reporting by Major International Groups

This study, published together with the ORSE organisation, analyses the external communication of 125 Asian, American and European companies from the Global 500. First of its kind, this study reveals the major trends regarding Sustainable Procurement reporting.

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HEC-EcoVadis 2009 Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

HEC-EcoVadis 2009 Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

2009.04 –  Sustainable Procurement: a crucial lever to end the crisis?

The 4th edition of the HEC Sustainable Procurement Benchmark is available. It analyzes the Sustainable Procurement vision and operational practices of 95 of the largest European companies.

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European Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

European Sustainable Procurement Benchmark

2007.12 – "Sustainable Procurement is growing up”

In december 2007, HEC Business School, with the support of EcoVadis and Ariba, released the 3rd edition of their Sustainable Procurement Benchmark, analysing the environmental, social, ethical purchasing policies of 80 of the largest European companies.

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Unchaining Value report

Unchaining Value report

2008.10 – UNEP new report on Sustainable Supply Management

The “Unchaining Value” report, released by Global Compact, UNEP and Sustainability in September 2008 contains a very interesting analysis of the value of Sustainable Supply Management, and case studies from leaders such as Unilever, Nokia, HP, Ikea.
EcoVadis is featured in the report, as one of the “databases providing buyers with a one-stop tool for evaluating suppliers against a set of sustainability criteria”.
The report is als available on the Global Compact website here.

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