The EcoVadis CSR assessment methodology is at the heart of our Ratings and Scorecards.

The EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment is an evaluation of how well a company has integrated the principles of CSR into their business and management system. It is based on seven founding principles:

  1. Evidence Based

  2. Industry sector, country and size taken into account

  3. Diversification of sources to ensure rich enough stakeholder input for reliable scoring.

  4. Technology is a must applied to ensure the process is secure, confidential, and to accelerate the cycle time.

  5. Assessment by international CSR experts

  6. Traceability & Transparency of documentation

  7. Excellence through continuous improvement


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The rating process for every assessment is comprised of the following steps:

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Custom Questionnaire & supporting documents
Company answers the customized questionnaire and provides supporting documentation on the EcoVadis platform.

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Document Analysis
Analyst team conducts a document analysis, reading and extracting data from supporting documentation available.

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360 Watch
The EcoVadis 360° Watch selects stakeholder information from legitimate and transparent sources verified by EcoVadis.

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A score from 0 to 100 is allocated to each theme and feedback on strengths and improvement areas are highlighted.

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Validation & publication
Senior analysts verify that methodology guidelines have been followed. Then the Scorecard is published on the EcoVadis platform.


Robust Methodology

Management Indicators

The EcoVadis rating process is based on the principle that, an effective CSR management system is composed of the following elements:


These three elements are comprised of seven management indicators:

CSR Scorecard
CSR Scorecard
CSR Scorecard

CSR Criteria

The assessment considers a range of CSR issues, which are grouped into 4 themes: Environment (ENV), Labor Practices & Human Rights (LAB), Fair Business Practices (FBP), and Sustainable Procurement (SUP).


The CSR issues are based upon international CSR standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s standards, the ISO 26000 standard, the CERES Roadmap, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, also known as the Ruggie Framework.

The issues covered in each assessment are based on the relevance of the 21 CSR issues to the company context, such as industry, size, and geography. These are defined upfront during supplier registration on the EcoVadis platform and will shape the questionnaire received.

Context-Specific Rating

EcoVadis’ scorecards help companies to monitor suppliers’ CSR practices across 198 purchasing categories and 150 countries. The assessment framework is customized for each company according to their activities, size, and geographic location of their operations. Example categories include:


Integrating existing labels and standards

EcoVadis continuously follows the ever-growing and evolving landscape of CSR-related initiatives and standards. Hundreds of such external CSR initiatives as well as management system certifications can be taken into account in the EcoVadis assessment when they demonstrate a company’s commitments that support their CSR strategy or provide an additional reassurance of a company’s CSR performance.
Some examples of labels include:

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Environment theme:

-ISO 14001, EMAS, ISO 22000, Responsible Care 14001, LUCIE, Energy Star, European Ecolabel, AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning

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Social / Labor theme:

EICC, OHSAS 18001 // SCC // Mase certification, CEFRI, SA 8000, AFAQ 26000, Milieukeur (ecolabel)

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Ethics / Fair business practices theme:

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), ISO 27000

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Supply Chain theme:

AISE Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, CDP, EICC, ISO 28000, AFAQ 26000, FSC (Chain of Custody), MSC (Chain of Custody)


By adapting the rating methodology based on activity, size, and geography of the assessed company, this produces standardized scores that allow for benchmarks: CSR performance of evaluated companies can therefore be easily compared across different countries, company sizes and purchasing categories.

Beyond compliance

Companies implement voluntary CSR management systems primarily for two reasons:

  • To remain compliant with legal requirements and minimize impact on company’s stakeholders. For instance, companies will implement an anti-corruption management system to prevent employees from getting into legal issues.

  • To improve business performance and the bottom line. For instance, companies will set objectives in order to reduce energy consumption and ultimately reduce cost. Another example would be the implementation of training programs to develop human capital, increasing efficiency and productivity.

EcoVadis Methodology seeks to serve both goals, with an emphasis on expanding the opportunity for value creation through improving CSR practices.


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