Sharing our CSR requirements with our suppliers

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We want to create sustainable value, with and for them. We wish to establish constructive and lasting relationships based on trust and shared ethics. This desire is reflected in our selection procedures. In particular, we manage and evaluate our buyers’ CSR performances on a regular basis.

We commit to further integrate responsibility into this relationship through:

Defining prerequisites and integrating them into the supplier selection process

  • For each tender, suppliers are qualified, selected and evaluated with one single methodology across the world. CSR dimension is also assessed by questionnaires and audits specific to purchasing domains. They cover the following themes: working relationship and social practices, hygiene and security policy, commercial practices, environmental policy. Furthermore, referencing CSR as a contract clause is an existing practice.

Evaluation of buyers’ CSR performance 

  • Specific CSR training sessions relevant to procurement processes and decisions are organized for the buyers. We also develop ways and tools to provide incentive for procurement staff according to CSR related targets.

Managing and assessing suppliers’ CSR performance and optimizing relationships 

  • In 2012, we took part in creating and implementing “Together for Sustainability"  Methodology launched by a group of chemical companies. This initiative consists of using a best-in-class external service provider: EcoVadis to manage the assessment of suppliers' CSR performance. EcoVadis operates a sustainability platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains. They perform sustainability assessments and standardized physical site audits on behalf of the different member companies in  order  to  simplify relation with chemical suppliers. We run over 250 assessments each year.

In action

  • During 2015, we are deploying our new Supplier Code of Conduct. It is aligned with the IndustriALL Agreement and has been inspired by the UN Global Compact and the Responsible Care practices. This Code shows our determination to strengthen partnership with our suppliers through transparency, collaboration, innovation and focus on excellence.
  • We make sure that the benefits from our partnerships go both ways. By collaborating with a transport company in Brazil, Cavalinho, for example, we have reduced waste in cleaning, improved emissions reductions, and increased transport safety: a total yearly savings estimated at 40.000$.
  • Meanwhile, in Europe we teamed up with Belgian haulier Vervaeke and truck manufacturer Volvo to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases in the road transport of caustic soda. The target of the project was to reach a 30 liters/100 km for a standard transport 30 tons. This goal was far exceeded as the average consumption rose to 27.7 liters per 100 km.