Purchasing Governance

With almost €6 billion of expenditure and 85 000 suppliers, purchasing is becoming an increasingly important strategic lever for SUEZ environnement Group.

Purchasing Department manages suppliers relations by adopting a governance stance with the following strategic goal:

  • contributing to the Group’s operational performance,
  • setting the standard for the generation of synergies in the Group,
  • acting as an ambassador for the Group’s values and Corporate Social Responsibility commitments to suppliers.



The ethics of supplier relations

Group Purchasing commits to demonstrate equity, transparency and impartiality in its relations with suppliers, in accordance with the regulations in force and the rules and principles in its charter of ethics.

For more information, refer to:


Societal and environmental responsibility

By signing the United Nations Global Compact, the Group has committed to respect its principles in the realms of human rights, working and environmental standards and the fight against corruption.

In July 2014, the Group was awarded the Diversity label and contributes to the development of sheltered work and employment of the disabled through its purchasing policy.

For more information, refer to the Sustainable development report on responsible performance.



A partner for SMEs


SUEZ environnement enters purchasing partnerships with small and medium-sized enterprises, in accordance with commitment n°9 of its 2012-2016 Sustainable Development roadmap.

SUEZ environnement has made a number of commitments to SMEs:

In 2013, about 32% of the Group’s purchases were achieved by very small, small and medium-sized enterprises, which account for 80% of its supplier panel.



Innovative partnerships

The initiative to work with SMEs is a source of value and innovation, both for the Group and its subsidiaries, and for the SMEs with which they work, through:

  • open innovation and co-development partnerships,
  • contacts with the various business lines and entities in the Group,
  • support for international development,
  • mutual cost reductions.




SMEs may encounter difficulties in making their voice heard in their relations with the Group. The mediation process must follow two consecutive steps:

  • Step 1: Inform Purchasing.
  • Step 2: Ask for the SME relations mediator to intervene in the event of conflicts or disputes.