The Group requires its business partners, suppliers, and sub-contractors to implement practices that are compatible with its ethical, environmental, and social commitments.
Aside from the Charter and the Ethics Guide, this responsible procurement policy has led to the creation of tools and systems at the level of the Group and of its operating entities, including the following: the Supplier Relationship Ethics Guide, the Sustainable Procurement Policy (for the Waste sector), the Lyonnaise des Eaux Sustainable Procurement Policy (for the Water sector), and the Supplier Assessment Questionnaire. In 2013, all the principles and rules applicable for managing Purchases and Suppliers were assembled for the entire SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Group, and they now form the new SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Procurement Policy. The policy is based on five points: the scope of purchases, the roles and responsibilities of each party, the mandatory principles for competitive purchasing, the management of suppliers, and the Group’s internal purchases.
The Purchasing Department oversees the coordination of relationships and negotiations with the Group’s strategic suppliers. It specifically ensures that they comply with sustainable development principles. A social and environmental risk management approach is implemented with the Group’s 100 main suppliers. Furthermore, the contracts signed by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s subsidiaries’ suppliers now include environmental, social, and societal criteria that require suppliers to comply with practices that are aligned with the Group’s Code of Ethics.
Through its procurement policy, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT also contributes to the development of an adapted and protected work environment. The Group’s Disability Initiative aims to increase the percentage of purchases from the protected sector and to encourage the Group’s subsidiaries to do the same. It goes through strengthening the partnerships with the Organization for Victims of Paralysis and the National Union of Sheltered Sector Companies in France, as well as contractualizing of local services.