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  • 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report

Our approach for sustainable procurement

Our contribution to the SDGs

Encompassing the entire procurement process, our Group-wide sustainable procurement strategy is put into action using internal and external performance indicators and management tools.

  • The responsibility for ensuring sustainability in procurement lies with the Board departments for Finance as well as Human Resources and Legal Affairs.
  • Our sustainability criteria are factored into the overall procurement process and given a weighting of 10 percent when choosing suppliers who have responded to tenders.
  • In the event of a significant violation of our requirements, we initiate an escalation process
  • We train our employees throughout the Group using an e-learning tool. In addition, our Global Procurement Policy provides an overview of which CR criteria must be considered at which point in the procurement process.
  • We ensure business partners and suppliers are up to the mark by offering workshops on specific topics and through our Supplier Development Program.
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Our Supplier Code of Conduct is part of the General Terms and Conditions for Purchasing and must therefore be accepted by our suppliers. Ethical, social, and ecological principles as well as fundamental human rights are codified in this Code of Conduct.

With our Supplier Code of Conduct, we have made a commitment to complying with the fundamental principles and standards set forth by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Global Compact.

The Group Policy on Avoiding Corruption, the Statement on Extractives, and the list of prohibited materials are binding on our suppliers, too. For our strategic suppliers who exhibit a higher CR risk, we have on-site audits conducted regularly by external auditors to check compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct.

Implementation in the company

  • We derive our sustainability strategy in procurement from our CR strategy; it is anchored in the purchasing processes used throughout our Group. The heads of the CR and Procurement units are jointly responsible for implementing sustainable procurement practices. They report respectively to the Chief Human Resources and Legal Affairs Officer and Chief Financial Officer. An escalation process calls for decisions to be made at Board of Management level in serious cases.
  • The Sustainable Procurement Working Group supports the international Procurement departments in implementing the sustainability requirements. Our sustainability principles for procurement are laid down in the Global Procurement Policy; the associated Procurement Practices provide specific instructions for procurement in Germany and serve as recommendations for the national companies.

* As of mid-2018, we are no longer using our supplier sustainability questionnaire in the pre-qualification process. Instead, we now demand a commitment from all our suppliers to uphold our comprehensive Supplier Code of Conduct (SCoC).