Acea receives the social procurement award «compraverde 2018» for best practice: awarded a framework agreement to supply work clothes with a lower environmental impact.

To establish a useful, long-lasting collaboration, all our suppliers must sign the Acea Code of Ethic which also includes and encourages the protection and safeguard of suppliers.

Safety in the workplace is of major importance in our relationship with our suppliers and this is why we hold events to ensure workers are protected along the supply chain according to the legislative provisions of the Code of Tenders, the 2018 updated version of our Code of Ethics, and to the objectives of our Sustainability Plan.

The main initiatives we promote focus on how to correctly manage the risks connected to the operational activities carried out by our suppliers and on how to carry out regular audits and inspections to ensure compliance with the safety procedures. Over 11,200 safety inspections at the work sites (+27% compared to 2017) conducted by the Acea Safety Team.

The Acea Code of Ethics: sustainability in the supply chain

In 2018 the Board of Administration approved the new Code of Ethics which establishes, among other things, the principles on which the relationship between the Group and its suppliers is based:  

Acea undertakes to seek suitable professional suppliers and external collaborators committed to sharing the principles and contents of the Code which sets out all the values which the conduct of the contractor company and all the external companies and collaborators must follow according to the principal of mutual benefit and cooperation, which is the basis of such relationships (…).

As part of its procurement activity, Acea undertakes to promote compliance with the conditions for  workers’ protection and safety, attention to the quality of the goods, services and performance, respect for the environment and the pursuit of energy saving.

Contracts with suppliers from countries at risk, identified as such by the recognised organisations, will include contractual clauses which envisage the supplier accepting specific social obligations (e.g. measures which guarantee the fundamental workers’ rights are respected, equal treatment and no discrimination, and the protection of child labour) and the possibility to inspect the supplier company’s production units or operational plants to check those requisites have been complied with.

Acea Code of Ethics, Article 15, Introduction and Paragraph 2

Supplier selection and assessment

To ensure the quality of the work and promote sustainable worksite management, we only work with qualified suppliers. To this regard, we have established qualification systems for suppliers of work, goods and services, which can be accessed via our Vendor Management platform.

At the time of qualification, our suppliers have to complete a self-assessment questionnaire, according to whether they provide goods or services, which focuses on Quality, the Environment, Safety, Energy and other aspects of Sustainability.
After qualifying, the supplier may be subjected to a second party assessment on the management systems of Quality, the Environment, Safety, Energy and Social Responsibility (QASER) to check the correct application and management procedures of the areas of importance for sustainability.  
The activities for on-site checks regard above all tenders for water and electricity network maintenance and, as regards the safety aspects they are carried out by the Safety Team, operating at Acea Elabori (see box).  

Safety in the Acea world

Acea Elabori is the company, which set up the  Safety Team, appointed to check compliance with the regulations in force and with the highest standards on safety at work on construction sites.
The Team works in close contacrt with the contracting companies throiughout the work phases and organises meetings to discuss safety on the work site. It supports and assists the Works Manager by coordinating safety during the design and work stage at specific work sites and carries out inspections.
In 2018, the Safety Team Sicurezza provided 226 companies with technical-professional support and coordinated safety for 315 work orders. It completed a total of 11,270 inspections on site and detected 893 non-conformities of which only 96 were “serious”.