For us sustainability is paramount: it leads us towards a careful management of the environmental and social impacts of production processes. Suppliers, in fact, are a priority stakeholder for Acea and that is why we have decided to strengthen our commitment to promoting sustainability along the supply chain, adopting the Ecovadis model to assess the sustainability performance of our business partners.
For a while now, the Acea Group has been conducting its activities following the principles of sustainable development and in line with the SDGs in the UN 2030 Agenda. This approach has involved all business areas of the Group, including its relationship with suppliers, priority stakeholders who play a decisive role in our value chain.
Acea aims to encourage its suppliers to adopt practices that reduce the impact on the environment and to this end has started a collaboration with EcoVadis, the largest European certification platform to assess corporate social responsibility and sustainable procurement.
EcoVadis is a company that rates global Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) based on international standards. The Acea Group has asked it to evaluate of the companies involved in its supply chain.
Our suppliers and commercial partners can register on the EcoVadis platform and start the evaluation process. After an initial assessment, based on its activities, the supplier obtains a rating that indicates how sustainable it is within the supply chain and a snapshot of its points of strength and areas requiring improvement, for which it will receive an action plan to follow also with the support of the Acea Group.
To reward the most virtuous companies in terms of environmental and social sustainability, the Ecovadis rating system (providing a specific technical rating) will be introduced in November 2021 in Acea’s calls for tender. When presenting their candidacy, suppliers will have to provide their valid scorecard or, alternatively, demonstrate to have filled in the questionnaire.
With this new tool, Acea’s supply chain will be assessed in terms of sustainability, in line with the Group strategy.
It is not just a new evaluation method but the start of a longer journey towards a more sustainable future.
Start the evaluation process to see your current sustainability performance rating and find out how to improve it.
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