We maintain a broad network of suppliers within and outside of Switzerland to provide services in the energy, networks and services business areas. With an annual purchasing volume of more than half a billion Swiss francs, we can rely on a substantial lever to advance sustainability in upstream stages. Sustainable procurement is characterised by the fact that it not only contributes to economic success, but also creates decent working conditions in the domestic market as well as abroad and aims to minimise its negative impact on the environment.
We set out the guiding principles for sustainable, ethical and law-abiding conduct in our Supplier Code and in our General Terms and Conditions of Purchase. We require our suppliers and service providers to adhere to these guiding principles.
Partnering with EcoVadis
In 2020, we go one step further and enter a partnership with EcoVadis. As an internationally recognized standard, EcoVadis ratings provide global benchmarks. They are essential for measuring the performance of our global value chain and making it more transparent. The EcoVadis rating rests on an evidence-based assessment. This covers a range of CSR issues grouped into the four themes environment, ethics, labour & human rights, and sustainable procurement. Improving the issues provides benefits such as reducing risks of supply chain disruptions, protecting company reputation, or gaining market advantage when consumers require responsible business behaviour.Today’s supply chains are global, divers and complex but at the same time a very powerful lever for sustainability impact. Therefore, we rely on the cooperation and collaboration of all our trading partners. To show our commitment to our customers we already registered at EcoVadis last year and went through the assessment. Now we also use the rating for our own improvement. Let’s create impact together and with EcoVadis. Register your company now!
Active member of öbu
As an active member of öbu - the association for sustainable management - we are involved in the sustainable supply chain work group. In May 2019, we had the opportunity to discuss the topic of "sustainability-related risk analysis in the supply chain" with representatives from a dozen companies. The joint work and the exchange among the companies will be continued. These interactions will help us to further develop our procurement in the coming months and years.