AT THE HEART OF OUR COOP PURCHASING POLICY

RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING

Our Responsible Purchasing Policy consolidates and reinforces the Sodiaal Group’s CSR strategy to offer quality and responsible products. It presents the commitments and actions taken by the Purchasing Department to reduce its social and environmental impacts in the conduct of its missions while ensuring the balance of relations between the company and its third parties, respecting their reciprocal commitments.
Our Responsible Purchasing Policy, which is a committed and responsible approach, is intended to provide a mutual vector for progress and innovation. It is aimed at all stakeholders in the procurement process: employees, suppliers, and stakeholders.
Yasser BALAWI
CPO, Sodiaal International
yasser balawi cpo directeur achats groupe sodiaal international
« Responsible purchasing is at the heart of the Sodiaal cooperative’s purchasing policy. It is a deep conviction shared by all the teams involved in bringing our principles of solidarity, transparency, and fairness into line with our commitment to competitiveness and performance. To achieve our ambitions, we have defined trajectories of progress with all stakeholders internally as well as with our suppliers and partners to co-build the most effective solutions together. This work involves intensive cooperation between all stakeholders to meet future challenges. Let’s stay together: supportive and committed! »
yasser balawi cpo directeur achats groupe sodiaal international
Yasser BALAWI
CPO, Sodiaal International
« Responsible purchasing is at the heart of the Sodiaal cooperative’s purchasing policy. It is a deep conviction shared by all the teams involved in bringing our principles of solidarity, transparency, and fairness into line with our commitment to competitiveness and performance. To achieve our ambitions, we have defined trajectories of progress with all stakeholders internally as well as with our suppliers and partners to co-build the most effective solutions together. This work involves intensive cooperation between all stakeholders to meet future challenges. Let’s stay together: supportive and committed! »

Our responsible purchasing goals and pillars

TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD FOR OUR COOPERATIVE.

Our Responsible Purchasing Policy has three goals:

  • Contribute to the overall performance of the Group and its subsidiaries by favouring purchases the environmental, social and economic impacts of which are as positive as possible over the entire life cycle.
  • Build balanced relationships with our suppliers and prioritise ethical and responsible supply chains.
  • Develop innovative partnerships with our suppliers to create sustainable value and increase our competitiveness.

The Sodiaal Group Purchasing Department articulates its Responsible Purchasing Policy around three pillars: Attitudes, Categories, and Responsible Suppliers.

Responsible attitudes

Responsible behaviour is fundamental to any business interaction, whether it be the buyer, supplier, or any stakeholder in the procurement process.

  • Sodiaal Code of Conduct: The Sodiaal Group Code of Conduct specifies the best practices to be followed individually and collectively, in particular, with regards to ethics, working conditions, and human rights. Our suppliers undertake to comply with it.
  • RFAR policy & label: The Purchasing Department ensures that a long-term and balanced relationship with its suppliers is built on mutual trust. Sodiaal also undertakes to comply with the ten principles of the Responsible Supplier Relations Policy, taking into account the major stakes of relations between customers and suppliers.

Responsible behaviour is fundamental to any business interaction, whether it be the buyer, supplier, or any stakeholder in the procurement process.

Responsible categories

The inclusion of CSR criteria in the various purchasing categories is essential for the construction of responsible categories. We have mapped CSR risks to identify the most exposed purchasing categories. In connection with this risk map and the Sodiaal Group’s CSR guidelines, we have defined roadmaps for 2030. They materialise the strategic and priority CSR goals for each Purchasing division, with a view to continuous improvement and value creation shared with our suppliers. We encourage our suppliers to take a proactive and continuous improvement approach through risk and impact assessments and by implementing action plans to manage and reduce their social and environmental impact.

Responsible suppliers

We strive to select suppliers of goods and services that meet the best social, ethical, and environmental standards, in line with our policy. The Sodiaal Group Purchasing Department continuously monitors the CSR performance of its suppliers through a recognised evaluation body, such as ECOVADIS, SEDEX, or equivalent. Action plans can be implemented with our suppliers to increase their performance and reduce major risks.

Sodiaal obtains the Supplier Relations and Responsible Purchasing label (RFAR)

Awarded to Sodiaal on April 18, 2023 by Business Mediation and the National Purchasing Council.

Through this labeling, the Sodiaal cooperative confirms its commitment to purchasing that respects suppliers, ethics and the environment, in line with its values ​​of sharing, respect, responsibility and cooperation!

frédéric chausson directeur des relations extérieures et développement durable
Mediator
Frédéric CHAUSSON
EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND CSR DIRECTOR
In order to guarantee the fluidity of relations with our suppliers, we have appointed an internal mediator who can be contacted in the event of contractual or relationship difficulties with our Cooperative, in compliance with the applicable legal rules, in particular with regard to confidentiality and the protection of personal data. As a guarantee of their independence and impartiality, the internal mediator reports directly to the Sodiaal Group's General Management.

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