To meet our global needs, we have purchasing offices in 8 countries and a dynamic purchasing organisation structure with 200 employees. As of 2017, our total procurement volume has reached € 3 billion, with material supply from 1800 direct sources in 53 countries as well as indirect and investment purchases.
Our Supplier Transparency Project (BTP-Business Transparency Project) carried out in collaboration with our suppliers to raise awareness on sustainability was awarded “Best Contribution to Responsibility” at 2017 Procurement Management Awards organised by ProcureCon and the Chartered Institue of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), which assesses the best procurement practices in Europe. As part of the BTP (Business Transparency Project) initiated with the support of GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and completed in 2016, 12 suppliers were asked to produce sustainability reports with an aim to increase their corporate sustainability performances, improve their skills in producing such reports and present their work in the international arena.
Our Purchasing and R&D departments spearhead the organisation of innovation and technology days in collaboration with universities in order to promote our suppliers’ awareness of and involvement in innovation.
Supplier Code of Conduct Principles
All of our suppliers are obliged to abide by our environment and business ethics provisions referenced to our policies. In line with this principle, we provide training to our suppliers as well as monitoring their compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct. You can share with us any suspicious behavior or violation of business ethics.
Business Ethics Audits & Reporting
We make quality, environment and work ethic evaluations for every new company we start to work with. In 2017, we started to collaborate with 144 new companies. During the reporting period, 340 suppliers were assessed for business ethics and 157 suppliers were subject to quality control. As part of our Sustainable Supplier Index project launched in 2017, we set targets for our suppliers with sustainability risk and help them take necessary actions.
Environmental Criteria for Suppliers
We follow the European Union directives as well as the existing legal regulations to safeguard the continually deteriorating ecological balances. We encourage all our collaborators in the supply chain to adopt this approach.
We pay special attention to continue our operations with an aim to produce quality, innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly products with a consideration of our social and environmental responsibilities. We expect our suppliers to work with the same awareness, supporting them in their efforts to gain it.
We have been organising supplier days since 2011 with an aim to strengthen our communications with our suppliers, who we regard as key partners in our procurement chain and as our stakeholders, and to share our strategies, procurement policy and expectations.
Supplier Development Programme
We endeavour to support our suppliers’ development. In doing so, we not only gain competitive advantage but also help increase quality while reducing costs.
We deliver productivity projects for our auxiliary industries based on a "shared gain" model, provide development with a win-win principle and facilitate an increase in supplier quality with a goal-oriented management.