The Group’s Purchasing Department has tightened its supplier ethics and compliance controls to protect EDF from potential sanctions and damage to its reputation due to any illegal practices on the part of suppliers. In 2019, the Purchasing Department carried out almost 2,500 new controls.
Its Sustainable Development – Corporate Social Responsibility assessment process includes supplier audits, performed on site by external auditors, and monitored self-assessments. This process is implemented in line with the map of CSR risks by purchasing segment. In 2019, the map of risks was updated to take into account duty of care and was extended to include the assessment of ethics and compliance risks in purchasing. Under the terms of their purchasing agreement, suppliers must introduce corrective action plans if any cases of non-compliance or serious violations of legal requirements are reported.
The Group’s Purchasing Department conducts audits in France and throughout the world. In 2019, it focused on supplier sites in Europe, where all its audits were performed (of which 77% in France).
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The Group’s Purchasing Department uses the Acesia online assessment platform developed by Afnor to manage the self-assessment question-naires. At end-2019, nearly 1,750 suppliers had been surveyed using this platform, and 815 of them were subject to controls and assessed.
The assessments conducted found supplier performance to be "satisfac-tory" or "acceptable with observations" for over 80% of the audits and almost 40% of the questionnaires.
The Purchasing Department has set a target to send the questionnaire to all suppliers engaged in a contract worth over €400,000 incurring high risk.
EDF’s programmes to simplify access to products and services available from SMEs and mid-market companies
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