The Responsible Procurement policy also aims to integrate sustainable development in the different steps of its contracting process – throughout the lifecycle of product or service purchased.
The reciprocal commitments between EDF and its suppliers in terms of sustainable development – social responsibility are contained in the "Sustainable Development Charter between EDF and Its Suppliers", a contractual document.
With this chart, suppliers commit to respecting the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) conventions as well as the United Nations Global Compact. They must make every effort to insure direct application by intermediaries and sub-contractors, especially in respect of the law, health and safety of employees, ethical behaviour with clients and respect of the environment.
Supplier and sub-contractor’s respect of environmental and social commitments is assessed with an evaluation system, for example:
- audited supplier questionnaires
- audits for the environment, hygiene and security, work time, forced labour, child labour, etc.