Among its commitments to a green economy, SPIE has implemented a proactive policy of sustainable purchasing to limit its environmental impact. In this way, the Group promotes corporate responsibility while encouraging innovation through the development of smart solutions.
Sustainable purchasing combines supplier relationship management with corporate social responsibility. The purchasing division now incorporates sustainable development into its purchasing policy, making it a fundamental criterion alongside cost and quality.
In practice, this policy notably involves:
- Selecting products and equipment based on their rate of energy and water consumption
- Reducing direct and indirect carbon emissions, by evaluating the shipping distances and transport methods required for various merchandise
- Favouring recycled or reusable products
Applying this process generates real benefits in the long term, enabling the company to optimise its own environmental performance, while also improving its image with its customers.
A high-stakes policy
In an effort to limit its environmental impact at every level, SPIE has set up environmental responsibility programmes in its purchasing activities, where crucial green economy issues are at stake. Indeed, purchasing represents 50% of the company’s activity and 70% of its carbon footprint. In late 2012, SPIE’s partner EcoVadis performed an external assessment of the Group’s purchasing activity, judging 80% of its purchases to be at risk from a CSR perspective. More than 70 new companies joined the list of SPIE’s biggest suppliers. A common standard will help to assess their performance, while constructive efforts are needed to reduce their carbon footprints.
Sustainable development holds a key role in the SPIE Group's business strategy. In 2003, the group joined the Global Compact, which encourages companies to apply and promote ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.