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A focus on safety, skills and transparency guides the choice of our supply chain partners. We work together with respect for our country in order to achieve the highest standards of sustainability
CDP Group recognises the high social and environmental value of its relationship with its suppliers, selecting them in compliance with applicable legislation and in order to guarantee compliance with the principles contained in our Code of Ethics.
In 2018 the first Supplier Portal was launched. It is common to all the companies in the CDP universe: a single point of contact where our partners can register and find out about our current purchasing procedures arising from the organisational, operational and procurement needs of group companies.
Find out about our Supplier Portal
Our partners are selected following an in-depth assessment and in compliance with the principles of economy, effectiveness, fairness, free competition, non-discrimination, transparency, proportionality and publicity. All suppliers must possess the appropriate technical and commercial requisites: in order to be selected, each partner must demonstrate that they meet specific legal, economic-financial and technical and organisational requirements of competence and reliability, by entering appropriate documentation into the supplier portal.
The contractual relationship with suppliers, established through tender or award procedures, follows procurement law (with specific reference to those companies subject to the Procurement Code pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree No. 50/2016), the Group's Code of Ethics, the Organisation, Management and Control Model (pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree 231/01) and internal regulations regarding purchases and relations with third parties.
For the purposes of assessing the social and environmental responsibility of suppliers, specific clauses are contained in the contracts aimed at ensuring full compliance with all the rules and regulations regarding location, protection of minors, contributions, assistance and welfare. Full compliance with regulations on the prevention of accidents at work, hygiene and safety, as well as all obligations relating to insurance against accidents at work, retirement planning, disability, old age, occupational diseases and any other provisions for the material protection of workers in force or that may apply during the course of contractual performance is also required. In addition, for suppliers that have contracts above a certain value threshold, the checks provided for by anti-mafia legislation are also carried out.
Furthermore, the Group does not make purchases in countries where the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is not guaranteed: our main foreign suppliers operate in other European countries and in North America, where the main International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions have been ratified and where the risks of violation of human rights are reduced. The activities for the selection and approval of financial organisations are followed by constant monitoring of the suppliers' performance during execution of the services.
As part of its purchasing procedures, CDP favours access by small and medium-sized Italian companies, typical of our economic fabric, setting requirements such as not to exclude these businesses. In 2017, the Group concentrated approximately 88% of its expenses for the supply of goods and services on local suppliers, i.e. those who are resident in Italy for tax purposes. The main purchases relate to general expenses and real estate, ICT services, consulting services (legal, accounting, fiscal, financial, technical operations), advertising and promotional expenses.