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Group Purchasing Manager
How are Legrand suppliers selected?
Before getting involved in a relationship with a supplier, it is important to check a certain number of facts that will help to manage the relationship with that supplier more effectively. The various operational phases: certification, contractual arrangements, inspections and audits are therefore quantified according to the issues at stake, the risk, the purchasing category concerned, and the supplier type, irrespective of its location. Each phase incorporates the Group's responsible purchasing rules. For example, for the subcontracting of operations where there is an environmental risk, such as surface treatment, the certification process includes a CSR questionnaire used to evaluate the maturity of the relevant suppliers in this area. It contains around 20 questions concerning the supplier's social, occupational health and safety, and environmental commitments. In 2015, the certification tool was upgraded to incorporate additional compliance rules, particularly to prevent the risk of fraud or conflicts of interest, for example.
How is the relationship with suppliers managed?
The Group Purchasing Policy establishes sustainable, balanced, and mutually beneficial principles with suppliers who respect Legrand's values. Legrand's responsible purchasing initiative is based on the principle that the Group's ethical, environmental, and societal rules also apply to its suppliers and subcontractors, who are chosen and managed in accordance with these rules. Legrand thus places its responsible purchasing initiative at the heart of its Purchasing Quality Management System for Purchasing, in order to share the same rules in the different purchasing departments in different countries. The supplier relations code of ethics allows all stakeholders who interact with suppliers, i.e. purchasers as well as internal partners, to devise a framework for this relationship in accordance with the Group's compliance programme.
What is a sensitive supplier according to Legrand?
A sensitive supplier in terms of social responsibility is a supplier whose activity may pose an environmental risk or a risk to health and safety at work for its employees. The methodology deployed in the Group also takes risk factors related to the country where the supplier is located and the level of the supplier's dependency on Legrand into account.
Sensitive suppliers are subject to special monitoring governed by the Group's CSR roadmap.
The priority consists of identifying who are the sensitive suppliers and to support them with a continuous environmental, social and societal performance improvement process.