3 Major Telecom Operators select the EcoVadis Sustainable Supply Management solution

EcoVadis, a leading provider of sustainable supply management solutions, has been selected by 3 major Telecom operators as part of a project led by the French Telecom Federation (Fédération Française des Télécoms).

Online PR News – 20-August-2010 – – EcoVadis, a leading provider of sustainable supply management solutions, has been selected by 3 major Telecom operators as part of a project led by the French Telecom Federation (Fédération Française des Télécoms). The EcoVadis solution will now be used by Bouygues Telecom, France Telecom-Orange and SFR to assess CSR performance (Corporate Social Responsibility) among their suppliers worldwide. EcoVadis SP is a new solution offering businesses a platform for assessing and monitoring ethical, environmental and social performance among their key suppliers in over 120 countries. Thanks to the EcoVadis solution, operators can access their suppliers’ evaluations for 21 environmental, social and ethical criteria, taking into account specific issues in 150 business sectors.

Companies in the French Telecom Federation have committed to contribute to French commitments in reducing environmental impact, which was expressed, in particular, through a charter signed on July 22th with Chantal Jouanno, Secretary of State for Ecology. Operators are thereby committed to having an exemplary approach towards their partners and suppliers through the implementation of responsible buying policies. To that end, operators have decided to establish a common standard in terms of their suppliers’ CSR performance assessment, which will help provide reliable information and facilitate the work of their suppliers. The solution selected was EcoVadis.

“The development of sustainable buying policies shows there exists a genuine, substantial momentum. We have included a “CSR Suppliers” charter and clauses relating to sustainable development within our calls for tenders or contracts. But we want to go further still by supporting our suppliers and sub-contractors in an approach towards ongoing improvement in their Sustainable Development performance,” declared Richard Lalande, French Telecom Federation Sustainable Development Commission Chairman. “The EcoVadis platform seemed to us to be an excellent solution in reinforcing this approach.”

EcoVadis Managing Director and co-founder Pierre-François Thaler adds “This agreement with the FTF allows us to deploy our platform for all operators, and it demonstrates the relevance of our shared model. Such standardisation is key to fostering change in the practices used within supply chains. French operators have highly structured policies in terms of Sustainable Development, and we are proud to be part of this initiative.”

About EcoVadis:

EcoVadis operates the 1st SaaS collaborative platform helping major companies assess their suppliers’ environmental and social performance. EcoVadis combines an information system and a network of CSR analysts in order to provide buyers with simple and reliable information covering 150 purchasing categories, 150 countries, and 21 indicators (ranging from “CO2 emissions” to “child labour”). EcoVadis solutions can help businesses reduce risks and improve their suppliers’ performance. At this time, over 30 major international groups (and close to half the companies listed on the CAC40 index) use EcoVadis to assess their suppliers’ CSR performance. In a recent study, UNEP/Global Compact mentionned that “Businesses should use databases like EcoVadis (…) for they collect and distribute data about suppliers and they provide buyers with an integrated supplier assessment tool focused on Sustainable Development indicators.” (“Unchaining Value” Report)

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