2013 implementation scan
An independent consultancy conducts an annual assessment of the implementation of the selection criteria in the Code of Conduct by our suppliers. These implementation scans are performed on the basis of the Socially Responsible Procurement monitoring method of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. This is a two-way process. We appreciate feedback from our suppliers and we learn from them. The objective is to work together to create and further expand a sustainable value chain. Our suppliers believe this approach is positive.
Together with the consultant we compiled a questionnaire for the sessions, with questions covering the following categories: Society (including human rights), Environment, Employees, Quality, Clients and Suppliers. A risk matrix is used to demonstrate the risk level of the various suppliers in terms of CSR and the extent to which this may impact Boskalis business operations or the Boskalis image. We will sever ties with suppliers who are in the segment with a signiﬁcant risk and signiﬁcant impact. Suppliers in the segment with a high risk and high impact are given a chance to improve in dialogue with us. If we see insufﬁcient or no progress, we will also sever ties with these suppliers.
The scan was ﬁrst performed in 2012 in a random sample of twenty Dutch and Belgian parties. The random sample was extended in 2013 to include European suppliers from Hungary, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Germany who make up a representative cross-section of our strategic suppliers. The scan included, for example, a supplier of large steel structures for the dragheads of our hopper dredgers in Hungary, a producer of ship engines in Germany and a paint producer in Denmark.
The 2013 scan also looked at four suppliers who performed poorly in 2012. Three of them had improved their results. We are considering the termination of our relationship with the supplier whose results are still below standard.
Meet the Buyer sessions
We exchange ideas with suppliers and pool innovations. In 2011 we launched our Meet the Buyer sessions. These have resulted in chain initiatives to work together towards greater sustainability. For example with Beelen Group, with whom we have established an assured process for the recycling of old dredging pipes. And with Royal Van Voorden Castings, with whom we have set up a cradle-to-cradle chain for worn-out impellers and dredging pumps (read more on 'Recycling in the chain' in our 2012 CSR report). Since the launch of this process, over 2.5 million kilograms of scrap metal have been returned and recycled.
Other initiatives arising from the sessions relate to the use of cleaner fuels on our equipment. For example, we launched a study in late 2013 into whether GTL can be used successfully on one of our tugboats. We have also teamed up with SkyNRG for a pilot involving the use of biodiesel on a number of our Dutch trucks (see also the case on 'Greater sustainability in the chain').
We will organize a new round of Meet the Buyer sessions in 2014.
Boskalis is the ﬁrst maritime service provider to sign the NEVI Manifesto for Sustainable Procurement and Corporate Responsibility (MVIO). By signing this manifesto, Chief Procurement Ofﬁcers of private and public organizations formalize their efforts to anchor sustainable chain management. They also hope that this will inspire other companies and their suppliers.
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