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Looking for help and support for your EcoVadis participation?


EcoVadisIn winter 2016, we announced our partnership with EcoVadis, a company linking suppliers and buyers in a collaborative platform where suppliers are assessed on their sustainability performance. We will provide various levels of support to organizations answering EcoVadis.

1. Response check
Your company already has answered several questionnaires, but is still unsure of the format of documents, or the quality of the answers. DFGE will connect to the EcoVadis platform and check if the format or document match the type of questions, if some answers and references are missing, if the question paths are the most appropriate. For instance, if your company declares that it has a policy in place regarding Health and Safety, but the attached document is in fact results from a health and safety audit, we will indicate that this document is not the needed reference here, as it covers actions, and will briefly explain what a policy is.
In this sense, organizations can easily improve their performance as we would have identified the wrong references, and companies can easily add the right supporting documents.

2. DFGE complete: questionnaire and improvement plan
For companies who have never gone through an EcoVadis assessment, or who had several times but wish to quickly improve, we offer the EcoVadis support complete package. With this product, we will
– Make a prioritized list of documents that can be provided, to make sure that everything available has been provided
– Answer the questionnaire ourselves, by making sure documents are well referenced in the right format, by taking the right question paths
– Once the scorecard is published, we will launch a prioritized improvement plan, by improving the existing documentation, and by suggesting you solutions to address new improvement areas. For instance, if your company has an improvement area called “basic policy in human rights”, we will review the policy to know which topics are missing, to check if commitments are company-specific enough and then we will suggest improvements accordingly

3. DFGE services
We offer free webinars, one for Beginners on a weekly basis, one for Repeaters on a monthly basis. For those who want to completely master EcoVadis principles, we organize training sessions where theoretical principles will be put into practice by the attendees.
We are also willing to provide any support to your company, for instance byhelping addressing the improvement areas. For instance, we can assess your carbon footprint or help you take part in UNGC, among many others.

For a detailed description of our products, consult our Press Release: http://dfge.de/en/answering-ecovadis-expert-support-now-available/  or our webpage http://dfge.de/en/ecovadis/ , or feel free to contact us at info@dfge.de

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Towards more due diligence in the supply chain


Background story: The majority of our blog posts deals with CSR topics; we write about the latest developments in this field and try to relate it to a company’s daily business. Our background stories have a different perspective: Here, we explain trends, scientific background and societal implications of corporate sustainability – sometimes with a personal touch.

 

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Due diligence in the supply chain

Our partner EcoVadis recently hosted the Sustain event. EcoVadis unlocks the power of transparency in the supply chain, enabling buyers and suppliers to communicate on the results of a sustainability assessment through a collaborative platform. As such, EcoVadis offers a tool for sustainable procurement management, e.g. including social and environmental criteria within the supply chain. This topic has gained so much momentum over the past few years that it is now the object of legislation.  We try to explain thisphenomenon in this blog article, while describing solutions for companies faced with such issues.

Lack of transparency in the supply chain with outsourced impacts

Outsourcing has been growing for the past two decades. According to Deloitte, “the last two decades have been a significant rise in offshoring to external service providers”[1], though a small portion of companies are bringing some outsourced functions back to their home country. In this sense, the environmental and social impacts of production are now still mainly located in the supply chain level. Some events showed that the risks still exist and that scandals impacted the whole supply chain.

In April 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed, leaving more than 1,100 casualties and thousands of people injured in Bangladesh[2]. This building housed five factories for the garment industry. This disaster was covered by the media and shed light on the fact that clients don’t know what happen in their supply chain, and that basic safety rules and laws are not applied there. According to the Guardian, “investigators say several factors contributed to the building’s collapse: it was overloaded with machines and generators, constructed on swampy land, and the owner added floors in violation of the original building plan”.[3]

The same year, Europe was stained by the scandal of horsemeat, where horsemeat was sold as beef, showing the lack of transparency within a globalized supply chain. Many other examples could be found in this sense, but our point here is that there is a need for companies to tackle somehow these issues in their supply chain, for the suppliers’ sakes as well as theirs and their clients. [4]

Legislation as a driver for companies to tackle these issues

After these scandals, governments decided to act and to boost companies. Here are a few developments from the past three years.

Since May 2015, companies responding to certain criteria need to publish a statement on the actions they take to prevent slavery and human trafficking, according to the UK Modern Slavery Act.

In the US, the California Transparency in Supply Chain Act, some companies need to disclose in their websites the company’s actions to prevent such abuses.

France is trying to do the same, the bill on due diligence is still in validation by the government instances[5].

In case of non-compliance, some actions can be taken. In any case, companies will suffer from brand-damage, pressure from stakeholders, potential lawsuits …

These developments show that working conditions can be at risk in the supply chain, and that client companies have the power to investigate and require some practices from their suppliers. How can they tackle such issues?

Due diligence in the supply chain: solutions

First we recommend companies to edict clear requirements and made commitments, in the shape of public policies and statements

Then, companies need to let their suppliers/subcontractors know these requirements, so that they can act accordingly.

Suppliers don’t have the same level of risk according to their location, activity or size. We suggest companies to proceed to a risk-mapping. According to the level of risks, actions can be taken.

For instance, suppliers can be asked to be evaluated on their sustainability management system, for instance through EcoVadis or other sustainability assessments platforms.

For suppliers with high-risk level, we recommend having regular audits there, on sustainability topics, made by third parties, and by some members of the companies.

Then, what is key is collaboration and transparency. It is important that buyers, who are in touch with suppliers on a daily basis, are aware of such requirements, to explain them and pass it over to the suppliers. In this sense, we suggest different tools and approaches: training of buyers, dedicated team to help buyers in this sense; business reviews between suppliers and buyers, supplier scorecard including such topics, …

Reaching to your supplier is one thing. Reaching to the supplier of your supplier is another thing. In this sense, we recommend the use of EcoVadis as it enables to cascade requirements in the supply chain. Indeed, clients have their suppliers rated on their sustainability management system, including on how the suppliers handle their supplier sustainability management. Then, if the suppliers improve their own sustainable procurement practices, companies already reach another level in their supply chain.

Finally, we think that collaboration and knowledge sharing is key to success. We advise companies to train their suppliers, raise awareness through handbooks and code of conduct, organize seminars etc.

Last but not least, partnership with a local NGOs can help address the issues on the field and have more visibility on what is happening in the high-risk zones.

We know that it is hard for companies to reach such levels of the supply chain. However, we hope that this articles gives inspiration to solve such complex issues. If you are interested in solutions and consulting services, please contact us at info@dfge.de or consult our EcoVadis webpage.

Resources:

Article on latest regulations http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/single-article-page/article/the-emerging-compliance-hot-topic-for-2016-regulations-regarding-trafficked-coerced-labor/

UK Modern Slavery Act: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/30/contents/enacted

 California Transparency in Supply Chain Act: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/164934.pdf

Sources:

[1] P.5, Deloitte’s 2014 Global Outsourcing and Insourcing industry http://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/strategy/us-2014-global-outsourcing-insourcing-survey-report-123114.pdf

[2] http://www.cleanclothes.org/safety/ranaplaza

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/world/rana-plaza

[4] http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/horsemeat/

[5] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mandatory-human-rights-due-diligence-government-1-devoir-poitevin?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share

Discover DFGE’s new website!


Dear readers, we are happy to inform you that we have changed our website design and content. You can find it here:  http://dfge.de/en/. In this article we briefly explain the main changes and how we hope you will benefit from our relaunched website.

A new structure based on our Sustainability Intelligence approach

DFGE’s Sustainability Intelligence approach aims at leveraging the life of companies by reusing existing and available data to reusethem for other standards, and making the link through them.

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In this sense, our offer is built around Sustainability management: we transform existing data (calculation), we include them in sustainability reporting frameworks (reporting). We also help companies plan their strategy, implement their actions and review these actions with dedicated KPIs. All these processes are documented and can be reused in calculation and reporting – this is Sustainability Intelligence.

Thus our website is structured around calculation, reporting and management.

New pages following new market trends

Since 1999, DFGE has been specializing in carbon footprint reporting and environmental management. Over the past few years, DFGE has noticed increasing participation in CSR standards such as United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), EcoVadis, GRI[1],… DFGE has extended its competencies to better support companies in their current challenges, from CO2 emissions to a broader CSR/sustainability strategy.

In this sense, you can find new webpages on our EcoVadis and GRI support.

We have just signed a partnership with EcoVadis and will provide response checks of questionnaires as a starter package. The complete package features a fill-in questionnaire and a prioritized CSR improvement strategy with dedicated feedback on current documents and practices.

Our GRI support enables us to help companies identify their main impacts and topics of interest, and to prepare the contents of CSR report following the GRI G4 Guidelines.

A more visual website

To ensure a nice visitor experience, we made sure to structure the pages in different blocks and to reduce the amounts of texts and. For instance, the background information about a dedicated standard can be found at the bottom of the page, if you decide to expand the text blocks.

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Blog integration

Our blog is moving and will be integrated in our new website – for the next couple months we will feed all new blog articles here on our external blog and in parallel on our new blog at http://dfge.de/blog/

There will be a special announcement for the final move – we hope you will like the new blog style.

We would be happy to receive your feedback at info@dfge.de. Happy reading!

[1] See our blog entry on growing CSR trends for more information

EcoVadis Partnerschaft mit DFGE: Neuer Schwung für nachhaltige Beschaffung in der DACH-Region


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DFGE wird der erste Consulting Partner in der DACH-Region von EcoVadis, dem Experten für Nachhaltigkeit in der Lieferkette. Diese Zusammenarbeit wird es Unternehmen künftig ermöglichen, besser auf die Anfragen ihrer Kunden bei einem EcoVadis-Assessment einzugehen und ihre CSR-Performance zu verbessern.

EcoVadis, eine kollaborative Plattform für Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung

EcoVadis betreibt die erste kollaborative Plattform, die Supplier Sustainability Ratings für globale Lieferketten bereitstellt. Über 25 000 Unternehmen nutzen das Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)-Assessment von EcoVadis, darunter mehrere Tausend in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Sie erhalten darüber eine Bewertung und Scorecard ihrer Leistungen in den Bereichen Umwelt, Soziales, Ethik, und Lieferkette.

EcoVadis bietet eine konkrete Lösung, die Transparenz zu CSR in der Zulieferkette schafft. Unternehmen treten der EcoVadis-Plattform bei und fordern ihre Zulieferer dazu auf, deren Nachhaltigkeits-Management von EcoVadis beurteilen zu lassen. Diese Analyse wird von EcoVadis-Experten durchgeführt; die Ergebnisse werden auf der gemeinschaftlichen Plattform in Form einer Scorecard veröffentlicht, zugänglich für sowohl Einkäufer als auch für Zuliefere.

DFGE bietet verschiedene Dienstleistungen an

DFGE ist jetzt offizieller EcoVadis Consulting-Partner, der Zulieferern dabei hilft, diese Komplexität zu verstehen und die Anforderungen zu erfüllen. EcoVadis vertraut der DFGE entsprechende Trainings und Überprüfungen der ausgefüllten Fragebögen an.

Trainings werden für das Ausfüllen des Fragebogens und den Umgang mit der Plattform angeboten. Sie zielen darauf ab, es den Zulieferern zu ermöglichen, den Fragebogen selbstständig auszufüllen und die Anfragen ihrer Kunden zu beantworten. DFGE wird auch ausgefüllte Fragebögen überprüfen, um sicherzustellen, dass die Antworten den EcoVadis-Anforderungen und der Methodik entsprechen.

Mit mehr als 15 Jahren Erfahrung im Bereich der Nachhaltigkeits-Datenverwaltung kann die DFGE Zulieferern dabei helfen, die richtige Dokumentation zu finden und zu verbessern. Die DFGE bietet auch Komplettpakete an, die dabei helfen, die eingesetzte Zeit und Ressourcen bei einer EcoVadis-Teilnahme zu minimieren.

Darüber hinaus kann die DFGE unter anderem auch dabei beraten, die erzielten Ergebnisse zu verstehen, einen Verbesserungsplan aufzustellen, das Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement durch Erstellung beispielsweise eines Carbon Footprints zu verbessern oder einen CSR-Bericht nach GRI-Richtlinien aufzustellen.

Zusammenfassend können EcoVadis-Teilnehmer also von Beratung und Unterstützung durch die DFGE profitieren, und zwar in ihrer jeweiligen Landessprache. Die DFGE wurde durch EcoVadis geschult, um die offiziellen Produkte anbieten zu können.

Die ganze Pressemeldung lesen: http://www.dfge.de/de/ecovadis-partnerschaft/

Mehr zu EcoVadis: http://www.ecovadis.com/

Oder kontaktieren Sie uns unter  info@dfge.de

 

EcoVadis and DFGE partnership: boosting sustainable procurement in the German-speaking region


ecovadis-logo01DFGE becomes the first Consulting Partner in the German-speaking region of EcoVadis, the leader in supply chain sustainability ratings. This partnership will help companies to better answer their clients’ requests for an EcoVadis assessment, as well as to improve CSR performance.

EcoVadis, a collaborative sustainability rating platform

EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform providing Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains. More than 25,000 companies use EcoVadis’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) assessment, including thousands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, which provides a rating and scorecard on their environmental, social/labor, and ethical practices.

EcoVadis provides a concrete solution enabling CSR transparency in the supply chain. Companies subscribe to EcoVadis and require their suppliers to be assessed by EcoVadis on their sustainability management. This analysis is carried out by EcoVadis experts and the results are then published on a collaborative platform, accessible by both buyers and suppliers, in the shape of a scorecard.

DFGE will offer various services

EcoVadis trusts DFGE in providing trainings and pre-checks of responses. Trainings are about EcoVadis principles, the questionnaire and platform management. They aim at empowering suppliers in completing the questionnaire and responding to clients’ requests. DFGE will also provide response checks to make sure that the answers are aligned with EcoVadis requirements and methodology. With more than 15 years of experience in sustainability data management and reporting, DFGE can help suppliers to find and improve the right documentation. DFGE also offers complete service packages that reduce company’s investment in time and resources and prepare all requested information to submit to EcoVadis.

On top of that, DFGE can also provide guidance to explain the results of the scorecard, conduct an improvement plan, consolidate the sustainability management system by providing dedicated documents such as the carbon footprint, a CSR report based on GRI guidelines, among other services.

As a consequence, EcoVadis users can benefit from guidance and dedicated feedback, in their own speaking language. DFGE has been trained by EcoVadis to provide the official products.

To read the full PR: http://www.dfge.de/en/ecovadis-partnership/

To learn more about EcoVadis: http://www.ecovadis.com/ or DFGE: http://www.dfge.de/en/

Or contact us at info@dfge.de for any question or information.