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A joint journey

Evaluating suppliers for sustainability using common worldwide criteria

For Endress+Hauser, acting in an ecological, social and ethical manner is part of its corporate responsibility. The Group also systematically evaluates suppliers for sustainability.

Evaluating suppliers for sustainability using common worldwide criteria ©Endress+Hauser

As a family company, sustainability and a long-term mindset are core values at Endress+Hauser.

“It’s a journey that we undertake together with our suppliers,” says Fabian Dreier, who heads up the purchasing and logistics area at Endress+Hauser Flow. Dreier was recently in China, where his partners demonstrated how environmental protection and fair business practices are a natural way of doing things. “It’s a good sign that these issues are proactively presented,” says the manager.

Comparison insights

Since 2019, Endress+Hauser Flow has given its roughly 400 direct suppliers the opportunity to have their sustainability performance audited by external specialist EcoVadis. The evaluation is carried out using 21 criteria from the fields of environmental protection, work practices and human rights, fair business practices and sustainable procurement.

The participating suppliers gain insights into how they stack up against other companies in their comparison group and where they can further develop, in addition to receiving concrete suggestions for improvement.

Common goal

“For us this offers an opportunity for an open dialogue,” says Fabian Dreier. How is the health of the workforce being safeguarded? How is water management set up? “As a family company, sustainability and a long-term mindset are core values at Endress+Hauser,” says Dreier. This responsibility for subsequent generations does not stop at the edge of the company premises. “For us it’s important that our suppliers also act in an ecological, social and ethical manner.”

Comprehensive overview

The goal is for all core and strategic suppliers to voluntarily participate in the sustainability audit by 2023. A total of 48 partners in Europe, China, the US and India participated in an initial round of audits. Endress+Hauser Flow also sees the results. In addition to the information from its own supplier audits, the product center receives an even more comprehensive overview of its partners, which it can use for comparison purposes.