Demanding and promoting sustainability
Our aim is to secure competitive advantages for our group through a professional purchasing organization. Our suppliers are also an important part of our value chain. Together with them, we aim to further expand our commitment to sustainability and minimize risks. We count on reliable suppliers who provide us with high-quality raw materials at competitive prices. Our aim is to make our suppliers’ contribution to sustainability transparent and to create a uniform, global program for responsible procurement and for improving environmental and social standards at suppliers.
The Ecovadis Sustainability Audit 2021 determined a score of 60 for the CHT Group’s sustainable procurement management.
The CHT evaluation process is simplified by a globally standardized questionnaire.
In 2021, Keim Additec Surface GmbH (CHT KAS) was fully integrated into the supplier evaluation management system. As a result, a total of 18 relevant CHT companies (with production facilities) now form the basis of our observation and evaluation.
In 2021, a total of 490 suppliers were evaluated. They cover a purchasing volume for raw materials of approximately 275 million EUR and thus the main part of the total raw material demand of the CHT Group.
In 2021, 315 suppliers were evaluated as sustainable according to the CHT criteria, a decrease of 10% compared to the previous year. We support suppliers where we identify a need for improvement to further develop their sustainability. After a defined timeframe, we conduct a reassessment.
Suppliers are informed that CHT reserves the right to terminate the cooperation in the event of particularly serious deviations and if no improvement is identified. In 2021, this was not necessary in any case.
The current sustainability rate at the end of 2021 was 88.5%. This means that the average targeted value of 88% set for 2021 was exceeded for all companies.
In addition to the above-mentioned performance criteria for quality management and requirements in the EHS (Environment, Health, Safety) area, the location of the supplier is also considered in the case of our suppliers in the services and MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Operations) area. Local suppliers are preferred for reasons of shorter transport distances (reduction of emissions).