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Purchasing policy

We consider our suppliers an integral part of the sustainability process. Therefore, in choosing our partners, we also assess aspects relating to sustainability parameters through the Register qualification process, in addition to considering the ability of the companies to offer products or services that are qualitatively and financially valid, their economic and financial solidity and compliance with regulatory obligations in the execution of their activities (among others the correct payment of contributions to employees - DURC).

With a view to an increasingly high-quality supplier base, in 2018 the Suppliers Register, active since May 2011, was completely revised both in terms of process and the support information system. The new Register ensures a prompt updating of supplier information and a fully dematerialised and computerised process. To enable the SEA Group to benefit from a supply chain that also contributes towards the achievement of sustainable development, new assessment parameters were introduced when revising the qualification process, such as the possession of a Sustainability Report and specific references to Human Rights (e.g. equal pay; no discrimination; freedom of association and collective-bargaining contracts; child labour) in the company Code of Conduct or in the Ethics Code, a copy of which is requested. 

In 2018, a supplier requalification campaign was therefore launched on the basis of the following evaluation areas:


Environmental management system certifications of potential suppliers are evaluated (such as ISO 14001, the EMAS registration or ISO 50001) and the use of materials with low emissions or low energy consumption and the manner for selecting its suppliers in accordance with environmental characteristics.


The level of attention and the management of safety profiles through the workplace health and safety management system (if certified in accordance with Legislative Decree 81/2008, under the UNI-INAIL guidelines or the OHSAS 18001 regulation) is analysed, in addition to the presence or otherwise within the company of a Prevention and Protection Service, the presence of a Safety Officer, who analyses the individual contracts/orders, whether at least once over the last three years the INAIL rate has reduced, in addition to the number of accidents reported over the last three years.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Supplier evaluation is based on the availability of certifications (ISO 9001) and on company initiatives to develop a socially responsible approach to the planning and management of the business, described through their Sustainability Report. Particular attention is given to the presence of company policies for the respect of human rights. In addition, particular attention is placed on the profile level regarding the organizational model as per Legislative Decree 231/2001, in addition to the adoption of an internal Conduct Code/Ethics Code by the supplier.

Order value by type (millions of Euro)


Note: The figures refer to that ordered in the period (orders concerning more than one year are not broken down by individual year).
Source: SEA