Schindler is committed to embed sustainability directly into its supply chain activities and processes.
Schindler relies on a global network of suppliers for production materials and services. Our commitment to improve their competitiveness, ethical behavior, and environmental management practices is embedded across our environment, quality, and vendor policies. We systematically evaluate our prospective suppliers and conduct frequent requalification of existing partners.
As a key milestone, we created a global supplier relationship management and information portal. This enables our suppliers to be directly involved in the sharing of information, target setting, and actions tracking according to improvement plans.
“Integrating purchasing, quality, and sustainability data into one platform builds a more efficient and resilient supply chain.”
Jürgen Kästle, Head of Global Continuous Cost and Quality Leadership
We are improving transparency in our global supply chain by increasing cooperation amongst our global, regional and local purchasing and industrialization functions. We recognize suppliers with already high standards, support their initiatives to improve further, and work with them to develop long-term improvement plans. This enables us to reduce business risks as well as increase the reputation of our suppliers.
In 2018, we decided to incorporate a broader range of sustainability criteria into our assessments and have therefore set ourselves the target of having independent sustainability evaluations for 75% of our manufacturing purchases. We – in collaboration with EcoVadis - support our supply chain partners’ efforts to improve their performance. By the end of 2019, a selection of global suppliers, representing 33% of our manufacturing spend, were already successfully assessed using EcoVadis.