Towards ever more responsible procurement

633 million tonnes of CO2, that’s the amount of greenhouse gases saved in 2018 by the 11,700 suppliers of the 5,600 large organisations in 90 countries that responded to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)*. This international organisation has commended 128 companies for their efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their supply chains. As one of them, Orange has been awarded a place on the “2019 Supplier Engagement Leader” board.

Over the past fifteen years, Orange has pursued an extremely active environmental policy in terms of its carbon footprint, circular economy, Green IT and preservation of biodiversity. This involves multiple actions at all levels of the company and across all areas of our business: from networks to buildings, transport and also our supply chain, where we have been developing a very strict policy for several years now.

This distinction awarded by the CDP recognises that, beyond our own perimeter, we have the capacity to generate ripple effects and trigger virtuous momentum, for example by asking our suppliers to optimise their transport/logistics efficiency, commit our providers to improve their transparency about their CO2 emissions (…) and even encourage Chinese manufacturers to implement sustainable development policies.

The JAC, a catalyst for CSR in the global factory

Set up in 2010 by Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia, the JAC (Joint Audit Cooperation) now welcomes 16 large telecoms operators into the association who, together, represent no less than 2.7 billion connections and account for half of all revenues in the global telecoms industry.

Tirelessly led by Alex Wang (Director Supplier Management & Innovation Orange), this group lobbies suppliers and equipment manufacturers in more than 30 countries to sign up to a global approach of supply chain transparency according to social, ethical, health and of course environmental criteria.

The JAC also audits its suppliers, recognising their capacity to implement CSR principles through 146 points along with promoting them in their own subcontracting chain. In fact, the JAC now audits tier 4 suppliers!

These audits are now requested by subcontractors, who understand the importance of meeting criteria in terms of opening up considerable markets for them.

That’s why, for example, China Shoto, a battery manufacturer, bought a recycling plant to reprocess these highly polluting materials more safely.

Further proof of this virtuous dynamic: the JAC academy trains suppliers in audit methodologies to investigate their own subcontracting chain, with the aim of a continuous improvement in transparency and sustainability.

*CDP: (Not for profit international organisation which focuses investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact.)https://www.cdp.net/en/research/global-reports/global-supply-chain-report-2019