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Groupe SEB

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GROUPE SEB Purchasing Policy contributing to sustainable development

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Issues Addressed

  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Principle 10 - Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery

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GROUPE SEB has joined Global Compact in December 2003 and adopted its principles.

GROUPE SEB is committed in corporate social responsibility and aims to preserve its leading position through constant innovation and high quality standards.
GROUPE SEB to cover its range of products needs to buy worldwide as well as to source products through selected suppliers.

The Purchasing Policy reveals GROUPE SEB’s continuing efforts to promote sustainable development toward its purchasers and suppliers, focusing on areas where risk of corporate social responsibility is higher.

>> Toward GROUPE SEB’s purchasers

All its buyers have to comply with GROUPE SEB’s code of ethics, established in 2002:

> To abide by the law in each country and to check out that suppliers are doing the same thing

> To ban any financial compensation, gift or advantage

> To ensure the confidentiality the information not directly linked to the business

> To apply purchasing methods that foster the competition between healthy suppliers

>> Toward GROUPE SEB’s suppliers

GROUPE SEB has conducted 3 different actions:

> GROUPE SEB requires all its suppliers to sign up the ecodeclaration, which is a contractual commitment to ban the use of prohibited substances, by law or by the group’s environmental policy, in all components and products GROUPE SEB uses or distributes.

> GROUPE SEB has listed the achievements and plans for ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 certifications of all the suppliers of direct materials for its European factories. GROUPE SEB strongly encourages its main suppliers to be certified for both ISO previously mentioned.
GROUPE SEB has notably carried out a study in 2004 about the costs and benefits of the ISO certification among 30 of its suppliers to promote the certification to other suppliers.

> It has extended to 50 the list of the Asian suppliers being questioned with an approach quite similar to SA 8000 standard. This survey is a self-declaration-based form, and deeper audits are conducted on suppliers that provide odd answers or are reluctant to do it.>> Environment:
100% of our recommended suppliers have signed and given their ecodeclaration.
Over the panel of 400 recommended suppliers more than 40% are ISO 9002 among which 25% are already ISO 14001 or in the process to be certified.

>> Social Principles:
50 suppliers representing over 80% of Groupe SEB’s $200 millions products and components purchased in Asia have certified they are in line with the socio declaration form requested and comply with local labour laws.

>> Anti-Corruption:
The number of end-of-year suppliers’ gifts has continuously decreased. What remains is distributed through a lucky draw to all the employees at year-end.



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