The Supplier Assessment Campaign

The Supplier Assessment Campaign is an essential part of Railsponsible offering members valuable insights into their supply chain but also giving assessed companies the possibility to make their sustainability related efforts visible and share the results with numerous companies – instead of taking part in several different assessments specific to each of their clients which is costly and time-consuming.

Since April 2015, the six founding members of Railsponsible have been engaging more than 1000 suppliers to be assessed on their CSR practices leveraging the EcoVadis rating platform. The resulting scorecards are helping Railsponsible members’ procurement teams to monitor the CSR and sustainability practices of their supply chains.

To date, more than 300 suppliers have been scored and results are showing a very satisfying level of CSR performance. The average global score of Railsponsible suppliers stands at 49/100, outperforming the average global score of the EcoVadis database being 42/100.

For instance, within the Locomotives and rolling stock industry, suppliers of Railsponsible members appear to be more mature with regards to environmental and social topics. As an illustration, 75% of Railsponsible suppliers are ISO 14001 certified while overall only 50% of railway suppliers have obtained this international certification for environmental management systems. Fair business practices as well as sustainable procurement, however, are still areas where some room for improvement can be identified – compared to practices across all industry sectors.

It is also worth noting that suppliers’ performance varies between geographical regions: when it comes to overall CSR performance North American and European suppliers (average score 52/100 and 49/100 respectively) are outperforming suppliers based in the Asia-Pacific region (44/100).

Figure: The Railsponsible supplier assessment campaign at a glance (as of March 16 2016).