Our buyers are trained in CSR principles because we know that this function not only commits us to our responsibility, but it also allows us to identify numerous opportunities for optimization throughout our value chain. Our approach takes into account all dimensions: local procurement, short distribution channels, more eco-efficient supply chains, and selection criteria for choosing our partners so we can eco-innovate together.
of local purchases in 2019
of our suppliers adhere to the CSR Charter in 2019
of our buyers trained in Sustainable Procurement
Local procurement, a key objective
In 2019, we achieved 96% local purchases, ahead of our 2022 target (>95%). Among our recent successes, at Verescence Covington (USA), the local cluster dynamic enabled the integration this year of 80% of the bare glass sorting business, while Sparta (USA) saw an increase in the internalization of the decorated bottle sorting activities within its scope. In terms of molds, the implementation of a need anticipation tool has resulted in an increase in the proportion of molds that we have been able to purchase locally. In 2019-2020, we thus met our goal: to create the shortest possible distribution channels.
A partnership to promote the establishment of one of our lacquer suppliers in the United States allowed us to source 98.3% of our decoration raw materials locally. The production of our decoration tools on 3D printers in the United States has made it possible to replace the majority of imports from Europe for this category.
Following a CSR training and awareness campaign for our key suppliers, we are very pleased to see that 97% of them are adhering to our charter.
First Supplier CSR Day 2019
Verescence organized its first Supplier CSR Day at Mers-les-Bains (France) on October 30, with the participation of more than 40 partner companies.
The goal: to involve all our suppliers in our sustainable development approach in order to contribute to the improvement of CSR performance throughout our value chain.
Our first CSR Day dedicated to local Tier 1 suppliers took place in the presence of 4 members of our Executive Committee and EcoVadis representatives. An opportunity to share our expectations and to talk about:
This day resulted in the elaboration of a multi-year action plan with our CSR1 suppliers and various Verescence departments. The next edition will take place in La Granja (Spain) in 2020.
partners referenced in the CSR1 panel (suppliers with a significant effect on Verescence's CSR impact)
partners took part in the first Supplier CSR Day in 2019
weighting of CSR criteria in the rating of our suppliers' audits
An increasingly demanding selection process
We have finalized a mapping incorporating CSR criteria, covering our entire supply ecosystem to better guide our choices. Since 2017, CSR has accounted for more than a quarter of our suppliers' audit ratings. In 2019, we extended CSR requirements to all our invitations to tender and specifications. In addition, the individual objectives of our buyers include CSR criteria. Verescence was invited to participate in the Smurfit Kappa day, allowing it to share a cross-sector benchmark, another source of inspiration in our quest for progress in sustainable procurement.
Focus on rare or controversial minerals
The finishing plants use gold for some types of decoration. Our plants have restricted the number of suppliers to two trusted companies. Their sources are certified and traced through official or CFSI declarations. Verescence maintains a “gold mapping” document that is used to trace the origin of the gold for all of the finishing plants In 2019, Verescence spoke at a conference, organized by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, on problematic materials and alternatives to be developed.