Societal responsibility: Engaging all our stakeholders to build a positive future for all
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asked to refer to the areas for improvement identified in the course of its assessment to put in place a corrective action plan, which will be reassessed during the ensuing campaign.
The Group has for the past five years been working with Collège des Bernardins, a key centre for gatherings and discussion, as part of its Digital Humanism department, dedicated to the societal aspects of digital technology. Thanks to its experience as a key economic player in the digital sector, the Group is able to enrich thinking and work with researchers, scientists, experts, anthropologists and major companies to share a fresh perspective on this crucial issue for the future of humankind. Responsible purchasing 3.4. Aligning the supply chain with corporate responsibility priorities According to the Group’s risk mapping exercise and the duty of vigilance, risks associated with the supply chain do not constitute a main risk factor for Sopra Steria. The relevant information is set out in Section 5.6 "Duty of vigilance and vigilance plan" of this chapter (pages 134 to 136). The responsible purchasing programme is aimed at aligning the supply chain with the Group’s priorities. The programme also seeks to manage associated risks while taking into account very strict labour-related, environmental and ethical requirements. The Group is working to gradually reduce carbon emissions from its supply chain under its target of achieving "net zero" emissions by 2028. It aims to do this by increasing the proportion of suppliers pursuing a low-carbon strategy so as to reduce the carbon footprint of the Group’s indirect activities. With effect from 2019, all Group entities now follow a responsible purchasing approach and are subject to Group purchasing procedures. Corporate responsibility criteria must be applied to all purchases; this approach has been strengthened through the introduction of Group oversight in 2020. Sopra Steria earned a score of A in CDP’s 2020 Supplier Engagement Leader rating for its leadership and performance in engaging its suppliers on climate change. Suppliers’ charter All suppliers must sign the Group suppliers’ charter to confirm that they agree to the principles set out in it. The charter includes requirements relating to business ethics, fundamental human and environmental rights, and compliance with regulations in force. Assessment mechanism Suppliers are assessed via the EcoVadis platform. The assessment takes into account a range of issues: social issues and human rights, business ethics, the environment and the supply chain. For suppliers with a score of 24/100 or less (overall and/or on the “Business ethics” module), an alert is triggered by EcoVadis. The supplier is then contacted by Sopra Steria’s Purchasing Department to put in place the necessary corrective actions and undergo a new EcoVadis assessment within a period of three months. Sopra Steria’s expectations for suppliers, as outlined in its responsible purchasing policy, call for an overall EcoVadis score greater than or equal to 45/100. If the overall score and/or the score on any one of the four modules (social issues and human rights, business ethics, environment, and supply chain) is less than 40/100, the supplier is considered non-compliant. In this case, the supplier is ' (%$#( ! %*' ( # %$! .
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Signature of the suppliers’ charter In France, the system for signing suppliers up to the Groupe p suppliers' charter was expanded. The charter has been signed by 1,308 suppliers, accounting for 35.5% of all suppliers in France registered with the platform at 31 December 2020. In the United Kingdom, efforts to sign suppliers up to the charter p continued, with 539 target suppliers signed up, accounting for 46% of total purchases. EcoVadis assessment Since 2015, the Group has been committed to evaluating its suppliers and assessing its target suppliers representing annual expenditure of over €150K. In 2020, new assessment campaigns run by EcoVadis were extended, with the number of suppliers asked to take the assessment reaching 540, 145 of them outside France (United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Spain and India). These 540 suppliers accounted for more than 72% of the Group’s total expenditure in 2020 and suppliers actually evaluated already account for 43% of the Group’s expenditure. 327 suppliers underwent assessment by EcoVadis and 124 are in the process of being assessed. The assessment response rate is 83% (including suppliers in the process of being assessed). The average score for Sopra Steria suppliers having completed p the assessment was 56.5/100, compared with an average of 42.9/100 for all suppliers of EcoVadis clients. 67% of suppliers reassessed in 2020 showed an improvement, p gaining an average of 3 percentage points. The average score of suppliers not in line with Sopra Steria’s p expectations, assessed in 2019 via EcoVadis, showed improvement in 2020. No suppliers assessed or reassessed in 2020 scored less than the p alert threshold of 24/100. An awareness and training campaign covering the assessment p method used by the EcoVadis platform was delivered to all buyers and other key stakeholders in the supply chain in 2020. Ethical and inclusive purchasing In France, the Group uses services provided by sheltered p workshops and other organisations that specifically employ people with disabilities. The relevant information is set out in Section 2.2.3, “Diversity and equal opportunity”, of this chapter (pages 109 to 111). In the United Kingdom, initiatives are in place to open up access p to the Group’s supply chain for SMEs as well as women- and diverse-owned businesses. Reducing the environmental impact of the supply chain The Group’s commitments, approved by the Science Based p Targets initiative (SBTi), are aligned with the target of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to a maximum of 1.5°C. This commitment includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the supply chain. Sopra Steria also committed in 2020 to achieving "net zero" emissions by 2028. The relevant information is set out in Section 4.1.2, “Environmental targets”, of this chapter (page 122).