The relationship with suppliers is based on the criteria of legality, fairness, transparency and good faith, as indicated in the Code of Ethics, a document that has an essential role in the conclusion of contracts with which all suppliers must acknowledge and comply with.
Autostrade per l'Italia's main suppliers are product and service companies, road infrastructure construction and maintenance companies, engineering and architecture companies,
electronic, electro-technical and IT operators, telecommunications operators and logistics companies. All suppliers, while also answering for any authorised subcontractors, are required to comply with the ethical and behavioural principles of the Code of Ethics and conduct of the Group, and to agree to comply with the social and
environmental requirements, for example, on the protection of health and safety in the workplace, and the methods of waste disposal and processing. To verify that suppliers comply with the sustainability-related commitments, special audits and training initiatives are carried out in their respect.
Extending the principles of sustainability to the Supply Chain ensures customers, communities, workers and institutions will find a high level of attention to their needs inall activities carried out across the motorway network.
Transparency in allocating procurement contracts is merely a step in the process with which Autostrade per l'Italia verifies the quality of its own Supply Chain, as shown by:
- Autostrade per l'Italia actively promotes sustainability values. During selection processes of its suppliers it examines not only economic-financial, technical and organisational aspects of potential partners but also their performance in terms of sustainability. It requires, for example, information and documentation illustrating sustainability strategies and activities (such as Sustainability Report, Environmental Report, adoption of sustainability strategies, processes and/or product certifications, implementation of initiatives aimed at the development of a socially responsible approach to the planning and management of the business).
- The definition of advanced multi-stakeholder involvement systems: Permanent table for worksite safety with contractors for the main road works, mayors of municipalities, NHS, trade unions etc., coordination and cooperation with suppliers and contractors for the drafting and updating of risk assessment documents from interference, and so forth.
- Opening of direct communication channels to receive reports on behaviour that is not compliant with the Code of Ethics, as well as information requests on what this requires (Ethics officer, email email@example.com)