Requirements on suppliers

The Volvo Group imposes requirements on suppliers regarding environmental standards, business ethics and social performance. These requirements are based on the principles in the Volvo Group’s Code of Conduct.

All suppliers are requested to appoint a senior executive in their organization, who is the contact person for the Volvo Group. They are also responsible for deploying the same requirements on their own suppliers.

The Volvo Group imposes requirements on suppliers regarding environmental standards, business ethics and social performance. These requirements are based on the principles in the Volvo Group’s Code of Conduct.

The requirements and information about the evaluation process and the Volvo Group’s Code of Conduct are available on the Volvo Supplier Portal website.

Regarding environmental standards, in most cases the Volvo Group requires suppliers to be certified by a third-party environmental management system (ISO 14001) and be compliant with the Volvo Group’s position on hazardous substances and continuous improvement.

During 2011 the Volvo Group’s environmental requirements were reviewed and updated to comply with the European Union’s new legislation on chemicals, REACH.

During 2011 the Volvo Group’s environmental requirements were reviewed and updated to comply with the European Union’s new legislation on chemicals, REACH.

CSR supply chain network

Each purchasing organization within the Group is represented in the CSR Supply Chain Network. The representatives are responsible for implementing the procedures and ensuring the requirements are applied in their organization.

Each purchasing organization within the Group is represented in the CSR Supply Chain Network.

The network is coordinated by a purchasing representative who reports to the Volvo Group CSR and Sustainability Committee as well as to a decision-making forum with the purchasing organization.

In order to support implementation, purchasers have been provided with information and training material, including e-learning on general CSR issues.