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Promoting sustainable business models through responsible purchasing practices

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Ancillary companies and supplier network ​


The Group relies on the contribution of more than 6,000 businesses located in more than 16 countries throughout the world to carry out its own activities. These provide essential goods and services for Brembo’s industrial processes. 


Brembo pursues an international development strategy with a central focus on the local area and a commitment to create stable relations with local communities. This is proved by the high percentage of purchases received from local suppliers in the same country where the Brembo Group operates, equal to 87% of purchases. ​


 

 

Promoting sustainable business models through responsible purchasing practices​


For Brembo, supply chain management​ is a priority and is essential to ensuring responsible supplies, with a focus on environmental protection and the rights of workers and local communities. Over the years, the Group has established a structured supplier management process that seeks to promote the development of stable relations with its partners, as well as ensuring continuous innovation and improved quality and sustainability throughout the industry. 


This process is structured into three main phases: ​


 

1. ​Clear communication of the standards that Brembo expects from its business partners in terms of product and service quality, correct environmental management and proper working conditions. Furthermore, in this step suppliers are required to adopt the Supplier Code of Conduct which summarises the guidelines set out in the Group’s sustainability policy, the rules and principles that Brembo’s suppliers are required to uphold.


2. Assessment of suppliers’ capacity to meet technical specifications and requirements both during the qualification phase through the completion of a pre-assessment questionnaire (includes a CSR section, intended to assess aspects relating to safeguard workers’ rights, counter corruption and minimise the risks for the environment) and during the business relationship. 

In 2018, Brembo issued the Procedure for Managing CSR Audits, which defines the procedures for selecting suppliers involved in audits, the processes for managing third party-audits, related follow-ups and any corrective actions. The parameters for selecting suppliers involved in CSR audits are: the country of origin of the supplies, the turnover with the Brembo Group and the type of production process. Beginning from 2019, continuing with its campaigns of onsite audits, Brembo extended the use of the self-assessment questionnaire to increase the number of suppliers subject to assessment. The objective of the third-party audits and self-assessment questionnaire is to identify critical affecting areas such as: working conditions, related remuneration and working hours, health, safety and the environment. The Supplier is required, for each non-conformity reported, to develop corrective action plans, which are then monitored by Brembo using the same third-party assessment body. ​


3. Providing suppliers with support to continually improve their own performance and strengthen their ability to innovate. 

The Group promotes opportunities for supplier development, through collaborative initiatives that encourage direct discussion and the sharing of best practice.


 

Brembo Supplier Portal: a new area dedicated to Sustainability​​


In 2020 the Group expanded its use of the Brembo Supplier Portal, the online platform dedicated to information and document sharing between Brembo and its suppliers. In greater detail, the Portal was used to conduct a series of surveys for the first time this year, proving itself to be an excellent, flexible and effective tool that will also become a reference point for the future. The main surveys carried out in 2020 included: 

• the Engagement Survey “Materiality Matrix”; 

• the Engagement Survey “Conflict Minerals”; 

• the Covid-19 questionnaire. 

Given the versatility of the platform, the Purchases Office and the CSR Office have decided to create an area dedicated to sustainability that is available on the Portal home page to encourage effective communication, share best practices and develop greater awareness regarding issues of sustainability through further study of particular subjects (e.g. use of critical materials and sustainable materials). By way of example, a brochure providing detailed information about conflict minerals was shared via the portal. ​


 

 

 

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