Promoting responsible purchasing

To ensure consistent quality levels and performance worldwide, we require our partners to conform to rigorous standards and rules, including ethical, social and environmental principles, along with respect for human rights.

We support production activities at our global sites by placing a keen focus on supply chain management, particularly in terms of procuring facilities, equipment, and materials. Our central and local procurement teams manage the entire process, including site visits to suppliers’ factories, and shipping and customs activities. In selecting and evaluating suppliers, our buyers check a number of issues, both linked to the Group’s general policies (technical requirements, ethics, quality and HSE certifications) and any specific requirements (e.g. prior verification of the compliance of the materials to be used in LEED projects).

We also pay special attention to sub-contracts, as these can have significant social and environmental impacts on our supply chain. For this reason, they are subject to the same rules that apply to our direct workforce and activities throughout the world.

In all supply contracts, we require suppliers and sub-contractors to comply with the principles of Salini Impregilo’s Code of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Model. Special contract termination clauses apply if the supplier acts in direct opposition to the provisions of the Code and of the Model.

We assess all major and strategic suppliers, both before and during the execution of contracts. Through our in-house performance evaluation system, we then determine whether suppliers will be confirmed or denied any further business with the Group.


Supporting and monitoring suppliers

Training hours provided to subcontractors’ employees

The Group provides a range of strategic support for suppliers and sub-contractors, to help ensure satisfactory performance in quality, health, safety, and environmental matters.

Sharing our knowledge and skills with local suppliers and sub-contractors allows us to develop strong partnerships and to support their growth and their technical development. We regularly provide tailored training activities, particularly for sub-contractors’ personnel. In 2015, we delivered over 91,000 training hours on quality, environment, health, and safety issues.

In addition, our site-based Quality and HSE departments regularly monitor sub-contractors to help ensure that they adopt the same quality and health and safety standards that we expect from our  employees. In 2015, over 4,000 formal meetings were held with subcontractors on these issues and, also thanks to this awareness raising activities, their Injury Rate (IR) [1] improved of about 33%, passing from 0.89 in 2014 to 0.60 in 2015.

The Group also periodically checks the compliance of sub-contractors and service providers with regard to legal obligations related to wages, social security, and insurance for workers employed at our sites.

As with our direct workforce, sub-contractors are eligible to use our on-site grievance procedures to report their concerns and suggestions to the management. 


[1] IR represents the number of injuries occurring per 100 employees, and it is calculated as a rate between the total number of injuries with prognosis longer than 3 days occurring in the period (fatalities included) and the total hours worked, multiplied by 200,000.