Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment

 

The Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment takes the form of an online questionnaire on our click4suppliers easy supplier portal.

As an essential module in our supplier qualification process it serves three important purposes:

  • To communicate what sustainability at Siemens means and what our minimum requirements are in order to become a Siemens supplier

  • To give our suppliers a method of identifying risks and opportunities for improvement at an early stage in our cooperation

  • Based on the identified risks, to define corrective actions for mitigation as part of the Siemens supplier development framework

Process

Once the supplier qualification process has been initiated the supplier will receive an invitation to complete the Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment electronically in click4suppliers easy. The questions in the Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment check a selection of basic requirements as set out in our Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers.

Immediately upon finishing the Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment the result will be calculated by the click4suppliers easy system and displayed in the form of a traffic light.

  • Category 'green': The supplier has met and implemented the requirements in a sustainable manner and does not present a corporate responsibility risk.

  • Category 'yellow': The supplier shows minor deviations from the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers and presents a potential risk.

  • Category 'red': The supplier shows significant deviation from the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers and presents a severe potential risk.

The Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment remains valid for 3 years after completion. When the questionnaire becomes due for renewal, Siemens' supplier portal click4suppliers easy will automatically e-mail the supplier a new invitation to complete the questionnaire again. If discrepancies are identified in the questionnaire click4suppliers easy generates a corrective action plan that needs to be confirmed by the supplier.

Focus

The Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment follows a risk-based approach by focusing on suppliers whose main manufacturing base is located in non-OECD states. Nevertheless, if there is any suspicion of non-adherence to the Code of Conduct for Siemens Suppliers, the Corporate Responsibility Self Assessment can be executed regardless of the supplier's location.

Measures

While a green light indicates no sustainability risks, a yellow or red light indicates a potential sustainability risk and therefore requires action. Based on the identified discrepancies a corrective action plan will be created and automatically recorded in the supplier development framework. Each of the corrective actions also has a defined time frame (grace period) for implementation.

Suppliers are able to access click4suppliers easy and report on how implementation of the corrective actions is progressing. Once all corrective actions have been confirmed as implemented by the supplier, the mandated buyer can close the corrective action plan in click4suppliers easy.

Siemens may also initiate an external sustainability audit on the supplier's premises to ensure proper implementation of the corrective actions through an assessment by an independent sustainability auditor.

In the event of the required corrective actions not being achievable within the grace period in spite of assistance from specialists nominated by Siemens, whether due to lack of commitment or ability, Siemens will endeavor to resolve the problems in a meeting together with the supplier. If all efforts to develop the supplier remain unsuccessful, Siemens reserves the right to terminate the business relationship and phase out the supplier.