As part of their duty of care, major French groups have a criminal obligation to require their suppliers to comply with a purchasing due diligence plan. In this context, CEPOVETT Group audits 100% of its production sites. The company has chosen the SMETA-SEDEX standard and has carried out initial and renewal audits. Plants are now required to make progress on a number of social, governance and employee health issues.
The merit of this voluntary approach is that it brings together internal teams - design offices, purchasing and compliance departments, CSR departments - and stakeholders. The establishment of a trusted third party ensures maximum security and the continuous improvement of CEPOVETT Group's workshops. In addition to risk management, this approach to overall performance is part of an innovation approach that enables progress to be taken further and best practice to be shared between customers and suppliers.