Promoting social and environmental sustainability


An electronic procurement policy, or e-procurement, has been in effect at Intesa Sanpaolo for some years, which ensures savings in several areas, allowing costs and materials to be optimised through a careful management of supplies.
This procedure is a model of sustainable consumption, as it makes it possible to eliminate warehouses and inventories.
In selecting our suppliers, we favour those who incorporate sustainability criteria in their daily practices.
The suppliers invited to a tender and who are eligible for the selection are given keys that enable them to access the e-sourcing portal where they can submit their bids. During the registration process, potential suppliers are required to state their acceptance of the Bank’s general conditions of procurement, declare their compliance with the principles laid down in the Code of Ethics and acknowledge the Organisation, Management and Control Model (Legislative Decree 231/2001) and the Group’s Internal Code of Conduct; actions or behaviour contrary to these principles may result in termination of the contract.
The requirement of compliance with the principles set out in our Code of Ethics and Environmental Policy is also part of our consolidated practice in our International Subsidiary Banks’ relationships with their suppliers.
When suppliers register on the e-sourcing portal as candidates, they not only have to read the corporate documents but also complete the “Suppliers Social Responsibility Policies Questionnaire”, which makes it possible to define the potential supplier’s “sustainability profile”. The information provided in the questionnaires will help to establish a “Social responsibility” rating which is an integral part of the broader project of the “suppliers rating system” mentioned above.
The responses received from suppliers who registered on the e-sourcing portal, about 1,700 in 2009, allowed us to group the following sustainability good practices which, in many cases, concern transversally the same company: 677 companies implemented a Quality Management System, 215 an Environmental Management System, 831 implemented a Health and Safety Management System and 343 satisfy the social responsibility requirements set out for SA 8000 certification.
The purchasing agreements signed by our suppliers include provisions that are inspired by the principles set out in the Intesa Sanpaolo Environmental Policy. Additionally, a commitment to support the protection and safeguarding of human rights is an integral part of the selection and contracting process.Promoting social and environmental sustainability
With regard to the purchase of certain categories of products, such as technological material (e.g. desktop PCs, servers and LCD monitors), eco-compatible criteria have been included in supply contracts among the other criteria to be met. The technical specifications, complete with these parameters, were used for a larger number of products in 2009 and attached to supply contracts.
Good social and environmental responsibility practices in relationships with suppliers are gradually spreading among the Group’s International Subsidiary Banks.
VUB Banka maintains long-term relationships with its suppliers, many of whom have ISO 14001 certifications, who adopt a responsible approach in their products and processes, using recycled materials in their production processes, saving energy through energy efficiency initiatives and reducing negative impacts on the environment.
Banca Intesa Beograd also favours suppliers who have ISO 14001 certification in their purchases of toner, paper and other products and CIB Bank includes the use of recycled material among its criteria for selecting suppliers. CIB Bank also adopts eco-compatibility criteria in the purchase of technological material.
With regard to internal training and awareness on the issue, in 2009, participation in high-profile courses and conferences on the integration of social and environmental responsibility in relationship with suppliers by the Bank’s personnel in charge of direct relationship with suppliers was also EmployeesShort supplyensured.
In 2009, the “Gusti Giusti” (“Right Tastes”) Programme, a food and canteen experiment in collaboration with the Slow Food Association and the CTO Hospital Maria Adelaide in Turin (and discussed in detail in the section on Employees), was fully implemented.
As the project, which revolves mainly around people health and wellbeing, progressed, the focus on the introduction of criteria for environmental protection through the procurement of products on the short supply chains, allowing a reduction of the number of interim stages versus the traditional supply chain, was maintained. All of this, accompanied by the qualitative and quantitative choice of the food produced and a more respectful attitude towards the earth and the environment.