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Promoting a sustainable and shared-value relationship with our suppliers

To encourage its suppliers’ social and environmental practices around the world, Rexel has committed itself to assessing the sustainable performance of 80% of its purchase volume (in value) by 2020.

In compliance with its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, and considering the social and environmental issues associated with manufacturing electrical equipment, Rexel wants to work with responsible suppliers. To this end, it assesses their sustainable development performance and encourages them to adopt sustainable policies.

The Ethics Guide

The Group requires all its suppliers and subcontractors to comply with the principles of its Ethics Guide and with the contractual provisions applicable to all the Group’s subsidiaries concerning their relationships with their suppliers. These provisions specifically mention the respect of local and international rules, as well as the obligation to comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Labor Conventions. These provisions also include obligations to comply with environmental regulations concerning products and associated information, as well as provider operations.


The percentage of the Group’s direct purchase volume (in value) that Rexel aims to assess by 2020 via the EcoVadis platform.

In 2018, Rexel continued the assessment of its suppliers’ environmental and social practices launched with EcoVadis in 2013. This platform relies on a structured questionnaire, which is shared with other corporate customers of the same suppliers, requesting justified responses. Renewed every two years, this assessment is based on 21 criteria focusing on four themes: environment, social, ethics, and supply chain. By the end of 2018, 54% of the Group’s direct purchase volume (in value) had been assessed. The goal is to reach 80% by 2020. Rexel has established a constructive dialogue with its suppliers and encourages them to adopt responsible practices. It assists them in this process by suggesting improvement measures and by asking them to implement the appropriate policies if needed.

Within the supplier approval process, Rexel can also mandate independent third parties to conduct physical audits on suppliers’ sites in order to assess the application of its ethical principles and its social and environmental provisions. Suppliers who receive poor scores following these audits may not be approved.