From the MVO Nederland Maritime Network, several top Dutch maritime companies joined forces to make procurement more sustainable. The role of procurement in the maritime sector is ever-evolving. The expected lifetime of a product is becoming shorter, while supply chains are becoming less transparent. With the increasing globalisation of business the need has arisen to look beyond cost-saving measurements. Over 80% of CPO’s recognise sustainable procurement as a trend. Key is to generate sustained profitability, economically, socially and environmentally. Boskalis, Heerema Marine Contractors, Royal IHC, Peterson, 8020 Procurement and Theunissen Technical Trading collaborated to get to grips with this trend by creating a tool for sustainable procurement, the BlueScan.
DIFFERENT VIEWS, DIFFERENT PROCUREMENT STRATEGIES
Parties in the maritime sector currently mainly act solitary when it comes to embedding sustainability in procurement processes, often leading to different interpretations and implementations of sustainability. Health and safety is often included in sustainable procurement, but are procurement officers aware of issues like bonded labour, supply of living wages or water consumption by their suppliers? Is it sufficient to ask a supplier to sign a code of conduct? Advanced levels of CSR, i.e. full integration of sustainability improvements in management systems, is rarely seen.
BRIDGING THE GAP IN SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
By aligning methods and collaborating through this platform the companies involved lift their sustainable procurement processes to a higher level. This creates unity and clarity for all parties concerning sustainability expectations and process implementation. Extensive adoption in the Dutch maritime sector will create world wide ripple effects throughout the entire maritime value chain.
ONE STANDARD, ONE AUDIT
The tool enables information sharing amongst the maritime network partners. This means that suppliers only need to adhere to one standard and will receive only one audit request. The tool is embedded in a project framework that prescribes procurement process requirements to ensure a high audit or evaluation standard. This leads to efficiency gains. The project offers access to a well-founded sustainability method and a concrete incentive for sustainable choices in products and services for maritime suppliers worldwide.
BlueScan on the GSES platform
CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland) & the Founding Fathers of the BlueScan requested the National Sustainability Institute to secure the validation proces of the maritime BlueScan. Also the BlueScan procurement tool is integrated in the online GSES platform!
How it works:
Invite suppliers for CSR assessment via platform
FILL IN ASSESSMENT
Suppliers fill in the CSR assessment, add supporting documents, explanations and evidence
Review and score CRS assessment
Publish the assessment scores on the CRS dashboard. The CRS dashboard is available for all participants
After filling in the assessment the supplier can request a document validation or an external audit. All document validations and external audits are third party assessed by licensed validation bodies (internal audit/ document validation) & certification bodies (external audit/ onsite audit). All assessments on the GSES platform, also the BlueScan can be validated and certified in 77 countries worldwide! Check out our validation & certification partners on the “about us” page.