Leading the way in ethics and compliance
As a major global provider of digital transformation solutions, Atos complies with increasingly stringent regulations governing fields such as anti-corruption, trade regulations and export controls, competition, human rights and anti-money laundering.
4 material issues have been identified:
- Corporate Governance
- Compliance and business ethics
- Supply chain
- Local impact and communities
“Our objective is to minimize risk within the supply chain through robust management of our key global strategic suppliers, including compliance with our corporate social responsibility criteria.”
Chief Procurement Officer, Atos
“From the way we manage contracts and monitor corporate social responsibility in the supply chain, to the way we develop new products and solutions, ethics is at the heart of the Atos business model”.
General Secretary, Atos
Reducing risks in the supply chain
In 2019, Atos enhanced its management of business partners to deliver greater insight into our value chain and minimize the risks of corruption.
We relaunched our Business Partners Policy in order to ensure that it has greater visibility and clarity. Information sessions about the policy were carried out by the Global Compliance Team for compliance officers and general counsels. With a supplier base of around 16,000 organizations, assessing accurately the level of risks of third parties is vital for mitigating corruption risks at Atos.
Beata Bauman, Global Procurement Process Manager, summarizes how Atos is embedding its CSR requirements at every stage of its procurement processes
What are the main challenges faced by Atos when it comes to procurement?
BB: As the basic structure of supply chains become increasingly complex, it is essential that Atos has a comprehensive overview of its vendors’ activities. Monitoring CSR is more and more a fundamental requirement from our clients, as well as a legal obligation in some jurisdictions. Our clients want to know the extent of our CSR commitments, all the way through our supply chain.
To assess the performance of our major suppliers, Atos works closely with an expert third party, EcoVadis. EcoVadis analyses suppliers using an evidence-based methodology to look at their performance in environment, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. This analysis provides Atos with valuable insights into its strategic suppliers’ CSR approach, including their strengths, their weaknesses and possible areas for improvement.
How does Atos embed its CSR criteria into every stage of its procurement processes?
BB: We have now extended our due diligence process to the sourcing phase of procurement. In 2019, Atos began rolling out a new set of CSR-related questions to suppliers who register for an online sourcing opportunity with us. The answers provided by the suppliers will help us to gain new information about a supplier’s CSR practices. This data will have a key part to play when we make decisions about entering into contracts with new suppliers.
The alert service will help us identify possible risks in the supply chain and mitigate them on a case-by-case basis.