The SEA Group considers its suppliers as integral parts of the sustainability process.

When selecting its partners, SEA Group – in addition to considering the qualitative and financial aspects of suppliers and compliance with regulatory obligations (including correct payment of contributions to employees) – also considers the sustainability aspects of suppliers.

To this end, the Suppliers List active since May 2011 requires specific information and assessments on suppliers’ sustainability management methods. In particular, regarding: Environment, Safety, Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Environment
    Any environmental management system certifications of potential suppliers are evaluated , in addition to product environmental certification  and  any internal management of environmental issues, as well as the manner for selecting its suppliers in accordance with environmental characteristics.  Contractors/Operators who enter into agreements with SEA are required to comply with the "ECOLOGICAL-ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA FOR SEA SUPPLIERS", which is an integral part of the agreement.

  • Safety 
    The level of attention and management of safety profiles through the Workplace Health and Safety Management System are analysed, in addition to the presence or otherwise within the company of a Prevention and Protection Service, the presence of a Safety Officer,  whether at least once over the last three years the INAIL rate has reduced, the number of accidents reported over the last three years, the introduction of a safety training program and the verification of understanding after each training event.

  • Corporate social responsibility 
    Suppliers are requested to describe any company initiatives to develop a socially responsible approach to planning and management of business, in order to ensure that SEA may form a supply chain which contributes to achieve sustainable development. In addition, particular attention is placed on the profile level regarding the organizational model as per Legislative Decree 231/2001, in addition to the adoption of an internal Ethics Code by the supplier.

  • Building sustainability

    In addition to general standards, an ongoing evolution in this area is increasingly requiring design and construction to comply with sustainable architecture criteria. Environmentally sustainable architecture may be described as the activity of building architectural works in harmony with the involved natural systems, characterized not only by scientifically quantifiable objective elements, but also by energy factors consistent with the challenges currently existing in this field.
    Building according to bioconstruction criteria means acting more and more in tune with the environment, respecting site history and local traditions, and using native materials both for the structural parts of buildings and for their internal and/or external finishes.
    This is why SEA considers environmental management according to a system that is consistent in all respects as a corporate priority. Advanced technologies are used for the protection of environmental resources, both to save these resources and to reduce emissions in the air, soil and water, and activities are constantly monitored to ensure maximum plant efficiency.

Selection of suppliers

Selection procedures for suppliers depend on the typol¬ogy of contracts and to their inclusion within one of the following macro-categories:

  • Public tender contracts, awarded following the publication of a tender notice
    Selection of competitors is based on specific criteria, in addition to economic, financial and technical capabilities of the applicant, in compliance with Legislative Decree 163/2006 or sector regulations, in addition to the principles of competition and transparency.
  • Contracts which, based on their value or, as relating to specific services, are considered according to a specific “best offer” sub-threshold procedure
    Internal procedures provide for the application of at least five suppliers, among those included in the Suppliers’ Register in compliance with the principle of rotation and considering their characteristics in line with the offer. In addition, for works exceeding the amount of Euro 3 million and for certain service categories of an amount greater than the EU average, the procedure requires the publication on the institutional website of a notice requesting a manifestation of interest.