Sanofi works closely with its suppliers and is committed to selecting goods and services that are produced and provided in compliance with demanding environmental, social, and ethical standards which are set out in the Sanofi Suppliers' Code of Conduct. Social responsibility is promoted in the sourcing and utilization of materials and services.
Sanofi's procurement teams are expected to meet the standards set out in the Supplier Relationships Charter, which builds on the Sanofi Code of Ethics in their commercial relationships with suppliers and governs issues related to invitations, gifts, meetings and correspondence. Sanofi is committed to carefully monitoring the quality of raw material and the practices of our suppliers.
Supplier assessmentWe have developed an innovative supplier risk management model based upon risk mapping procurement category and risk exposure mapping per country. To make this approach more efficient for both Sanofi and our suppliers, we joined the Together for Sustainability initiative in 2016. This initiative gives us access to a large platform of supplier assessments (ECOVADIS). These assessments enable us to obtain a quick large scale sustainability overview of our overall risky suppliers’ portfolio.
We are also an active member of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative through two major programs: Supplier Shared Audit and Supplier Performance Improvement. PSCI is currently focused on the pharmaceutical supply chain.
We believe that being part of these collaborative initiatives will improve our capability, along with our suppliers, to uphold our CSR commitments.
Supplier diversitySanofi is engaged to promote supplier diversity as showcased by the numerous initiatives worldwide upholding the development of regional and local territories, the establishment of well-balanced partnerships with small and medium sized suppliers, and the enforcement of ethical and CSR best practices.
In France, Sanofi engages with Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
In France, we ratified the national “Charter of intercompany relations between large contractors and small/medium-sized enterprises (VSE-SMEs).” This charter sets out the commitments for responsible purchasing and aims to build mutual trust and promote innovation between suppliers and customers.
In the U.S., we aim at promoting a supplier base that mirrors our patient base
The Supplier Diversity Initiative was created to develop mutually profitable business relationships within the communities we live and serve, while promoting continued innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, creating value for our business. It is reflective of our workforce, patients, customers and supplier base. Economic inclusion and job creation within diverse groups will lead to better access to medicine and improvements in healthcare.
MediationWe, at Sanofi Procurement, are committed to doing everything possible so that the relationships with our suppliers are governed by mutual trust while respecting our respective rights and obligations.
In order to formalize this commitment, Sanofi has placed an Internal Mediation role outside the Procurement organization. Suppliers may apply for Internal Mediation as a last recourse after having exhausted all other means to solve the difficulties that have been encountered during the business relationships with Sanofi.
The Mediation key tasks are to:
- Facilitate the coming together of the parties with neutrality, impartiality, and confidentiality to help them identify a solution
- Defend the agreement and not the parties. In this respect, the Mediator is neither judge nor arbitrator and does not give an opinion on the outcome of the dispute
- Relay internally the problems that are raised and the solutions provided as part of an approach for continuous improvement The Internal Mediation process undertakes to respond within a maximum period of one month from the date of receipt of the request.