6 July 2011 | Adam Leach
Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of
T-Mobile, has teamed up with competitors France Telecom-Orange and
Telecom Italia to increase the number of supplier audits.
three companies entered into a Joint Auditing Cooperation (JAC), which enabled
them to audit 18 shared suppliers in 2010. This pushed Deutsche Telekom’s total
number of supplier audits to 24 compared with a previous yearly average of
between four and six vendors.
Telekom’s 2010/2011 Corporate Responsibilityreport revealed that through the JAC the companies plan to conduct
34 social audits of shared suppliers. A total of 18 audits were done last year
and the remaining 16 are scheduled for 2011.
The companies are also developing standardised social and
environmental criteria, which all suppliers must meet.
Deutsche Telekom failed to meet its target of 50
audits in 2010, it has reiterated its aim of appraising 200 suppliers
between 2010 and 2012, both through the JAC and independent checks.
company’s social audit process, which is focused on suppliers in Asia, a
general risk assessment, evaluation of self-assessment forms and a meeting is conducted
with each supplier. High-risk suppliers are then identified and earmarked for a
full audit by an external audit firm. The partnership will shortly include
audits of high-risk providers in Latin America.
The report said: “This
collaboration is unique in the industry. The companies agreed to engage in a
joint procedure to improve the sustainability of their supply chains in Asia.
In October 2010, this decision resulted in a binding agreement, the JAC. We are
planning to expand our cooperation with France Telecom-Orange
Italia. Our next step will be to develop joint measures as part of JAC to
improve supply chain transparency in 2011.”