BT is the first business in the telecoms sector – and the second overall – to achieve a 100% score in the CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI).
The telecoms company achieved a perfect score across the economic, environmental and social pillars, which are used to benchmark businesses on their commitment to responsible procurement. It will hold this accreditation for one year.
The index was launched in 2013 by CIPS and powered by PRGX, an audit services provider, to accurately measure the sustainability practices of suppliers, with the aim of reducing internal buyer processes by providing supply chain visibility to buyers and enabling suppliers to demonstrate industry-approved levels. Businesses that take part are guided and supported in how to improve.
This is the third year that BT has been scored. It joined in 2015 after being invited by one of its customers, EDF Energy.
“BT has been a high performer since it started,” said Paul Fagg, product manager at PRGX. “But this year it has taken it to the maximum score.” Already at 100% on economic and environmental, the company’s social score also reached 100%, he said. This pillar looks at policy statements, codes of conduct, and staff processes such as employment training, working environments and activity around preventing modern slavery.
BT is registered on the system as a supplier and since joining has encouraged a number of its suppliers to sign up to the index.
“Customers and investors are placing ever greater emphasis on CSR, so external validation of our sustainability credentials is a great selling point,” said Hari Sundaresan, BT's chief procurement officer. “As one of the UK's largest energy users, BT has an important role to play in crating a low-carbon future.”
Earlier the year, biochemical instrumentation firm VWR became the first business to achieve a perfect CSI score. It is currently in the renewal process.
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