Shortlisted as one of three finalists, Avery Dennison received the nomination for its recent introduction of a Sustainability Procurement Program, a collaborative evaluation platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for the company's global supply chain. The program rates suppliers in four key areas of activity: environmental, fair business, supply chain, and labor practice. The program's overall objective is to engage suppliers in a continuous improvement process related to sustainability.
To operate this Sustainability Procurement Program, Avery Dennison partnered with EcoVadis, a sustainability performance rating solutions provider. The platform delivers simple and reliable scorecards to monitor supplier best practices. A total of 21 internationally recognized sustainability criteria are reviewed and separated into four criteria themes: environment, social, ethics and supply chain.
Renae Kezar, senior director, global sustainability at Avery Dennison, says, "The Sustainability Procurement Program helps us to assess compliance and recognize high-performing suppliers. In addition, EcoVadis has provided a straightforward method for discussion with our suppliers on topics of social and environmental awareness. It is not only about a 'score,' but we have dialogue around waste, increasing recycled content, the different certification schemes, and how to work together to improve the industry."