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A strong partnership
Swiss Post is fully committed to supporting sustainability. Together with our partners and suppliers, we assume our ecological and social responsibility in the supply chain too. We demand modern standards for the procurement of the necessary goods and services. That is why we prefer partners who build their corporate policy on a holistic approach. And we demand that our suppliers comply with the Swiss Post Code of Ethics and Social Responsibility (PDF, 157 KB). Among other things, they are required to respect human rights, the prohibition of child labour, adequate remuneration and ecological principles. We are certain that, together with our partners and suppliers, we can improve the sustainability of the supply chain considerably.
Identify and reduce specific risks
Swiss Post increasingly puts sustainable procurement into focus throughout the entire value chain in its sustainability strategy. In the future, social, ethical and ecological criteria will play an increasingly important role in procurement transactions. Unsustainable procurement involves risks along the entire value chain both for people and the environment as well as for Swiss Post. To identify such risks in good time, we assess each life cycle phase of high-volume goods and services for possible sources of risk of non-compliance with ecological or social standards. Working on such a basis, effective measures can be developed and implemented. These include the definition of sustainability criteria which can be incorporated into public service tender.
Fair uniforms for postal employees
Swiss Post is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation
In 2012, as Switzerland’s leading major corporation, Swiss Post signed the declaration for membership of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). By becoming a member of this global organization, Swiss Post is committed to the strict inspection and sustainable implementation of social standards at its clothing suppliers. Every year since 2014, Swiss Post has been one of only ten companies worldwide to be awarded Leader status by the FWF Foundation. Independent agencies confirmed that the roughly 200,000 items of clothing which Swiss Post sends out every year to its employees entitled to clothing are produced in fair conditions.
A good report for Swiss Post
The controls carried out by the FWF focus on socially responsible work conditions at production sites. Already at the end of 2015, 100% of Swiss Post’s purchase volumes for work clothes had been checked, including 67% by Swiss Post itself, 11% by ILO Betterwork, and 22% by FWF. Swiss Post performed very well: The work conditions on the production sites are good, the entire supply chain – from the material to the finished item of clothing – boasts full cost transparency and no complaints were reported to the FWF by workers in the factories of Swiss Post’s suppliers. Furthermore, Swiss Post has visited numerous suppliers on site and organised training courses for employees concerning their rights and the eight International Labour Organization (ILO) standards.
“A second lease of life for Swiss Post clothes”
Concrete examples of sustainability in procurement
For ecological and economic reasons, we replace our vehicles on a regular basis. In the area of procurement, we place great emphasis on environmental compatibility, alternative drive systems and state-of-the-art engine and exhaust emission control technology, thereby making our fleet of vehicles increasingly economical.
Biogas and hydrogen
Our entire fleet of gas-powered vehicles, including some 100 delivery vans, runs on certified biogas. As the leading public transport company in Switzerland, we are also testing five hydrogen-powered buses.
Swiss Post focuses on renewable energy sources. Since 2008 Swiss Post has obtained all of its electricity from renewable energy sources, and since 2013 from “naturemade basic” certified sources. Of this mix, 10% is high-quality, “naturemade star” certified green power produced by wind turbines on Mount Crosin in the Jura canton and from various farms, small businesses and small ecological hydroelectric power stations throughout Switzerland.
Swiss Post is committed to constructing buildings that consume very little energy. To this end, we comply with the Minergie standard as a minimum requirement while paying attention to the rational use of energy and the well-being of users.
Thanks to technological progress in the printing sector, annual energy savings of approximately 1.3 million kWh were made compared to the period with older devices, corresponding to around CHF 193,000. In this way, Swiss Post is making a significant contribution to environmental protection.