CSR performance of French and European companies

Sylvain Guyoton, senior vice-president of EcoVadis and Pierre Pelouzet, business mediator, present the results of the 4th edition of the study “CSR performance of French and European companies-comparison of OECD and BRICS”.

Based on more than 80,000 anonymous CSR assessments between 2015 and 2020 from approximately 50,000 companies worldwide, the study confirms the 3rd position of French companies in terms of CSR management as well their growing commitment to sustainability. responsible purchasing.

The fourth edition of Business Mediator-EcoVadis study “CSR performance of French and European companies-OECD and BRICS comparison” makes it possible to take lessons from six years of CSR assessments of companies of all sizes (2015-2020) but to also statistically observe changes in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, compared in 2019. This study is based on the statistical analysis of unknown CSR evaluation scores roughly 50,000 businesses. The data collected does not make it possible to observe the effects of the Covid crisis on the state of the customer-supplier relationship. Trends are really stable between 2019 and 2020. Having the EcoVadis Index 2022 dataset will make it possible to compare companies ’behavior in 2020 and 2021 to determine any impact on customer-supplier relationships during the health crisis. and economics.

French companies are consolidating their position on the global CSR podium

In recent years, France has improved its ranking to reach the world podium in 3rd place in 2019. The 2020 results confirmed this third place, neck and neck among companies based in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and this is new, in Italy.

At the global level, in the entire European Union/OECD/BRICS sample, French companies of all sizes are just behind Finland (1st) and Sweden (2nd). Germany (15th), France’s leading trading partner, is just below the OECD average level (14th). The United States is further behind in 25th place. The BRICS finish the ranking despite improvements in their averages.

French companies also hold first place in the world, and a fortiori in Europe, on the theme of social and human rights issues. They are also inside top 3 of the best performances 2020 observed on responsible purchasing practices.

France’s overall score of 54.3/100 qualifies as an “appropriate” level according to the EcoVadis scale. This is higher than the overall average of the EU (52.5) ​​and OECD (51) and for all company sizes. The CSR scores of large companies in France (58) and SMEs/ETI (53.7) were higher than the EU scores, at 52.8 and 52.5 respectively.

From 2015 to 2020, France is experiencing one of the best developments in the European Union, behind 4 countries actively chasing: Italy (53.6), Belgium (52.9), Spain (52.9) and Germany (50.4). As in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, Increases in France can be seen both in large companies and in those with less than 1,000 employees.

This study once again demonstrates the significant commitment of French companies in the field of CSR. Buying from a French company is buying world-class level CSR, it is buying responsibly. It is important to consider responsible purchasing criteria because, although this aspect of economic relations has not been much highlighted, France still leads in this area. So there is always room for improvement.

Pierre PELOUZET, business intermediary

European companies, the most advanced in responsible purchasing

The breakdown by country within the European Union shows that the growing proportion of “locomotive” companies have already reached “exemplary” performance levels (65/100), i.e., in all themes ( environment, social and human rights, ethics and responsible purchasing), or on social and environmental issues. Thus, 19% of companies in the European Union surveyed in 2020 have an ideal level for environmental issues and 21% for social issues, 13% worldwide. In France, these “locomotive” companies already represent 19% of the total, with a positive impact. They are indeed better able to attract others.

France plays a leading role in the issue of responsible buying. It thus has the added advantage for adopting a directive on the duty of oversight of environmental and human rights issues in value chains. The goal? Show that an economic model is possible in Europe, based on a responsible transformation of companies at the level of their networks and partners.

In terms of responsible buying, among the three major regions of the world studied, the European Union is clearly ahead with 42.4 points in 2020 … although this mark remains very low in view of the challenges. European countries also account for the highest rate of “locomotic” companies per country, mainly made up of large companies. These results reflect the advanced regulatory developments taking place in the supply chain due to hard work and the importance of responsible procurement leverage, for both public and private actors..

Points Responsible Purchasing sa Responsible Purchase of the National Course

A company does not become a champion in responsible buying overnight: the notion of travel is more relevant, as it highlights the need for continuous effort. This idea of ​​an approach that takes over time, in stages, is certainly inspired by the new National Responsible Purchasing Journey co-piloted by Business intermediaries and the National Purchasing Council (CNA). Supported by public authorities, this course is supported by the ISO 20400 standard and aims to support organizations committed to it.

The signatories to the new charter Supplier Relationships at Responsible Purchasing are therefore encouraged to commit to a process leading to the acquisition of the “Responsible Supplier Relationship and Purchasing” (RFAR) Label. The goal is to guarantees “positive impact” purchases, as defined by the ISO 20400 orientation standard: “purchases whose environmental, social and economic impacts are as positive as possible throughout the life cycle ».

These results reflect the very positive dynamics with which French companies interact. Their efforts on CSR themes are long -term, French companies manage their CSR issues in a more organized way. In terms of responsible buying, among the three major regions of the world studied, the European Union is clearly ahead in 2020 … although there is still much progress to be made, French and European companies continue to showing their leadership on this topic which will be the subject of a directive in Europe in 2022.

Sylvain GUYOTON, senior vice-president of research at EcoVadis.

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