Management of supplier relations
The global procurement strategy rests on three pillars:
- the ambition to achieve economies of scale worldwide
- successfully managing a global supplier base
- employing efficient processes and a tried and tested infrastructure.
Because the transatlantic ties of the previous procurement organization GP&S were particularly strong in the area of processes and systems, the focus in 2008 is on creating new concepts and processes.
We employ a global, performance-oriented approach in our dealings with suppliers. The focus here is on the four value drivers of quality, technology, costs, and logistics. Conduct also plays an important role, whereby the pertinent guidelines are derived from our principles of social responsibility. It is therefore crucial that an open and continuous exchange takes place regarding goals, requirements, and the progress that has been made. Just as we are committed to integrity, we also expect our suppliers to behave in accordance with ethical standards.