We understand sustainability as endeavoring to meet the needs of the current generation, but without compromising the opportunities open to future generations.
In addition to social progress and ecological balance, economic growth is also a mainstay of sustainable development.
With its four business areas, the ANDRITZ GROUP serves markets with long-term and sustained growth potentials. The Group's aim is to achieve market leadership in these markets and extend its current top position there. ANDRITZ intends to achieve this goal by offering the best technologies available on the market in each case and providing products and services that create sustained benefits for customers, society at large, and for the environment.
Compliance and ethically correct conduct form the basis of ANDRITZ’s business activities and are defined in the Code of Conduct and Ethics. The Code of Conduct and Ethics was revised in February 2019 is available in 13 languages: ANDRITZ Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
Operations by the Compliance group function are divided into a Compliance Committee, which is responsible for strategic planning of all activities, and an operational compliance function, which has substantive responsibility and legal experts with responsibility for specific regions and topics. The Group Compliance Officer coordinates between the committees and deals with the strategic planning of all activities.
In order to monitor the effectiveness of the compliance management system and further improve it, ANDRITZ undergoes regular certification: ISO 19600 certification for the compliance management system and ISO 37001 certification for anti-corruption management were provided for the first time in 2018 and are reviewed annually in a monitoring audit and every three years during re-certification. The regulations contain requirements for developing, implementing and maintaining a compliance management system as well as suitable measures to help protect against, track down and provide proof of corruption.
Compliance concerns every single ANDRITZ employee so all executives, staff and other groups that work for ANDRITZ share the values and principles laid down in the Code of Conduct and Ethics. Training has always been an important in conveying an understanding of all of the rules and regulations ever since compliance activities began in the company.
In procurement, ANDRITZ attaches great importance to qualification of sub-suppliers, who are scrutinized closely, not only in terms of quality, but also considering social and environmental aspects. The ANDRITZ GROUP buys the majority of its raw materials and other materials required in the regions where its own production sites are based. This means that ANDRITZ procures materials largely where production takes place. As a result, the company makes a significant contribution to local economic added value and to creating and retaining jobs. This policy also leads to shorter transport routes and reductions in CO2 emissions.
Supplier Compliance and Sustainability
In order to broaden the scope of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, a Supplier Code of Conduct was published in 2015, defining the minimum requirements for sub-suppliers collaborating with the ANDRITZ GROUP. The Code was revised 2019.
As part of a risk assessment process, suppliers must confirm and accept the content of the supplier code in writing in the supplier relationship management tool (SRM) as part of the qualification process. In addition, suppliers must complete a questionnaire that then provides a compliance rating according to a standardized evaluation. If the rating is too low, corrective actions are defined with the supplier concerned if necessary. This compliance questionnaire was also updated in October 2019.
Another step towards a better and more comprehensive assessment of suppliers in terms of sustainability and compliance is the appointment of auditors – two for the time being – who are operating in India and Asia. The local supply chain is reviewed in terms of human rights and fair working conditions,environmental responsibility, business integrity, export controls, and intellectual property rights in coordination with the Quality Group Function in these two regions; event-driven audits are triggered by defined risk parameters.
As a globally operating Group, ANDRITZ is subject to certain general and industry-specific risks. ANDRITZ has made it a priority to leverage measures of active risk management related to the nature of the industries and business transactions in which the company engages. A management steering committee focuses on the identification of major risks and the implementation of counter-measures if necessary.
The quality management system practiced at ANDRITZ is one of the core elements of our success in many areas. The definition of quality at ANDRITZ is not limited to the products, but extends to workplace safety and business process management through implementation of a Group-wide ERP/SAP system. The quality of suppliers is monitored as well. Continuous improvement and optimization in every key area is a core principle for ANDRITZ and integrated into the specific, continuous goal-setting processes.