The role of suppliers and contractors
Suppliers are more and more involved in Health and Safety initiatives in Snam
During 2021, the contractor accidents were 1, but unfortunately with fatal consequences
In 2021, 780 contractors signed contracts with Snam
Snam is increasingly committed to the dissemination of a culture aimed at promoting the health and safety of workers, a culture that has also led to the progressive promotion of these values to suppliers, increasing their awareness of the issue.
Snam supports suppliers with the sustainability process by sharing its know-how.
In order to accompany its suppliers throughout a continuous improvement process, Snam has chosen to make its know-how available through a network approach by means of a knowledge-sharing system. This approach helps to increase the company’s competitive advantage. Indeed, the systematic and structured exchange of information (via the Internet or other bi-directional models) represents an opportunity to transmit information in real time, improving administrative communication and facilitating the provision of training and information, which benefits corporate interests. In short, it helps to generate value for the company.
Contractor Safety Trophy
As it did with the Safety Trophy intended for all Snam employees, Snam instituted the “Contractor Safety Trophy”, an initiative carried out every year to better focus supplier attention on health and safety issues by evaluating their HSE performance with specific indicators (accident indices, near misses, evidence from audits or inspections,feedback on topics of interest).
The supplier portal
Suppliers and candidates get in touch with Snam mainly through the Portal where the documents, best practices, updates on the processes and procedures regulating qualification and procurement activities are available.
All suppliers registered to the Portal have a dedicated reserved area available, containing information involving them directly including: product sectors for which they are qualified, active contracts, performance in terms of workplace safety, notifications for invoicing the services provided.
The supplier portal is a tool that is constantly developing and growing: the new functionalities introduced year after year make it more efficient and stimulate how often it is used when interacting with Snam. In 2021 alone, more than 9,070 cumulated users registered on the portal (+25% compared to 2020), belonging to more than 3,365 suppliers (+47% compared to 2020). This year too, the portal was used to ensure constant and transparent communication with suppliers, who received a total of over 15,338 e-mails.
Snam suppliers in sustainability communities
Snam suppliers are part of and actively participate in the most important communities for the sustainability of industrial supply chains, guided by four main reasons:
- measure its own sustainability performance
- compare with industry benchmarks
- gain awareness of one's strengths and areas for improvement
- build a successful development path
This takes the form of participation in the Open-es platform and the CDP Supply Chain program.
Open-es ecosystem sustainability powered by Eni is a digital platform for the sustainable development of industrial supply chains, to involve companies engaged in the energy transition, in a common path of sharing. Snam suppliers participating in the ecosystem are over 27% of the suppliers registered, of which 217 are large companies and 538 are small and medium-sized one.
As regards the CDP Supply Chain program, launched in 2019, Snam continued with the involvement of a selection of its strategic suppliers. This participation stems from the awareness that the environmental impact of companies does not end within their borders, but also extends to suppliers and collaborators with whom a lasting partnership is established. In the last year, the Company has further expanded the scope of analysis, inviting the most significant suppliers in terms of procurement and the most strategic for the business to provide their data. The response rate to the questionnaire further increased compared to 2020, going from 60% to 74% (of the 130 invited, 99 suppliers participated in the questionnaire). In 2021, the score was further improved and reached the highest level A, recognizing the commitment to engagement with suppliers on issues related to reducing emissions and developing sustainable strategies
2018 initiatives: Snam met its suppliers in the Partners’ Day to debate on innovation growth and safety
Under the scope of the activities carried out with its stakeholders, at the Partners' Day held in November in Milan, Snam met more than 500 people, including suppliers, customers, employees, institutions, the financial community and the media. The Chairman of the Board, representatives of the institutions and businesses took part in the initiative, which was an opportunity to debate on innovation and growth.
Some of the issues dealt with during the discussions were social development policies in the local areas, the role of companies as drivers of growth, digital transformation and network security.
2017 initiatives: the "Safety and the environment in contracting activities " workshop in the Partners’ Day
For its 75th anniversary, Snam, within the scope of “Partners’ Day”, held on 9 November 2017 at the “Leonardo da Vinci” Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, brought partners and stakeholders (including suppliers) together in an in-depth dialogue on future scenarios in the world of energy.
After a plenary session where issues such as the importance of infrastructures, dialogue with the territories and the new uses of gas were addressed, an in-depth session was held - where nearly 500 people were divided up into working groups in order to discuss certain key issues, for example Safety and the environment in contracting activities (with the awarding of the 2017 Contractor Safety Trophy).
2016 initiatives: the "Environment and innovation, a challenge for everyone" workshop
In 2016 as well Snam met with its suppliers with the aim of creating a shared culture on fundamental issues, such as innovation, sustainability and business ethics.
During the meeting, in which more than 450 people took part, a great deal of attention was paid to the value of collaboration between the company and suppliers as a factor for development, the strategic importance of the sustainable supply chain, the theme of transparency and the fight against corruption.
Specific discussions then touched on more technical subjects, such as: the new procurement code; the environment and innovation (the best practices of foreign investees); innovative technologies in the oil and gas industry; the development of technologies to promote alternative uses of natural gas.
The event was recognised as a training credit by the Milan Order of Engineers.
2015 initiatives: the "Quality and transparency in the Company’s relationship with suppliers" workshop
Snam once again held its annual workshop for suppliers, giving it a chance to talk with its suppliers, consolidate quality standards throughout the supply chain and share its model of sustainable growth.
By means of training sessions, we discussed topics such as high-quality and transparent relations with suppliers, sustainability and shared value as a lever for responsible corporate growth, and the importance of quality, safety and environmental certification with regard to reputation and competitiveness. We focused, in particular,on workplace safety and the high standards of environmental protection to which the Group and its suppliers are asked
to adhere. Dedicated working groups tackled subjects like the Ethics and Integrity Agreement with suppliers, the subcontractor management system, the supplier qualification and assessment system, the eco-friendly and sustainable solutions for constructing and maintaining buildings and plants, enterprise risk management, and safety at Snam Rete Gas construction sites and Stogit and GNL Italia facilities.
Another working group was dedicated to presenting Italgas’s new model for managing construction site activity. Going forward, these initiatives represent the basis on which Snam will ensure quality, transparency and cooperation in its relationships with the supply chain – crucial elements for the growth of the Group as a whole and for the entire community.
02 May 2022 - 16:09 CEST