Purchasing policy

Purchasing policy

SEA Group considers its suppliers as an integral part of the sustainability process. 

Therefore, in selecting its partners, SEA Group – in addition to considering the qualitative and financial aspects of suppliers and compliance with regulatory obligations (including correct payment of contributions to employees) – considers also the sustainability aspects of suppliers.

To this end, Suppliers List active since May 2011 requires specific information and assessments on suppliers' sustainability management methods. In particular, regarding:


Any environmental management system certifications of potential suppliers are evaluated (such as UNI EN ISO 14001 or the EMAS registration), in addition to product environmental certification (ECOLABEL, FSC, PEFC, recycled plastic and other certifications), as are the means for internal management of environmental issues such as waste, packaging, use of materials with recycled or recyclable content, collection of recyclable materials for recycling, use of materials with low emissions or low energy consumption and the manner for selecting its suppliers in accordance with environmental characteristics.


Level of attention and management of safety profiles through the Workplace Health and Safety Management System (if certified in accordance with Legislative Decree 81/2008, under the UNI-INAIL guidelines or the OHSAS 18001 regulation) are analysed, in addition to the presence or otherwise within the company of a Prevention and Protection Service, the presence of a Safety Officer, who analyses the individual contracts/orders, whether at least once over the last three years the INAIL rate has reduced, the number of accidents reported over the last three years, the introduction of a safety training program and the verification of understanding after each training event. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Suppliers are requested to describe any company initiatives to develop a socially responsible approach to planning and management of business, in order to ensure that SEA may form a supply chain which contributes to achieve sustainable development. In addition, particular attention is placed on the profile level regarding the organizational model as per Legislative Decree 231/2001, in addition to the adoption of an internal Ethics Code by the supplier.

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