Transparency Check

 “Do you disclose your EcoVadis Premium Report to the public – or at least to your own employees?” If not, also the 3 pages chapter “LABOR PRACTICES & HUMAN RIGHTS (LAB)” remains a secret to the employees. Why would employers want to hide their report from their own employees?



Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Dear Luis Neves,

Employees are stakeholders in CSR of their Employers. says: “… Meeting the expectations of employees – Employees are a vital audience for reporting on sustainability, They are primary audience for presentation of the reporting as contributes to an increase in employee retention and loyalty which in turn impacts postively the workforce as a whole which ultimately leads to better performances. …”

In June 2013, the GeSI started to collaborate with EcoVadis:

Presently you are the chairman of the GeSI. In collaboration with members from major Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies and organisations around the globe, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a leading source of impartial information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT. Presently the GeSI represents around 40 of the world’s leading service providers and vendors.

My question to you: I think, EcoVadis members should disclose their EcoVadis Premium Reports at least to their Employees. Does the GeSI support that Idea?

It’s not theory. Some EcoVadis members already publish their EcoVadis Premium Reports even in the Internet:

Best regards,
Goetz Kluge


“Railsponsible” Sustainable Procurement with EcoVadis

“Railsponsible” is about responsible railways. Members today: Abellio, Alstom, Bombardier, DB (DB Arriva, DB Schenker), Knorr-Bremse, SNCF and SKF. (Where is Dutch Railways? I don’t see the founding member Nederlandse Spoorwegen aka “NedTrain” in the list.)

 In, EcoVadis advertises “Railsponsible” Sustainable Procurement with EcoVadis. shows how EcoVadis engages its members in getting more members. Excellent marketing.

 Railsponsible members ask their suppliers to join the EcoVadis bandwagon. I asked a Railsponsible member ( @Alstom
Do #Railsponsible members disclose their #EcoVadis Premium Report in the Internet – or at least to their employees?
I also asked Railsponsible directly using their contact form. I am curious how the “railsponsibly” members treat their own employees as stakeholders in the CSR of their employer.

Sweet Talk

Ferrero renews partnership with EcoVadis

Originally posted on Ferrero website

Ferrero and EcoVadis announced the renewal of their partnership to assess and improve supply chain sustainability performance over the next three years.
Ferrero recognizes that every stakeholder along the value chain has its respective responsibility – and all must work together towards the common objective of creating sustainable and responsible supply chains. The company is strongly committed to sustainability and is convinced that dedication from suppliers is key to achieving sustainable supply chains. […]

 You know KINDER® (from the old German brand “Kinderschokolade” = childrens’ chocolate), NUTELLA®, Tic Tac®. Those are brands from Ferrero Rocher. In 2013/2014 the Ferrero group with a headquarter in Italy and 24,836 employees used a total of 1,651,194 metric tons of agricultural raw materials and packaging raw materials. To advertise CSR obviously is important to them. They even have Too much and yet not enough. Disclosing their EcoVadis Premium Report to the public would be just fine. I asked them (

 2016-09-30: Question to “Do you consider to disclose your EcoVadis Premium Report to the public – or at least to your employees?”

Together for Sustainability
Together with Employees?

        The administration and the members of
        Together for Sustainability AISBL (TfS)
        Avenue Edmond van Nieuwenhuyse 4
        1160 Auderghem

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

The TfS members use the services of EcoVadis. The employees of your companies are key stakeholders in the CSR management of your company. Do you, as members of TfS and EcoVadis, disclose the EcoVadis Premium Reports to your employees?

How does the DFGE support Employees as CSR Stakeholders?

Dear Dr. Thomas Fleissner

Coming from the Technical University Munich, you founded the DFGE. That company helps suppliers to present their CSR management to EcoVadis.

Do you think that the employees of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis should be provided with a EcoVadis Premium Report in case their employer subscribed to an EcoVadis Premium plan and received “Silver” or “Gold” from EcoVadis?

Employees are key stakeholders in the CSR management of their employer. Is there any link to your web site where I find an explanation on how you support these stakeholders?

Mit besten Grüßen,
Götz Kluge


 No doubt, Huawei is a renown leader in protecting human rights. In China these are human rights in “Chinese coloration”: 中国特色的 = zhōngguó tèsè de. I lived and worked in China long enough to know well, what I am talking about.

 EcoVadis grows aggressively. They tweet: “How Sustainability Is Becoming A Competitive Advantage In China”. I guess that EcoVadis sees outstanding chances for its business to grow significantly in China and needs success stories from Chinese big players. EcoVadis is an independent company, but it surely is not independent from its business interests.

–> Questions to suppliers

Question to Suppliers

 EvoVadis reported that the following suppliers had turned to EcoVadis’ supplier sustainability ratings service:

  • Amcor,
  • Bombardier
  • Clarins,
  • Coca Cola Enterprises,
  • DuPont,
  • Eastman Chemical,
  • GlaxoSmithKline,
  • Huawei,
  • ING Bank,
  • Johnson & Johnson,
  • Merck,
  • Nokia,
  • PSA/Peugeot-Citroen,
  • Renault-Nissan,
  • Subway,
  • Verizon

 Question to these suppliers: Do you disclose your EcoVadis Premium Reports to the public – or at least your own employees?

Transparent and honest reporting is possible.