The world’s most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, EcoVadis, has awarded GAC Norway its Gold standard, taking it another step along its continuing journey to sustainability.
To qualify, the company was assessed to evaluate 21 sustainability criteria across four core themes: Environment, Ethics, Labour & Human Rights and Sustainable Procurement.
It started – as so many things do – with a request from a customer, according to Head of People & Process, Alysha Pedersen.
“We were already considering working towards EcoVadis rating, when one of our top customers pulled the trigger to fire the starting pistol to go through the process,” she says.
“As a company, we had already put environmental, social and financial sustainability at the core of all our operations based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with ISO 45001 and Eco-Lighthouse certifications covering our work environment and health and safety for employees.”
Another impetus came in the form of the new Norwegian Transparency Act 2022 which requires companies to evaluate, report and make improvements related to human rights and working conditions in their supply chains. And according to national law, GAC Norway includes its work on gender diversity in the annual Board report.
The rating helps give customers peace of mind that GAC Norway documents and demonstrates the real steps it is taking.
Questions, questions, questions
Being awarded the Gold medal by EcoVadis is an extensive challenge, with 47 questions to be answered across the four key topics, most requiring documentation.
“We are very proud of our rating. We worked hard for it,” says Alysha.
GAC Norway is the second Group company to be awarded Gold standard, following GAC Bunker Fuels’ Dubai operation in October 2023.
GAC’s Group Group QHSSE Manager, Constantin Draghici, says: “The Gold Standard certification from EcoVadis serves as a beacon, guiding companies towards a future where sustainability, ethical business practices and corporate responsibility are not mere ideals but integral components of success.”
Silver status has also been granted to GAC Finland and Bronze to GAC Denmark, GAC Greece, GAC India, GAC Philippines, GAC Sweden and GAC UK.
More than 85,000 companies globally have been rated by EcoVadis. Its business sustainability ratings are based on international sustainability standards such as the Ten Principles of UN Global Compact, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards and the ISO 26000 standard. The ratings provide an evidenced-based analysis on performance and an actionable roadmap for continuous improvement.
The entire GAC Group is committed to those values, as evidenced in its Roadmap to Sustainability.
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