Guidelines for Suppliers

Guidelines for Preferred Suppliers in Connection with the Roll-Out of Xylem’s Sustainability Requirements

Xylem’s 2025 Supply Chain Sustainability Goals are the following:

  • Goal 1 Xylem will engage Preferred Suppliers in sustainability initiatives through an audit program and corrective action plans.
  • Goal 2 Preferred Suppliers will provide Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water usage via CDP’s Supply Chain Program.
  • Goal 3 Preferred Suppliers will disclose sustainability information via the EcoVadis platform.
  • Goal 4 Preferred Suppliers will sign the WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) for the Workplace Pledge.

Goals 1 to 4 are fully integrated with our Preferred Supplier Program and we will increase their specific weight inside that program until they become essential requirements to reach the Preferred Supplier Status in 2025. The Preferred Supplier Program is dynamic and we encourage all our suppliers to work towards the goal of becoming a Preferred Supplier and maintaining that status.

How can you fulfill the requirements of Goals 1 to 4?

Goal 1 Xylem will engage Preferred suppliers in sustainability initiatives through an audit program and corrective action plans.

Xylem will select suppliers for on-site sustainability audits based on sustainability risk assessments, including the supplier’s score on the EcoVadis platform (see Goal 3). There is no need for suppliers to do anything apart from preparing for the audit once selected. If you want to volunteer your company for a sustainability audit, talk to your Buyer or Category Manager. We will be glad to work together with you in this initiative.

Goal 2 Preferred Suppliers will provide Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions and water usage via CDP’s Supply Chain program.

Xylem expects suppliers to provide Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions and water usage annually via CDP’s Supply Chain program. We will run regular campaigns to encourage suppliers to actively join this initiative. If you are already providing this information via CDP, make sure you proactively communicate that fact to Xylem. This is an additional opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to Xylem’s Supply Chain Sustainability Goals.

Click here to learn more about disclosing through CDP.

Goal 3 Preferred suppliers will disclose sustainability information via the EcoVadis platform.

Xylem expects suppliers to complete the EcoVadis supplier questionnaire on an annual basis. If you are already disclosing sustainability information via EcoVadis, we will ask you to share your scorecard with us. This is an additional opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to Xylem’s Supply Chain Sustainability Goals.

Click here to learn about Xylem’s program with EcoVadis.

Goal 4 Preferred Suppliers will sign the WASH for the Workplace Pledge.

Xylem expects that our suppliers will follow our example and sign the WASH for the Workplace Pledge through the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. We will run regular campaigns to encourage suppliers to actively join this initiative. If you have already signed the WASH for the Workplace Pledge, make sure you proactively communicate that to us. This is an additional opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to Xylem’s Supply Chain Sustainability Goals.

Click here for more resources and details about joining the WASH for the Workplace Pledge.

Click here to read our Xylem Supplier Introduction. 

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