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The production chain: supplier responsibility and sustainability

No supply chain without shared rules

Control of the food supply chain is a critical concern. That is why 90% of Camst's purchases come from qualified vendors, 75% from certified companies and 97% from domestic production.

For both its catering area and its facility division, Camst has set criteria and procedures for the qualification and evaluation of its supply chain: procurement processes are based on pre-contractual and contractual relationships governed by full compliance with transparency and legality, with qualification and audit questionnaires to monitor conformity to regulatory requirements and company directives on aspects such as quality, workers’ rights and environmental standards. Camst requires its suppliers to formally accept its guiding ethical and social principles and its rules of conduct defined in its governance model and code of ethics.

At the Group level, for catering in particular, purchasing policies follow an approach based on the safeguarding of ecosystems and the protection of biodiversity. Our environmental focus is reflected in our choice of organic, fair trade and sustainably fished products, and purchases of protected denomination of origin and geographical indication foods.

90.4% of vendors in the catering division are qualified according to Camst's own requirements, while 74.6% are certified to voluntary standards in the areas of food safety (BRC, IFS, ISO 22000), the environment (ISO 14001, EMAS) and social issues (SA 8000). The proportion of qualified and certified vendors remains high in 2021, but the proportion of certified vendors - which was varied by the Covid-19 pandemic - has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

The supplier portal

The year 2021 saw the birth of our new vendor qualification portal, which aims to select and manage supplies in a more structured manner using the criteria of regulatory compliance, environmental protection, occupational health and safety, traceability, and so on.
This tool enables the timely exchange of information, the collection and keeping/updating of documents (certifications, data sheets and other specific documentation), as well as making the procurement process more efficient by coordinating all activities (tender, collection and evaluation of offers, selection) in an integrated manner. On the basis of the data in the system, the portal also enables better evaluation of vendors, in order to select those that not only comply with the requirements but also best meet the company's strategic choices. After an initial software selection phase in 2021, production is planned for 2022.

Towards a sustainable supply chain

Camst has embarked on yet another process, parallel to the creation of the portal: membership of Synesgy, a global digital platform created by the CRIF Group, that measures the maturity of each vendor in relation to ESG parameters (environmental, social and governance). Objective: to identify over time the most virtuous partners with whom to initiate strategic collaborations, sharing commitment and common goals.
Listen to the interview with Marco Preti, CEO of Cribis (CRIF Group company).

Links to local communities

One of the central aims of Camst’s purchasing policies is to benefit the local production system and economy. The Group participates in many local programmes, both in Italy and in the other countries where it operates, by purchasing environmentally and socially sustainable products.
Almost all the parent company's suppliers are Italian, a choice guided by policies which also favour purchases directly from producers, encouraging and supporting the local economy.

The parent company Camst participates in Cooperare con Libera Terra, an agency established to develop tools to support cooperatives operating on land confiscated from organised crime syndicates, inspired by the Libera association. To support the work of the Libera cooperatives, Camst also uses Libera Terra food products for corporate events where free food products are distributed to employees.
Our commitment to communities and the territory goes beyond the parent company itself to involve our subsidiaries outside Italy: Arcasa (Spain) collaborates with the Gardeniers centre dedicated to ecological agriculture within the framework of the Programme for the Promotion of Local and Sustainable Consumption; L&D (Germany) favours partnerships with regional suppliers through the use of short supply chain products and has included the measurement of the CO2 footprint as a factor in selecting its vendors; Cheval Blanc (Denmark) has adopted a no-flight policy in the purchase of raw materials, which aims to source all basic ingredients from local companies that have locally grown products, avoiding long transport distances and saving energy.

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