Collaboration with our suppliers is a very important part of our sustainability work. We attach great importance to selecting the right partners and regularly evaluating our suppliers. It is crucial for us to work with committed partners who share our target image. Good cooperation is essential to achieving our sustainability goals.
DB Schenker is a member of the UN Global Compact, whose ten principles are based on the UN Declaration on Human Rights, the ILO's basic conventions on human rights in working life and the UN Convention on Corruption. The ten principles form the basis of DB Schenker's Code of Conduct, which is binding and must be followed by all our partners.
In Sweden, through our collaboration with BTF (Bilspeditions Transportörförening), we have a unique collaboration with about 150 transporters in our domestic operations and our close cooperation has been going on for over 60 years. Our collaboration means, among other things, about 130 annual meetings with representatives from different parts of our business where different issues are handled to ensure our customer promise.
Supplier evaluation of new haulage companies
Before a carrier is allowed to drive goods for us, a thorough check is made where we make sure that all important documentation (Safety Declaration AEO, F-tax certificate, insurance, registration certificate, traffic permit and the confirmation of responsibility) is in place. In addition, a check is also made against the UN sanctions list.
Continuous supplier evaluation
The dialogue with our carriers is very close and several meetings are held every year to discuss operational, tactical and strategic issues. Each year we also carry out the following ongoing checks:
- Chek of tax permit (F-skattebevis)
- Check of operating permit
- Central supplier assessment. (The assessment is based on the hauliers’ responses to two questionnaires sent out at the start of the year)
- Speed measurements. (Speed measurements are conducted annually. The results are documented and communicated to the concerned hauliers, and action plans are requested and followed up)
- Local follow-up meetings (Local meetings are held for the district, at which our staff, together with the hauliers, discuss quality, the environment, the work environment and more)
- Audits. (Supplier audits are conducted according to a five-year plan. Audits check compliance with the Transport Contractor Agreement, as well as a number of points in a specific checklist. Discussions are held with the haulier regarding status and scope for improvement)
Our cross-border transport solutions are conducted by 50 hauliers. Through our joint agreement, we work structured to deliver what we promise to the customer. We place high demands on ourselves and on our suppliers. This means, among other things, that before we hire a new carrier, all permits, and insurance are checked. We also conduct annual supplier follow-ups to ensure our customer promise.
Sea and air transport
Ocean and Air carriers often work in many parts of the world and are therefore evaluated by our central purchasing department at our headquarters in Germany. Each year, our subcontractors participate in a comprehensive evaluation based on which we select a number of key suppliers, so-called Preferred Carriers. All Preferred Carriers must meet the following basic requirements:
- Sign the DB Schenker Code of Conduct
- Commitment and willingness to create strategic long-term relationships
- Well-established points of contact for employees at all levels of the organisations
- Low risk of capacity problems
- Guaranteed space capacity
- Successful environmental work
- Good communication, quick decision-making and short decision paths
- Global coverage to meet all our customers’ needs