BuyIn is dedicated to responsible sourcing for the Information and Telecommunications (ICT) Industry. With the potential to save up to 2.12 gigatons of CO2 across all business sectors per year by 2030, the ICT solutions are a key enabler for a greener and more efficient world. As the largest Procurement Alliance on the market, BuyIn leverages its scale and data to make this as efficient as possible.

As a member of the Joint Audit Cooperation (JAC), BuyIn, together with founding members Deutsche Telekom and Orange, ensure a responsible supply chain. The powerful global initiative counts 13 member operators in 12 countries and covers approximately 2.1 billion connections. JAC members cooperate beyond competition to ensure worldwide suppliers conform to corporate social responsibility (CSR) rules and regulations. So far, 230 Audits were executed, most of them with tier 1 and 2 suppliers. As of 2015, a stronger focus has been put on conducting more tier 3 supplier audits.

At BuyIn, our commitment is set on three major pillars. They are our commitment to responsible sourcing processes, our mandatory CSR clause and our Ethics Code of Conduct.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Beyond ensuring a responsible sourcing process, BuyIn walks the talk when it comes to sustainable and responsible behavior.

As part of its activities in JAC, BuyIn facilitates audits with its members’ suppliers to ensure adherence to socially and environmentally responsible behavior. These audits can reach as far as the companies’ tier three suppliers, ensuring a responsible and compliant supply chain.

BuyIn is also committed to reducing its alliance members’ environmental impact by limiting energy consumption, reducing waste and of course by recycling whenever possible.

The company cares about promoting a sustainable workplace. Despite its many locations and activities in 40+ markets, BuyIn manages to keep business trips down to a minimum through solutions like video calls and conferencing as well as telepresence meetings.

Mandatory CSR Clause

All contracts negotiated via BuyIn for its members contain a mandatory CSR clause. The purpose of the clause is to ensure legally binding commitments by suppliers to our members’ CSR rules and policies. This applies to any and all contracts signed by Alliance members. Of course, the clause applies to their suppliers as well as their sub-contractors.

The clause ensures effective enforcement of applicable laws and regulations in countries in which they operate, while encouraging the implementation of social and environmental best practices. These include in particular the commitments to which the founding shareholders of BuyIn, Deutsche Telekom and Orange have subscribed, such as the United Nations Global Compact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization conventions (notably with regard to the ban on child labor and forced or compulsory labor), and OECD Guidelines (and the fight against bribery and corruption in particular).

Ethics Code of Conduct

BuyIn strongly believes that legally compliant and ethical conduct is vital to business success today. The BuyIn Ethics Code of Conduct (ECoC) is the framework for guiding the behavior of all BuyIn colleagues. It seeks to encourage respect for the laws and regulations in force in all countries where BuyIn operates.

Ethics Code of Conduct