Enel aims to play a leading role in regard to the companies with which it collaborates, in particular small- and medium- size enterprises, by “supporting them” in the process of developing a solid safety culture.
Enhancing the weighting of safety in tender processes was one of the actions undertaken in the Nine Points program in 2011. With a view to disseminating responsible safety practices along the whole supply chain, Enel has continued to implement the qualification and selection model for suppliers, also in compliance with the law in force on safety. In addition, the Company promoted greater involvement of people who work in safety in the qualification and selection processes, through the preparation of documents which establish the means to assess safety aspects and the role of Safety Units in the process. For selection, in particular, guidelines have been established which envisage the use, where possible, of qualified firms, the definition of rotation criteria based on safety indicators, the assessment of safety parameters connected to the specific tender and the use of safety parameters
needed to participate in open tender procedures through publication of a tender competition in the Official Journal of the European Union.
In 2011 the system of contractual fines was also reviewed for cases of serious safety violations, with the definition of sanctions that are proportional to the seriousness of the violations committed, including those for injuries to staff of the contracting company, the responsibility for which falls to the latter.
In order to extend the protection of workers’ safety also along the subcontracting chain, in 2011 a policy was put in place on subcontracts which defines the minimum safety requirements for subcontractors used in the execution of tender contracts with Enel Group companies. In addition, this policy specifies the workplace safety obligations which both the contractor and subcontractor are required to respect.
As from 2012 all the companies which work for Enel will receive the “Health and Safety Policy”, a document which summarizes the key points of the Group’s health and safety policy. The document, which is available on the purchasing portal, aims to raise contractors’ awareness on the adoption of the health and safety principles which Enel applies in the undertaking of all internal and external activities, in order to share with companies the
same “language” used by Enel.
Last update: July 2012