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Hera consider its suppliers as strategic partners for corporate growth and not only simple actors of the value chain. At the end of 2017, the companies supplying goods, services, professional activities and work to the Hera Group included in the pool numbered 4,765. In particular, Hera issued purchase orders for around Euro 592 million (66% of the total and up by about 6% over 2016), to businesses based in the area Hera serves, a percentage essentially in line with previous years.


In 2017, the value of supplies by types of work or services requested by the Hera Group to social cooperatives was over Euro 62 million, up 9.5% compared to the previous year.

Out of the total of the services provided by social co-operatives, over Euro 61 million was assigned for waste management services, amounting to 29.2% of the Group’s total awards for these services. Supplies involved 44 cooperatives or consortia of social cooperatives, hiring 807 persons facing hardship (pursuant to Article 4 of Italian Law 381/91): 528 under permanent contracts and 365 under full-time contracts. At geographic level, the individuals employed were 325 in the Emilia area, and 370 in the Romagna area, leading to an 8% increase at overall level with respect to 2016, 76 in the Triveneto region and 106 in the Marche region.


All the qualified suppliers have subscribed a document in which they committ to the respect of SA8000 principles (see page 8 of the attached document). These principles concerning the respect of labor conditions (child labour, forced or compulsory labour, health and safety, freedom of association, discrimination, disciplinary practices, remuneration) and are stated in the international standard SA8000. This standard define the minimum compliance requirement for suppliers to the abovementioned principles (for more information see link). Subscribing this document the suppliers accept and commit also to the principles stated in the Code of Ethics.


Main dialogue and consultation initiatives:

  • Meetings continued with representatives of social cooperatives working in Emilia-Romagna for monitoring the employment of 807 persons facing hardship

Page updated 18 July 2018

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