What is it exactly?
What exactly is Valorise, the CSR self-evaluation web platform?
Valorise is a web platform aimed at simplifying the transmission of suppliers’ CSR information to their contractor clients.
In real terms, Valorise helps suppliers to conduct a self-assessment of their CSR process, based on ISO 26000 and presented in the form of 24 questions
Valorise is a unique approach to CSR committed to the following:
- Simplification: a single questionnaire based on a simplified ISO 26000 approach makes it easy to share CSR information. Suppliers share results of their self-assessment with the contractors of their choice
- Representation: food and specialised distribution sectors are all stakeholders in the project
- Digitalisation: a collaborative CSR reference web platform to replace paper questionnaires
- Inspiration: the exchange of best CSR practices
- Innovation: a unique multi-partner model
What is the purpose?
- Simplifying the CSR self-assessment process for suppliers (from micro-enterprise to multinational groups) thanks to a single portal for entering data and sharing results with just one click
- Optimising the CSR self-assessment process to save time for suppliers: a single repository to meet the demands of every contractor when it comes to CSR issues. This project, just like the framework, has been designed in collaboration with suppliers and contractors (user interviews, improved approach, alignment of questions and reality in the field). Changes in the portal and the framework bring users together
- Helping to steer the suppliers’ CSR strategy and action plans
- Enhancing CSR commitment of all actors in the chain
Once the self-assessment is completed, Valorise offers companies the possibility to:
- Receive a report on their CSR process, followed by an updated yearly review
- Identify areas for improvement
- Share and draw on the best CSR practices of others.
- Transmit results of the CSR self-assessment to contractors of their choice
- Compare their results with those of suppliers of other Valorise members
The Valorise collaborative approach thus bolsters relations between suppliers and contractors. Based on voluntary input, this process aims to promote transparency and progress.
What is the framework used for the self-assessment?
To build the shared framework, the four partner organisations examined the main tools already used in their own organisations. They then developed a CSR self-assessment questionnaire, ensuring that the tool was simple to use and could be accessed by all companies – including SME and VSME – while covering the core issues as set out in the ISO 26000 standard.
Preview the questionnaire before connecting to the plateform and starting your own CSR self-assessment.
How is the questionnaire structured?
The questionnaire consists in 24 criteria, divided into 6 chapters; each of the criteria offers 4 possible evaluation levels, all described in detail.
Preview the questionnaire before proceeding with your self-assessment.
Chapitre 1 : Governance
- Commitment of management and strategic project
- Operational implementation of social responsibility
- Relations with stakeholders
- Organisation of monitoring of regulations and standards
- Internal and external communication
Chapitre 2 : Social
- Respect for Human Rights
- Employment and relations employer / staff
- Working conditions and social protection
- Social dialogue
- Health and safety in the workplace
- Development of human capital and the fight against discrimination
Chapitre 3 : Environment
- Pollution prevention
- Sustainable use of resources
- Mitigation of climate change
Chapitre 4 : Fair practices
- The fight against corruption
- Responsible relations with public authorities
- Fair competition and respect for intellectual property
- Responsible purchasing and promotion of social responsibility in the value chain
Chapitre 5 : Consumers
- Consumer protection: health, safety, confidentiality and access to essential services
- Supporting consumers in transition to responsible consumption
- Client and consumer satisfaction
Chapitre 6 : Community and local development
- Interaction and solidarity of a company with its region
- Job creation and skill development
For whom, for what?
Who is behind the Valorise initiative?
Valorise is a joint collaborative project between four professional organisations representing suppliers and contractors (ANIA, COOP de France, FCD and FEEF) alongside a professional technology partner (GreenFlex).
ANIA (National Association of Food Industries) brings together 19 national sectoral trade organisations and 20 regional associations. ANIA is an important contact for the public authorities, administrations and media with regard to food-based issues. In 2015, it launched a “CSR kit”, designed to help businesses looking to implement a simple and progressive CSR process. Valorise now enables them to promote their CSR initiatives amongst the contractors of their choice.
Coop de France
Coop de France (Agricultural Cooperative of France) offers unified representation for the agricultural cooperative businesses that play an essential role in the French agricultural, agri-food and agro-industrial economy.
With 2400 co-op companies (cooperatives, unions and sica) + 11,545 CUMA (cooperatives for use of agricultural equipment), representing 40% of the agri-food turnover in France and 1 out of 3 food brands, Coop de France launched a voluntarist CSR strategy more than 10 years ago to coincide with the CSR process roll-out (3D Programme) and promotion (Label Coopératives So Responsible), a key differentiator on the markets.
The FCD (Federation of Businesses and Distributors) brings together most the majority of French mass retail brands working in food or specialised distribution. This sector accounts for 750,000 jobs, over 10 million clients per day, 2131 superstores, 5962 supermarkets, 3952 supermarkets marketing predominantly their own labels, close to 3700 click-and-collect services, approximately 20,000 neighbourhood shops and over 30,000 points of sale for a turnover of around 200 billion euros. The FCD operates especially in the fields of food safety, sustainable development, economic relations (SME, industrials, agricultural sectors) and relations with social partners, as well as on issues concerning regional planning and commercial urbanism.
The FEEF (French Federation of Companies and Entrepreneurs) is a network that brings together more than 900 independent entrepreneurs. It federates, represents and promotes its members amongst mass retailers, out-of-home caterers, e-commerce and specialised superstores with a view to fostering and encouraging business relations and dealings. The FEEF aims at stressing the importance of SME (98% of French companies) in the economic world and the need for different measures to support and accelerate their growth through innovation, digitalisation and export. In 2014, the FEEF launched the PME+ label, endorsing French eco-responsible SME.
Designer of sustainable solutions, GreenFlex has been convinced since 2009 that businesses should transform if they are to make a positive contribution to the world. The Group promotes acceleration of this transition and the reduction of environmental and societal costs with a view to tackling the major challenges facing businesses by offering support, from developing strategy to taking action for a future of optimal performance, a “Good Future”. The multi-skilled GreenFlex teams work day in and day out to develop sustainable operational solutions that offer support, financing and smart data for tangible and quantifiable results.
GreenFlex joined Total in 2017 as part of its ‘innovation and energy efficiency’ operations within the Gas, Renewables & Power division. GreenFlex employs more than 400 people in 15 offices throughout Europe, and in 2018 had a turnover of more than 500 million euro in 2018. The company has been in operation for almost ten years, accompanying than 750 clients
Why create a platform focusing on CSR?
The “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR) concept has gradually become a structural principle for corporate action. Cutting across the company, CSR involves all partners and concerns all activities: governance, human rights, working relations and conditions, environment, fair practice, community, local development and issues concerning consumers.
CSR now plays an important role in corporate activities as well as in the relations a company maintains with its stakeholders. This is true as well of distributors with regard to their suppliers; hence a strong call from suppliers to harmonise CSR requirements of distributors.
The consumer is also increasingly aware of the issues surrounding sustainable consumption*:
- In 2014, retailers were found to be the 6th agent of change when it came to sustainable development. Today, they are ranked 4th after companies/brands, the State and private citizens
- Only 24.7% of consumers consider that companies are honest in their communications regarding their sustainable development initiatives
- 81.6% of the French population expect companies to work on reducing the environmental and social impact of their products
* Results from the 12th GreenFlex barometer on the French and Responsible Consumption (results in French presented on 30 May 2017)
I am a supplier: why should I do an online self-assessment?
Thanks to the Valorise platform, I can:
- Take stock of CSR activities and identify areas for improvement
- Monitor progress year after year regarding each assessment criterion
- Use a CSR benchmarking tool common to suppliers and contractors
- Save time by simplifying CSR reporting to selected contractors
- Highlight my best CSR practices to contractors and show them to be a key competitive edge
- Compare my results with those of other suppliers on the platform.
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I am a trade organisation: why should I get involved in the project?
Thanks to the Valorise platform, I can:
Assess the CSR maturity of my members (for industrialist organisations) or members’ suppliers (for contractor organisations)
Use a CSR benchmarking tool common to suppliers and contractors
See the results of my sector in dynamic dashboards
Participate in a collective initiative that is virtuous and that benefits my members
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I am a contractor: how does Valorise membership benefit me?
Valorise gives contractors a platform that brings together the CSR evaluations of its supplier database, making it possible to display results in concise consolidated tables.
Monitoring and consultation of supplier results: summary by supplier, aggregated results, detailed, customised reports, benchmarking
Use of results: highlighting of suppliers CSR best practices
How does it work?
How is the project conducted?
The benchmark was developed and then tested amongst companies (industrialists and contractors) to ensure it corresponded to real conditions in the field. The portal was put online on 13 September 2017. Users, suppliers and contractors are involved in any changes in the platform.
I am a contractor: why should I get involved in the project?
Valorise provides a platform with all the CSR assessments of suppliers and displays the results in the form of dynamic, exportable dashboards.
Thanks to the Valorise platform, I can:
- Assess the CSR maturity of my current and potential suppliers
- Use a CSR questionnaire, based on ISO 26000, common to suppliers and contractors. The questionnaire addresses all core issues presented in ISO 26000
- Use an e-tool that is affordable for both suppliers (starting at €70 excl. tax per campaign) and contractors (€5000 excl. tax per campaign)
- Save time by grouping together all evaluations on one single platform
- Monitor my suppliers’ CSR maturity and view all results in the form of dynamic dashboards
- Track the progress of each supplier on each assessment criterion
- Consult the best CSR practices of my suppliers
I am a supplier: what are the steps to my online CSR self-assessment?
Registration of the company on the Valorise platform:
- Creation of a company account and user account
- Creation of my sites (service or production site)
- Creation of your sites (services sites or production sites)
- In the “sites” menu > “new site”
- It is possible to delegate the self-assessment of a specific site to a co-worker by providing their email address. This person will receive an email with their own login information for connecting to the platform
- Self-assessment of sites (for services) and/or production sites (for products): reply to the online questionnaire based on ISO 26000, 24 criteria assessed over 4 levels)
- In the “CSR self-assessment” menu: select the questionnaire for a site on the home page (on left-hand side of the page)
- Modify the site in question (ON/OFF button)
- Answer questions (each question appears when clicking on the bar with the site name) and proceed to self-assessment (4 possible levels)
- Add comments or documents corresponding to each question that provide extra information (optional)
- * Once transmitted, the answers are final: the questionnaire can no longer be modified
- the “Subscription” menu: payment for the subscription (starting at €70 excl. tax per company, depending on number of employees) for the current campaign
- The subscription must be paid before results can be shared with contractors
- Transmission of results: selection of companies for sharing results and best practices. In the “Share” menu:
- Select contractors to whom results are to be transmitted
- For each selected contractor, provide your status (approved/prospective supplier), type of product/service (private label/national brand, food/non-food/non-commercial) 3 examples of EAN codes (8 or 13 digits): these codes help contractors identify you more easily in their own databases
- Valorise affirms its commitment to respecting the confidentiality of answers shared in compliance with the terms of sale and use
- Transmission of results to selected contractors
- Viewing one’s own results
- In the “Results” menu: access to the dynamic dashboard, with results summarized by campaign/activity/site, monitoring of developments and benchmarking by activity
- Best Practices
- In the “Best practices” menu: access to the Best Practices module, either to publish or to consult a company’s best CSR practices
Any questions? Online support is available once connected to the platform.
Why sharing examples of EAN codes?
When selecting the retailers you wish to share your results with, enter your EAN codes (8 or 13 digits):
- These codes are essential for the signs that will identify you more easily in their databases
- How to add them?
- In the “Share” menu: for a site, select all or some of the retailers to whom you want to send your results
- An EAN field appears: fill in 3 EAN codes per contractor from among all the products you sell it
- How should you proceed if the site only provides one product per retailer: Enter the corresponding EAN
- How should you proceed if you want to share the self-assessment of your site with retailers that you are not yet a customer of? Enter the EAN 00000000
What are the dates of the next self-assessment campaign?
- Opening of the 2019 campaign: October 3, 2019
- feuille Closing of the Valorise platform (for data entry): November 29, 2019
How much time will it take to complete my self-evaluation?
To complete the questionnaire, the supplier should prepare the different elements of their responses. The estimated timeframe is half a day. This timeframe is given for information only and may change depending on the status of your CSR process, the number of employees involved when collecting information, the quantity of supporting documents to be shared.
Once this step has been completed, entering the responses on the questionnaire takes 10 minutes on average.
Key points about the portal:
- Flexibility: you can come back to the portal several times to finish completing the self-assessment before sending it
- Collaboration: you can delegate responsibility for answering specific questions to other staff who are able to reply more effectively
- Duplication: you can copy answers for one site to another site if the specific features of the sites justify this
I am a supplier: what is the pricing policy?
A new rate policy is in effect starting with the 2019 Valorise campaign. This new pricing policy is indexed on the company size (number of employees at the head office and all subsidiaries):
1 to 49 employees : 70 €
50 to 99 employees : 250 €
100 to 249 employees : 450 €
250 to 999 employees : 650 €
1000 employees or more : 950 €
By subscribing for a campaign, I have access to:
- My self-assessment for all my production sites regardless of how many
- Dynamic reporting by site and by company
- The shared results of the contractors of my choice
- An unlimited number of contributors
- The Best practices module
I am a contractor: what is the pricing policy?
For €5000 excl. tax per campaign and per company, I can access:
- The aggregated results of my suppliers’ self-evaluations
- Dynamic reporting by campaign, activity, supplier, site and country
- To my suppliers’ dashboards for an unlimited number of users (Purchasing, Quality, CSR)
- The best CSR practices of my suppliers
How long is my subscription to Valorise?
- Each subscription is valid for one self-assessment campaign and the transmission of the results (between September and November)
- The invoice issued for each payment is for the calendar year (from 1 January to 31 December of the current year)
- At the end of the campaign, it is no longer possible to access and/or finalize answers to the questionnaire, or to share the results
- The results and best practices may be consulted through the end of the current and following year