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Chain responsibility

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the operator of the airport. The operational requirements, and thus the principal requirements for carrying out our socio-economic function, have been laid down in the Aviation Act. This act stipulates that we promote optimum use of the airport as a high-quality hub of national and international air traffic, taking into account the limits that apply with respect to safety and the environment. Among other things, the act stipulates that Schiphol must provide the facilities needed for the proper handling of air traffic and the associated transport of passengers and goods at the airport.

In our capacity as operator of the airport, we have a coordinating role. We are proud to collaborate with numerous companies and organisations within and outside the airport area that want to play a leading role with respect to sustainability. Together, we have been able to take concrete steps towards increasing the sustainability of the Mainport and improving the appeal of the region. Schiphol is strongly committed to continuing this development together with its partners and suppliers.

We coordinate processes or chains of related activities on many fronts. Our own activities are influenced through direct coordination and control. This includes our own energy consumption, our vehicle fleet, energy consumption in the buildings that we rent out and our employees' commuter traffic.

We have indirect control over the activities of third parties. We can encourage other parties who are active at the airport to increase their sustainability levels. Areas of attention could include the vehicle fleet, energy consumption and commuting. Lastly, we can influence others through partnerships aimed at the sustainable development of Schiphol. Examples include the landing and take-off cycle of aircraft, and traffic (cargo and passengers) to and from the airport.

Responsible procurement

Schiphol requires Corporate Responsibility to be an integral part of the business operations of its suppliers. It is an important criterion in our procurement processes, governed by the five socio-economic themes to which Schiphol seeks to contribute. It is crucial that partners in the chain call each other to account. More information on this topic can be found in the section Consultation with stakeholders.

The central procurement department of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol selects the suppliers from which the business areas may purchase products and services. A key requirement is that current and potential suppliers consciously exercise Corporate Responsibility. This policy is included as a selection criterion in (European) tenders. The policy describes the framework and rules for procurement activities in areas such as working conditions. The underlying contracts contain specific agreements. If a supplier fails to comply with the agreed framework, the contract may be terminated. One element of the Public Procurement Act is the principle of proportionality. This means that, when it comes to making choices, the requirements and conditions which Schiphol imposes on a supplier in a tendering procedure must be in a reasonable proportion to the nature and scope of the contract to be awarded.

In 2012, we prepared a supplier code for our largest suppliers. This is a group of suppliers from which Schiphol purchases 80% of its products and services. Around 73% of these suppliers have signed the supplier code.

In 2013, 77% of our total procurement volume was obtained from CR-conscious suppliers. In 2012, this figure was 70.7%.