1. 1Prologues
  2. 2Introduction
  3. 3Equality of treatment and non-discrimination
  4. 4 Integration in the labour market as an element of value
  5. 5 Fostering full accessibility
  6. 6 Relationships with suppliers and subcontractors
  7. 7 Social action
  8. 8 Communication as a responsible tool
  9. 9 How to implement CSR-D
  10. 10 Self-diagnosis questionnaire
  11. 11 CSR-D report patterns and follow-up indicators
  12. 12Relevant European and international legislation
  13. 13Glossary
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Relationships with suppliers and subcontractors

There is no doubt that big companies can have an influence on their suppliers’ behaviour. Therefore CSR is not limited to the company alone, it also covers the supply chain.

Concerning disability, this means that the company can become an essential reference for its suppliers and subcontractors if it favours commercial relations with the companies that comply with employment regulations for the employment of people with disabilities.

Also, the accessibility of products and services offered by the company entails the necessary respect of the “design for all” concept by those suppliers which are part of the production chain of a product or service.

Finally, the company can also contribute to creating employment for people with disabilities through the inclusion among its usual suppliers of sheltered workshops that employ people with disabilities and which of course comply with the quality requirements demanded of all suppliers.


In order for the company to become a role model regarding social responsibility and disability, the company can do the following:

  • Through its procurement policy the company will favour the suppliers that comply with the employment regulations for people with disabilities.
  • Additionally, the company will consider the option of excluding from its suppliers list companies that do not comply with employment regulations for people with disabilities. The suppliers would be informed of this decision and would be given a reasonable time to be assessed and supported in order to comply with the regulation.
  • The company can demand that suppliers implement “design for all” on the products or services purchased by the company.
  • The company will favour purchases from sheltered workshops.