83,981Total number of suppliers

9,040 Suppliers that presented offers

6,417 Suppliers compliant with quality and environmental criteria

2,235 Operations handled through the Internet purchasing portal

14,442 Training hours received by suppliers

Suppliers and subcontractors

Their expectations:

  • A well-organised, innovative company that adapts easily to change.

  • Potential for future growth.

Ferrovial's relations with its suppliers and subcontractors are an essential part of its business activities. Its Quality Policy considers suppliers and subcontractors to be collaborators "and seeks mutual benefits, joining forces in creativity for a positive impact on quality and services and establishing long-term customer relations, if possible". Ferrovial had business relations with around 84,000 suppliers in 2007.

Ferrovial requires its suppliers and subcontractors to comply with certain principles in its Code of Business Ethics, particularly as regards human rights, and has been hosting a series of meetings with them to raise their awareness of corporate responsibility issues, especially Global Compact principles, since 2005.

Relations with major suppliers are generally handled by the Procurements Department, which is responsible for centralised purchase management, although it also provides assessment for many decentralised purchases, which account for most suppliers. Decentralised purchasing is handled by the corresponding business departments.

Purchasing management 

Ferrovial has a centralised procedure to ensure that the products and services it purchases comply with contractual requirements and are acquired in the best possible conditions at the best possible cost from suppliers that assume those requirements and guarantee equal opportunities in their hiring processes.

The centralised procedure applies to all purchases (or leases) of products and services within the Process Monitoring Plan and those that require specific environmental conditions or have a relevant economic impact. Major purchases being processed are published and updates posted continuously on the Purchasing Management section of Ferrovial's website so that any supplier in the world can contact the company to send offers.

Supplier evaluation

Supplier and subcontractor evaluation processes are based on measuring behaviour through incidences and take supplier and subcontractor profiles into account. The information systems used to manage purchasing and subcontracting (Ferro B2B, inquiries on provisioning and purchasing knowledge management systems) include health and safety incidences in the workplace.

388 supplier-related incidences were registered in 2007, 37 of which were related to health and safety issues or the environment. In the case of subcontractors, 153 incidences related to health and safety or the environment were registered.

If the Procurement Department receives three incidences in a year, the supplier passes onto a "rejected" list and a ban is enacted on any contracts with it for 3 years. The Procurement Director's authorisation is required before transactions can be entered into with the supplier after this period.

There are currently no incentives in purchasing management that take social factors and human rights into account. But the Procurement Department can ban contracts with any supplier for causes of interest to Ferrovial, which include violations of its Code of Ethics in relation to the principle of abolishing child labour.

Purchasing Management


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