EcoVadis Sustainability Rating: The power of supply chain

image ecovadisEcoVadis is a sustainability rating platform for global supply chains. EcoVadis Scorecards make it easy to understand, track and improve environmental, social and ethical performance worldwide. More than 20,000 companies use EcoVadis to reduce risk, drive innovation and foster transparency and trust between trading partners.

Buyers ask their suppliers to be rated by EcoVadis’ experts on their sustainability performance following EcoVadis’ assessment methodology (150 purchasing categories, 110 countries, and 21 CSR indicators). After the questionnaire has been completed by suppliers and necessary internal documents like policies or procedural instructions are attached, EcoVadis analysts rate it and the results are published in a scorecard, which then foms the necessary basis for improvement and discussions with buyers.

Further information


Build internal know-how with our trainings

We developed training packages in cooperation with EcoVadis: From free webinars for starters and advanced companies until team trainings on-site at your location. Click here to learn more.

Our services

Starter: EcoVadis Response Check

Make sure your answers to the questionnaire are in line with EcoVadis’ requirements. Our team will get into the system, check your answers, provide a short report on how to improve the format by indicating table with missing references, wrong document attachment, errors in question path, unanswered questions. In this sense, you will have specific feedback on how to improve the format of the answers and alignment with EcoVadis principle.

Learn more how DFGE supports with its EcoVadis Response Check various corporations from various branches to optimize their ratings.

  • Review
  • Short report with feedback per question
  • Follow-up call

EcoVadis – complete

ecovadis logoOur team will fill out the questionnaire with the right existing documents, and will then help identify a CSR Improvement Strategy using the results. Our team answers the questionnaire, selects the proper documents, suggests more documents to be added, and then uploads them into the system and fills in the answers.  Then, we will formalize a prioritized Improvement Plan with solutions. To do so, we will analyze each document to provide specific guidance on how to improve them. We will synthesize it in a general CSR Roadmap which specifies spheres of activity and time frame.

  • Kick-off meeting with introduction into the project
  • Review of existing documents
  • Formalization of questionnaire responses
  • Development of an Improvement Plan
  • Creation of your CSR road map


In the context of your EcoVadis participation, we can offer you further services which are adjusted according to your advancement in the EcoVadis process. Our free webinars provide a first overview, on-site trainings make sure that your sustainability team gets to know and understands the basics of CSR reporting.

For beginners, we also offer a turn-key response product, based on the already existing policies your company has – you just have to check and approve it, we take over the rest.

Based on your current EcoVadis status, meaning your last answered EcoVadis questionnaire, we offer you a creation of the required improvement strategy. This helps you to set up a CSR road map, in which concrete measures are adjusted to your company and prioritized.

Finally, we support you throughout the process of implementation, create the required policies and assist during the application in your daily business.

  • Trainings & webinars
  • Response of the questionnaire
  • Development of an improvement strategy
  • Implementation on the ground

Free webinars

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Your advantages:

  • Expert knowledge: Make use of our experience. We are the first official partner of EcoVadis in the DACH region. Our team consists of CSR experts with more than 20 years of experience with various CSR reporting standards like UNGC, CDP, GRI – and EcoVadis.
  • Scalability: Profit from horizontal and vertical scalability. No matter if you are a SMB or a company acting worldwide, no matter if you are an EcoVadis beginner or if you are already taking part for several years.
  • Progress: Improve your sustainability management system. We help you provide a better answer to your EcoVadis questionnaire which leads to address risks, better manage client’s requests, better monitor the success of your actions, better communicate on your commitments.
  • Turnkey solution: We minimize your workload by creating a turnkey solution, going from the formalization of responses to the creation of required documents.
  • Time-saving solution: Within only 2-7 weeks, you get a finalized solution. We work “iteratively and recursively”, meaning that you always get the answer which suits best at a certain moment. In the following years, these answers are checked, complemented and expanded. This way, you can document a continuous improvement process.  You don’t sign a perennial consultancy contract in which you are bound for several years.
EcoVadis process

Buyers ask the suppliers to be assessed by EcoVadis sustainability experts. Suppliers have to fill a declarative questionnaire and provide supporting documents, which will then be analyzed by EcoVadis’ teams, according to a methodology based on international standards. During this review, the location, size and sector of the supplier is taken into account. These results are then gathered into a scorecard, accessible from the platform for both suppliers and buyers. This scorecard shows the strengths and improvement areas of the supplier company’s sustainability management system. Policies, actions and reporting are analyzed under four categories:

  • environment
  • labor practices
  • fair business practices and
  • sustainable procurement.

A focus on continuous improvement

This approach fosters continuous improvement as companies formalize their commitments, then implement them with actions and finally review the success of these actions by monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). On the basis of these KPIs, objectives are reviewed and new actions are implemented. There is a possibility to launch an improvement plan on EcoVadis platform with the CAP (Corrective Action Plan) tool.

Advantages of EcoVadis

EcoVadis business model brings advantages for buyers and for suppliers.

For suppliers:

  • Share easily with different client companies
  • Benefit from recognized third-party survey
  • Understand and improve CSR performance

For buyers:

  • Protect the brand by managing risks
  • Drive performance in the supply chain
  • Benefit from a centralized solution