To increase its competitiveness worldwide and benefit from every opportunity for innovation, Thales is committed to partnership with small- and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs are key to Thales’s success as an innovator, and almost 500 are currently involved in our R&D activities in France.
Thales is acutely aware of the need to work with smaller businesses and innovative start-ups to remain competitive in global markets.
Thales was one of the first recipients of France’s official certification for responsible supplier relations, awarded by the French association of purchasers and purchasing managers (CDAF) and renewed in 2016. High-quality supplier relations and an active involvement in the SME Pact, which aims to promote synergies between SMEs and major customers, are both part of a proactive policy of support for smaller companies and start-ups that Thales has pursued consistently for many years. Other initiatives include:
- Wide-ranging involvement of small businesses and medium-sized enterprises, which account for 75% of Thales’s purchasing spend in France
- Proactive deployment of best practices with these suppliers
Thales engages with suppliers through the SME Pact supplier survey, which provides key indicators and metrics on the quality of customer-supplier relations, payment terms and other issues. The Group is committed to constructive dialogue with suppliers in order to build strong, long-term relationships and support the development of their businesses.