An ambitious and innovative value supply chain is essential to our operations. Suppliers play a crucial part in meeting the needs of our customers, so it’s only right that we invest in, and nurture, strong, lasting relationships.
Thales in the UK engages with suppliers and supply chains from around the world, but around 85% of them are right here in the UK. Sourcing locally is just one of the ways we contribute sustainably to our economy and jobs market, including supporting Small Medium Enterprises.
We spend around £750 million a year with our suppliers. We don’t just procure from them; we provide best in class development support to help them grow, improve and become more competitive. Our Supplier Development Managers support our suppliers to improve their capability and maturity, and also help many of them through the UK SC21 programme, which is aimed at creating world class supply chains for the UK aerospace and defence sectors.
Certifications, laws and regulations are critical to our operations at Thales in the UK, and we expect our suppliers to adhere to them with the same level of care. We are a member of the UN Global Compact Network, which defines and implements social regulations to foster “a more beneficial relationship between business and society”. In line with our member commitments, we only work with reputable suppliers who support our ethical policies and values, and uphold our cultural commitments.
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