The EDPR’s market leadership, based in value creation capacity, innovation and relationship with its stakeholders, is much influenced by the performance of its suppliers.

EDPR bases its relationship with suppliers on trust, collaboration and creation of shared value. This results in a joint capacity to innovate, strengthen sustainability policy and improve quality of operations.


After a period of an extensive characterization study of EDPR ́s purchases, aiming a deeper knowledge about the economic, social and environmental impacts of EDPR’s supply chain, 2017 was a year for definition of priorities concerning sustainability management.

The suppliers are evaluated throughout an multi criteria matrix (annual value spend; supply frequency; access to customers; access to technical equipment or sensitive data; supplier substitutability; component substitutability; supply failure consequence; supplier segmentation; safety risks, environmental risks and obligations) to identify their criticism.

Streamlining, from the point of view of criticism for the business, EDPR’s suppliers are categorized in:

  • Critical suppliers: Turbines, BOP (Balance of Plant) and O&M (Operation and Maintenance), and;
  • Non-critical suppliers: Indirect purchases.

After the implementation of the Sustainable Procurement Policy, a better control has been introduced in the suppliers management process. This year, EDPR has worked in many areas, namely in the definition of pre-qualification and evaluation processes of its suppliers.




EDPR has defined policies and procedures to ensure the several aspects that fill in with the sustainability of the supply chain, as well as the management and mitigation of any type of environmental, social or ethical risks in the supply chain.

EDPR suppliers have successfully perform the approval processes established by EDP Group. The rule “pass or fail” is applied to suppliers. If they do not meet the main requirements set by EDPR they will not be selected to provide services.

For all suppliers considered as critical (regardless of the purchase volume) EDPR ensures from the bidding to the time of providing the service (work execution or maintenance) the compliance of technical quality, economical/financial solvency, and health, safety and environmental management.



EDPR monitors critical suppliers during their services delivery, taking into account aspects as quality, safety, health and environment (waste management, oil spills, etc.). EDPR also ensures the compliance with standards, commitments and procedures of EDPR in all value chain.

EDPR uses applications for health and safety and environmental management, including regulatory and obligation tracking, which work as collaborative tools, therefore involving the entire organization and suppliers to prevent work and environmental accidents. Furthermore, in the wind farms are carried out drills regarding health and safety and environmental accidents or incidents.

The relevant aspects for EDPR in relation to sustainability in the supply chain are Innovation, Health and Safety, Respect for the Environment, Ethics and Local Development. These aspects are expressed in the Procurement Manual


1. Based on purchase orders placed in 2017

2. Critical suppliers as defined as per EDP formal corporate standard methodology

3 & 4. Based on the total invoiced volume in 2017

5. Based on purchase orders placed in 2017. Local purchases are considered these ones realized in countries where EDPR has activities: from Brazil purchasing center in Brazil; from Europe purchasing center in all the European countries where EDPR operates, and from North America in US, Canada and Mexico.