EVBox Successfully Undergoes Corporate Social Responsibility Audit by multi-sector initiative ICS

Upon request of their French customer GreenYellow, EVBox, a leading provider of EV charging solutions, took part in their 2022 ICS social audit—a multi-sector initiative of social and environmental audits, and successfully obtained a global mark rating of 100% A. The audit took place on VDL Apparatenbouw’s manufacturing site in Eersel, the Netherlands.

AMSTERDAM, May 24, 2022GreenYellow, an energy transition partner for businesses and institutions, has joined forces with EVBox to install electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions at various customer premises. GreenYellow aims to roll out a few hundred EV charging locations in the following years.

EVBox Successfully Undergoes Corporate Social Responsibility Audit by multi-sector initiative ICS
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EVBox Successfully Undergoes Corporate Social Responsibility Audit by multi-sector initiative ICS

ICS to enhance sustainable supply chain management

As part of their global campaign for social (CSR) audits, GreenYellow reached out to EVBox to conduct an audit in their manufacturing factory close to Eindhoven (NL). The audit consisted of an on-site factory tour (including warehouse, production area, dormitory area, canteen, and kitchen), document review, and interviews of employees by an audit firm authorized by ICS. 

ICS is a multi-sector initiative of social and environmental audits in the textile, clothing, bazar, leisure, furniture, fixtures, equipment, appliances, and food sectors that works to improve working conditions along global supply chains. GreenYellow is a member of the ICS initiative through the Casino group, its parent company.

EVBox is compliant with the ICS Code of Conduct regarding labor conditions at their manufacturing factory

The overall purpose of the ICS on-site audit is to evaluate the facility’s compliance level with the ICS Code of Conduct, local regulations, and international standards and identify the necessary corrective actions and opportunities for improvement. 

The audit was conducted on-site on VDL’s premises in Eersel, the Netherlands. VDL Apparatenbouw has been a production partner of EVBox since 2011 and mainly produces the company’s commercial charger EVBox BusinessLine

The Code of Conduct covers nine chapters of the ICS social audit questionnaire:

  • Management system, transparency, and traceability
  • Minimum age, child labor, and young workers
  • Forced labor
  • Discrimination
  • Disciplinary practices, harassment, or abuse 
  • Freedom of association and grievance mechanism
  • Working hours and overtime
  • Remuneration and benefits
  • Health and safety

Corporate Social Responsibility is an essential part of our company philosophy. Therefore, I am very pleased that GreenYellow chose us as a supplier to conduct the ICS audit for us to prove that we’re compliant with industry standards when it comes to fair labor conditions—obtaining a 100% rating couldn’t make me more proud. Thanks to our trusted partner VDL Apparatenbouw we can produce here in Europe close to our customers. We can also look back at a great 12-year-long partnership and look forward to everything that is yet to come. I also want to recognize the hard work of our EVBox manufacturing and quality team—their professionalism and ambition to constantly improve EVBox’s quality processes have been fantastic. Peter Elshout (Head of Lean Manufacturing & Quality)

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About GreenYellow

GreenYellow, Groupe Casino's energy subsidiary, has become in 15 years a major player in the energy transition in France and abroad and a true ally of companies and communities.

Expert in decentralized solar photovoltaic production, energy efficiency and energy services, GreenYellow offers its customers a unique global platform to make their energy transition a beneficial reality.

Operating in 16 countries over four continents, GreenYellow is constantly enriching its offer through innovation, to meet the needs of private and public players and support them in reducing their carbon footprint. In 2018, Tikehau Capital and Bpifrance invested in GreenYellow to support its development and now hold a 24% joint stake in the company.

GreenYellow CSR policy spans all ESG topics with regards to its various stakeholders. In particular, the group has carried out an active plan to deploy responsible procurement practices in line with the ISO 20 400 norm.

Via its extended procurement community, GreenYellow has launched a global roadmap including suppliers CSR/HSE audits, CSR questionnaire campaigns, traceability mapping and contributing to various think tanks. In 2021, GreenYellow carried out 11 audits with its ICS partner and analyzed more than 60 CSR questionnaires from its TOP 100 suppliers and subcontractors worldwide. GreenYellow holds a Gold medal from the EcoVadis 2021 label, rewarding its CSR achievements on environmental and human rights considerations.

About VDL Apparatenbouw

VDL Apparatenbouw is a system supplier in the area of (complex) medical, optical, and mechatronic modules and devices for the OEM and consumer market. The company is specialized in assembling, testing, logistics, and project management. VDL Apparatenbouw works with both experienced OEMs and companies that are still in the startup or scale-up phase. Prototyping and co-development are common practices at VDL Apparatenbouw. Moreover, VDL Apparatenbouw can take over, manage, and optimize the complete logistical processes for all component purchases of its customers. As part of VDL Groep, we create “Strength through cooperation.”

About EVBox

Founded in 2010, EVBox empowers forward-thinking businesses to build a sustainable future by providing flexible and scalable electric vehicle charging solutions. With its offering of residential, commercial and fast charging stations, as well as scalable charging management software, EVBox ensures that electric mobility is accessible to everyone. The company has shipped over 400,000 charging ports to customers and partners and processes more than 1.4 million charging transactions per month on the EVBox Everon charging management software. Backed by ENGIE, EVBox is a leader in R&D, with facilities across Europe and North America developing groundbreaking electric vehicle charging technology.

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