Information for our Suppliers
Creating Values and Growing Together
Collaboration built on trust is a key ingredient for success: both for ourselves and our suppliers.
>70% of our spend with suppliers providing a valid sustainability score
>50% of purchase order processing with our suppliers automated via standard IT-interfaces
Approx. 10,000 suppliers
Values and Goals
Our collaboration is based on shared values and goals that secure our competitiveness and mutual success in the long term. We count on a constructive partnership and enduring cooperation as well as fair market conditions in good times and bad.
Quality and Reliability
You rank among the best in your market and support us with innovative products, reliable services, punctual deliveries and competitive prices.
We also expect our partners to use a management system that meets ISO 9100 (quality) requirements or one compatible with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). Industrial suppliers must be certified to ISO 14002 (environmental protection).
Sustainability and Social Standards
Our ambition is to contribute to a more sustainable society and to balance ecological and socio- economic interests within the entire supply chains.
WACKER has joined international initiatives such as Responsible Care® and Global Compact and fully supports the principles described therein. We expect from our suppliers, business partner and/or potential new suppliers to follow the same corporate responsibility guidelines to comply with these principles.
These guidelines are summarized in our WACKER supplier code of conduct.
Therefore, WACKER also has clear expectations towards our suppliers in terms of sustainability and social standards.
As a member of Together for Sustainability (TfS), which is an alliance of ~30 chemical companies, WACKER monitors the sustainability performance of our suppliers regularly.
WACKER expects all key suppliers to either have an Ecovadis assessment score exceeding 45 or to pass a TfS Audit without any major deviations.
Digital Collaboration with our Suppliers
We are counting on digitalization, innovation, efficient procurement processes and cutting-edge IT systems to achieve this goal. We expect our suppliers to support us in these endeavors by using standard IT interfaces.
WACKER strives for a highly efficient, digital collaboration with our suppliers.
This includes in particular:
electronic tendering via SAP ARIBA; provision of e-catalogues; electronic processing of the purchasing process from purchase order to payment via standardized IT platforms, in particular SAP ARIBA.
Therefore, WACKER expects our suppliers to support this digital collaboration platforms as an important prerequisite to become or remain among our preferred suppliers.
For more information, please follow the link
Purchasing System Information
To find out more about WACKER's new purchasing system and the available market interfaces, please visit the following page:Purchasing System Information
We have an especially close relationship with our most important suppliers that goes beyond the principles mentioned above:
- Supplier evaluation: we regularly evaluate the performance of our key suppliers.
- Continuous improvement process: we regularly communicate with our key suppliers about how they are furthering their development to ensure a long-lasting supplier relationship.
- Supplier qualifications and audits: we conduct random checks or regular quality checks or process audits, if necessary.
- Sustainability: WACKER is a member of the Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative. Our key suppliers can provide proof that their business practices harmonize with globally acceptable sustainability criteria.
Communicating with You
To further intensify communication with our partner companies, we have been holding Supplier Days in Europe, Asia and the USA since 1995. These events focus on current topics and serve as a management-level platform where WACKER and key suppliers can exchange information.
Our Supplier Days
Good to Know – Links & Downloads
Our framework agreements in business dealings with our suppliers are detailed in our Terms and Conditions of Procurement.
The safety manual (available in German only) covers all important information, rules and instructions to ensure that the activities of partner companies and their subcontractors are conducted safely at all German WACKER sites.
The site instruction provides partner companies information about all current regulations and is specifically designed for each site.
A successfully passed instruction is prerequisite for partner company employees to be allowed to enter a specific site with their WACKER company ID card and start work there.
A credit memo is issued automatically on the basis of the order and incoming goods data – no invoices are sent and orders can be completed more quickly.
Guarantees secure the deposit, contractual fulfillment and the warranty relating to orders. We only accept guarantees in line with WACKER’s guarantee forms.
Advance Payment Bond
(DOCX 43.3 KB) - English – valid globally
Guarantee for Claims based on Defects
(DOCX 42.5 KB) - English – valid globally
Guarantee for Performance and Cases of Breach of Contract
(DOCX 42.7 KB) - English – valid globally
Guarantee for Performance and Cases of Breach of Contract for Frame Contract
(DOC 55.0 KB) - English – valid globally
The e-catalog (available in German only) includes approved products with agreed specifications and prices negotiated by WACKER and our suppliers. The e-catalog software supports procurement for recurring demand and requires suppliers to provide all the data in a standardized form.
Our suppliers print a matrix barcode or a QR code on the delivery notes – these are recorded directly in SAP at WACKER’s centralized incoming goods department.