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Strategic procurement

Actively contributing to Desjardins Group's business strategy

Our relationship with suppliers

Desjardins builds business relationships with suppliers based on respect and collaboration, and with industry best practices in mind. We make it a priority to apply strict and ethical guidelines to the contract awarding procedure. Our suppliers must understand and share Desjardins's values and sustainable development efforts.

In 2016, Desjardins Group purchased $1.4 billion worth of products and services from some 2,500 suppliers located in Quebec and the rest of Canada.

Nearly half of procurement at Desjardins is done in the technological area.

Breakdown of procurement purchases made by Desjardins in 2016 (excluding claims and the caisse network)

Breakdown of purchases made in 2017.

Professional services
Telecommunications
Hardware
Software
Logistics
Marketing and communication
Building and facility management
Office Supplies, Printing, and Records...
Lodging, Meals, and Travel
Market Data

Desjardins uses a strict supplier selection process while maintaining a certain degree of agility with regards to the value of acquisitions and level of risk.

We proceed by invitation with suppliers for very specific needs. Suppliers are then selected on a scale on the basis of factors such as price, quality, innovation, social responsibility and business reciprocity. Business reciprocity and social responsibility can award suppliers extra points in near-tie situations.

What we mainly look for in suppliers is operational excellence, financial performance and corporate citizenship.

We evaluate suppliers throughout our business relationship with them to promote transparency, engage in negotiations based on facts, redefine the client-supplier relationship and have a tool with which to measure important factors (service quality, time management, etc.). The process allows us to reach a satisfying, win-win relationship.

Supplier evaluation is based on 4 criteria:

Desjardins evaluates suppliers based on 4 criteria: cost, service, agility and Desjardins values.

Cost

  • Total cost of ownership
  • Shared risk
  • Continuous improvement

Service

  • Strength and transparency of business relationship
  • Ease of doing business

Agility

  • Ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment

Desjardins values

  • Cooperation
  • Social responsibility
  • Sustainable development

Supplier performance is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of goods and services
  • Flexibility
  • Total cost of ownership
  • Continuous improvement
  • Shared risk
  • Social responsibility and sustainable development
  • Commitment to Desjardins values

To submit your company profile and let us know you're interested in developing a business relationship with Desjardins, please fill out the Request for Supplier Status form so we can include you in our database in the relevant business category. The database is being used to build a pool of applicants from which Desjardins can select future suppliers.

Note that Desjardins is under no obligation to use your services. We'll contact only the suppliers who, in our opinion, are most likely to meet our requirements when a procurement need arises.

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