Sonae (UK) has achieved the Achilles UVDB Category B1 status through assessment for Safety, Health, Environmental & Quality practices and procedures as a registered supplier on Verify.

The UVDB Verify Audit was introduced by the Achilles UVDB community to provide a higher level of pre-qualification assurance for buyers within the utilities sector.  The intent of the UVDB Verify Audit is to enable Achilles UVDB buyers access to a suitably pre-qualified supply chain that they can invite to tender.

The UVDB Verify Audit specifically looks at a Suppliers approach to Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility.  The Verify protocol provides the Utilties companies an independent assessment of supplier’s management systems in each of the discipline areas both from an internal management system perspective as well as a test of the application onsite.  The results of the audits are published online and used by buying and compliance representatives within each subscribing utility.

The UVDB Verify Audit is clearly differentiated from the ISO certification in that it provides the buying organisations with a high level view of the existing management systems and supporting resources against community specific risk areas.

“The Achilles UVDB Verify B1 status is a stipulated contract condition within a number of contracts that the company have entered into, that the company must attain and retain Achilles UVDB B2/B1 Verify status for the duration of the contract period.  We are therefore delighted to have achieved the status as a registered supplier to compliment our existing ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditations as a mark of quality providing further assurance to our customers of our service level commitments, explained Paul Murphy, CEO at Sonae (UK).”